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The Island of Dr.Moreau (Modern Library) (original 1896; edition 2002)

by H.G. Wells

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After narrowly missing death at sea, a young man encounters an eccentric scientist on a lonely island, which leads to terror and a fight for survival.
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Title:The Island of Dr.Moreau (Modern Library)
Authors:H.G. Wells
Info:Random House USA Inc (2002), Paperback, 240 pages
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The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells (Author) (1896)

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Shipwrecked man is found and brought to an island filled with biological experiments. On the surface it is a story about man trying to survive this horror island filled half animal/half man creatures and the mad scientist who created them. Below the surface I think it is about religion, but i'm not sure yet and have to think more about it.

Wells is a great writer though and it was a good read. ( )
  nmorse | Dec 3, 2019 |
Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. ( )
  Joe73 | Oct 23, 2019 |
"Wells saw history as a race between education and catastrophe."

Published in 1896, the novel could be read as a cautionary tale of the consequences of science for science's sake. There is foreboding throughout - beasts! madmen! danger!

Yet there are also many layers of meaning. In the edition I read Margaret Atwood describes ten interpretations of the novel - from a social commentary on the class system of the age to a religious allegory. Don't read it before the novel, though, as there are spoilers. Wells, himself, described his book as a "science romance," a dark, sinister adventure story. It's a great book! ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
When Edward Pendrick is saved from a shipwreck he ends up on a mysterious island where Dr. Moreau and his assistant Montgomery are conducting secret scientific experiments. Pendrick starts noticing strange things about the men working for Moreau and the island wildlife. H.G. Wells writes a horror novel that holds up over a hundred years. Many of the questions raised about scientific ethics are still relevant today. At the time, the big scientific ethic debate was regarding vivisection, but we could insert the controversy over genetic engineering today and the story is still relevant. Wells also makes the reader ask themselves what it means to be human versus animal. Is human and animal natures really all that different? I enjoyed reading this relatively short novel and pondering some of the questions raised. I am really impressed at how well a book written so long ago still seems relevant today. ( )
  Cora-R | Jul 31, 2019 |
From The Sayers of the Law:

“His is the House of Pain.
“His is the Hand that makes.
“His is the Hand that wounds.
“His is the Hand that heals.”
“His is the lightning flash,” we sang.
“His is the deep, salt sea.”
“His are the stars in the sky.”
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  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wells, H. G.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldiss, Brian WilsonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Michele, RossanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, MasonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kent, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kindt, AnnemarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLean, StevenNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrinder, PatrickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I do not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the Lady Vain."
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Das Schreien klang draußen noch lauter. Es war, als hätte aller Schmerz der Welt eine Stimme gefunden. Und doch - hätte ich gewußt, daß im Nebenzimmer solcher Schmerz zugefügt wurde, und wäre er stumm ertragen worden, ich glaube - so habe ich mir seither gedacht -, ich hätte es ganz gut aushalten können. Erst, wenn das Leiden Ausdruck findet und unsere Nerven erbeben macht, quält uns das Mitleid.
[Kapitel 8, letzter Absatz - S. 41 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
All diese Geschöpfe trugen trotz ihrer menschlichen Form und trotz der Andeutung von Kleidung in sich, in ihre Bewegungen, in den Ausdruck ihrer Gesichter, in ihr ganzes Wesen hinein verwoben, das unverkennbare Zeichen eines Tiers ...
[Kapitel 9, 15. Absatz - S. 45 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
Aber, wie gesagt, ich war zu aufgeregt und - das ist wahr, wenn auch jemand, der die Gefahr nie gekannt hat, vielleicht nicht daran glaubt - zu verzweifelt, um zu sterben.
[Kapitel 13, 1. Absatz - S. 68 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
"Bis auf diesen Tag hab' ich mich um die Ethik der Angelegenheit noch nie bekümmert. Das Studium der Natur macht den Menschen schließlich so gewissenlos, wie die Natur selbst ist."
[Zitat Dr. Moreau in Kapitel 14, 28. Absatz - S. 79 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
Vorher waren sie Tiere gewesen; ihre Instinkte waren ihrer Umgebung angepaßt, und sie selbst so glücklich, wie lebendige Wesen nur sein können. Jetzt stolperten sie in den Fesseln der Menschlichkeit dahin, lebten in einer Angst, die niemals starb, von einem Gesetz gequält, das sie nicht verstanden; ihre halbmenschliche Existenz begann in Qualen, war ein einziger langer, innerer Kampf, eine einzige lange Furcht vor Moreau - und wozu? Die Nutzlosigkeit regte mich auf.
[Kapitel 17, drittletzter Absatz - S. 102 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
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Doctor Moreau
made animals human
but this goes wrong

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