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  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by Wells When Men Bring Out The Beast In The Animal 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--its the stuff of high adventure. Its also a parable about Darwinian theory, a social satire in the vein of Jonathan Swift (Gullivers 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. I knew the high level concept of this book from allusions in other stories and movies, but Id never read the original novel. It was a bit different from what I expected.
  • The writing style is very accessible and fluid while also being jam-packed with very vivid and detailed descriptions as well as some in-depth scientific and moralistic discussions. The first few pages were a little slow, but the rest of the book, except for a paragraph here and there, flew by and kept me very hooked. The story is presented as a written report from the point of view of a narrator who finds himself stranded on the island for a time after some disasters at sea. The narrator has some scientific background which lends to very analytical and in-depth commentary. Without adding any real spoilers, the summary is this: Doctor Moreau, after being chased out of London for his practices, is living on an island in the pacific conducting outrageous experiments. Our narrator, Pendrick, finds the island populated with creatures that are neither completely human nor completely bestial...they are aberrations....creatures partially human and partially beasts....the face of a man with almost snout-like nose and lips, pointed hairy ears, elongated torso and shorter than normal legs, etc., etc., etc. The horrors and grotesque nature of the experiments are explored in depth and naturally progress to some rather disturbing conclusions. I rather enjoyed the story and found myself immersed in the plot and the concepts. My only real complaint by the end of the book was that it all ended too quickly. I would have loved another 50 or 100 pages. Still, it is a tightly woven tale with a lot of meet in it to leave you thinking. Wells presents a thoughtful narrative addressing some of the social concerns of his day through this science-fiction story. At that point in history (late 1800s), this was all seen as fiction but based on the fears people had of experiments in the medical community. Its even more potent now, since some 30-50 years after the book, the Nazis engaged in similar scientific experimentation during the Holocaust (not with the same results, but with a similar type of horror upon society). I really liked the way the book finished up. In the last few pages, we find our narrator trying to sort through everything hes witnessed and come to terms with it. I really enjoyed the way Wells shows him trying to recognize humanity in people and distinguish between the human and the animal. A great read. ***** 4.5 stars (out of 5) For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Island of Doctor Moreau by Wells - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!