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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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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. ( )
  buffalogr | Dec 5, 2014 |
Edward Pendrick is a grateful man. Having survived a sinking ship, he is found sick and near-death by a passing boat, which rescues and resuscitates him. However, upon waking, he finds that some of the people on the boat are rather...odd, and things only get stranger when he comes to stay at a mysterious research facility on an uncharted island. Something is clearly not right with the right with the people that have rescued him, but he hasn't a clue what a gruesome discovery he is about to stumble upon.

While many of H.G. Wells' books have a timeless quality about them, so much so that they continue to be replicated today as is the case with The Time Machine and War of the Worlds, this definitely feels very much from the 1800's. It's quite fantastical, really, and though the content of the book are actually being perpetrated to a MUCH less degree in science today, the method as written is a bit silly, and you have to work at suspending your own disbelief if you want to get the most out of this one.

Despite the dated science, the philosophy is still sound, and I particularly liked what he had to say during the final chapter in the book. Whereas similar books such as Frankestein by Mary Shelley go into more detail, I found Wells' suggestions about religion and humanization through suffering to be curious, to say the least. ( )
  Ape | Sep 21, 2014 |
I could rate this anywhere between 2 and 5 stars. Certainly daring for its day, but was it more daring than Stevenson's Hyde decades earlier or Frankenstein a century before? The idea of a mad scientist doing experiments on an island is now a standard trope but was this idea new in 1896? -- if so, that idea alone would make it a classic. The notion of merging biological creatures is still cutting edge when glowing rabbits are created from jelly fish cells. The plot does have problems, if the brutes are not made from humans why do they appear human-like? One suspects Wells might have written a different book and changed it later to suit censors who found it too creep.. or done on purpose to play with the reader's fears. ( )
  Stbalbach | Sep 7, 2014 |
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Aldiss, Brian WilsonAfterwordsecondary 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."
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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