The Island of Dr. Moreau

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Bantam Books, 1994 - Fiction - 157 pages
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Ranked among the classic novels of the English language and the inspiration for several unforgettable movies, this early work of H. G. Wells was greeted in 1896 by howls of protest from reviewers, who found it horrifying and blasphemous. They wanted to know more about the wondrous possibilities of science shown in his first book, The Time Machine, not its potential for misuse and terror. In The Island of Dr. Moreau a shipwrecked gentleman named Edward Prendick, stranded on a Pacific island lorded over by the notorious Dr. Moreau, confronts dark secrets, strange creatures, and a reason to run for his life.

While this riveting tale was intended to be a commentary on evolution, divine creation, and the tension between human nature and culture, modern readers familiar with genetic engineering will marvel at Wells’s prediction of the ethical issues raised by producing “smarter” human beings or bringing back extinct species. These levels of interpretation add a richness to Prendick’s adventures on Dr. Moreau’s island of lost souls without distracting from what is still a rip-roaring good read.

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User Review  - getreadingSMC - LibraryThing

I have just finished reading this book and I found it great and quite interesting to read. I recommend it if you are bored and feel alone.It is about a man who was alone on an island and what happens ... Read full review

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User Review  - Seki - Borders

Personally, decided to read this as a turn to my original type of books. Overall, I have to say, though short, this is a classic and a must read. If you don't know what it's about, it's about human ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Peter Straub is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including Black House (with Stephen King), Ghost Story, Koko, and Mr. X. He has won three Bram Stoker Awards, two World Fantasy Awards, and the British Fantasy Award. He lives in New York City.


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