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The Island Of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

The Island Of Doctor Moreau (original 1896; edition 2010)

by H.G. Wells

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Title:The Island Of Doctor Moreau
Authors:H.G. Wells
Info:Gollancz (2010), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:genre: science fiction, acquired in 2011, @amazon.co.uk, S.F. Masterworks, read in 2012

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The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells (1896)

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I don't think this is Wells' best book, although perhaps if the plot had been a surprise to me instead of already familiar, I might have rated it higher. Still, Wells is a compelling writer always, and I admire his straightforward style from a time when many writers seemed to tie themselves in knots just to get out a sentence. Wells feels more "modern" because of that.

This one is a bit more grotesque than the others of Wells' novels I have read, although still not as scary as War of the Worlds. Once again, Wells proves himself an originator of tropes that now seem like cliches: mad scientist on an isolated island, conducting extreme experiments just because he can. The story does have its weaknesses. For being in the title, Moreau could have been a more well-rounded character, and it might have been more exciting if he had not died off-screen. This might be dismissed as mere pulp fiction, but Wells' writing is smarter than that. Here are two examples where it rises above: the genuinely creepy scene with Pendrick sitting in the dark among the manimals, all chanting, "Are we not men?" And the end, where Pendrick, returned to civilization, looks at the people all around him and can't help but seeing the beasts hidden within.

"Read" as an audiobook (2015). ( )
1 vote sturlington | Mar 23, 2015 |
I had an idea of what the book was about, I had either seen a movie or heard about a movie. Like is always the case when I write about a book considered a classic, I have a hard time writing a review. The story starts with the nephew of Edward Prendick telling about his Uncle being lost at sea and found and then later when he died, his nephew found among his papers this account of what happened. This is was a common literary ploy in this time period.

The ship Mr. Prendick was sailing on sank, he escaped on a life raft with two other, who died or killed each other, and he almost died of exposure but was saved, then set adrift again, then saved again. His savior is a man named Montgomery and he has the most unusual attendant, and he is Dr. Moreau’s assistant. Once on the island Prendick is kept in the dark, is stalked by then meets some of the ‘inhabitants’, jumps to the wrong conclusion (which I thought was rather stupid considering what he heard and saw), then is straightened out, then tragedy strikes and he has to survive until he has to escape.

This is a science fiction horror story, the thought crosses my mind that this book exemplifies the saying: Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. The terror that Prendick experiences is conveyed very well by the sparse words and matter of fact of way it’s told. The ethical questions posed by this novel do not detract from a very fine read. ( )
1 vote BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
weird but well-written ( )
1 vote anitatally | Feb 3, 2015 |
The first H.G. Wells book to explore the work of a scientist more concerned with if he can do something than if he should. What most intrigued me about this book was that at one point it gets downright nightmarish. Warped creatures with warped minds chant the mantra "are we not men?" in a grotesque parody of human civilization. This was by far the most affecting passage of the book, the rest of it was rather standard early science fiction. There isn't any real climax, as the key event happens out of the narrator's view, and the story just ends after an escape that seems as though it could have happened far earlier. H.G. Wells here presents an interesting idea most notable because of its bizarre nature, but his pacing leaves something to be desired. ( )
  BayardUS | Dec 10, 2014 |
A powerful novel in it's day (1896) and still great fantasy/sci-fi...even if the science is a bit dated, it's still fun. On an island in the Pacific Ocean, the evil Moreau conducts grizzly experiments while the able assistant drinks himself into oblivion and the newcomer watches this queer drama. This would make a great movie---wait, there have been five made of this plot/theme. I'll go find one and watch it. ( )
1 vote buffalogr | Dec 5, 2014 |
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"I do not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the Lady Vain."
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

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553214322, Mass Market Paperback)

A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palm-tree paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human and then "beastly" in ways they never were before--it's the stuff of high adventure. It's also a parable about Darwinian theory, a social satire in the vein of Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), and a bloody tale of horror. Or, as H. G. Wells himself wrote about this story, "The Island of Dr. Moreau is an exercise in youthful blasphemy. Now and then, though I rarely admit it, the universe projects itself towards me in a hideous grimace. It grimaced that time, and I did my best to express my vision of the aimless torture in creation." This colorful tale by the author of The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds lit a firestorm of controversy at the time of its publication in 1896.

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Following a shipwreck, a young naturalist finds himself on an island run by a mad scientist intent on creating a strain of beast men

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