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Book Information: Island of Dr. Moreau, the

Island of Dr. Moreau, the (1896) [Novel]
by H. G. Wells Rating: Weighted - 7.0 / Average - 6.8 of 10 (25 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

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."

Summary (From the publisher):

Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying a profoundly unusual cargo - a menagerie of savage animals. Tended to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. Here, he meets Montgomery's master, the sinister Dr. Moreau - a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon becomes clear he has been developing these experiments - with truly horrific results.

A parable on Darwinian theory, and a biting social satire, The Island of Doctor Moreau is a fascinating exploration of what it is to be human.

Original title: The Island of Dr. Moreau
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHorrorMonsters
FictionHorrorMedical Horror & Evil Science
FictionScience FictionSpecies EvolutionBioengineering

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Seven Famous Novels (1934) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: H. G. Wells
     Three More Novels of the Future (1981) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: H. G. Wells

Notes:

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau was never serialized, as Wells had difficulty finding a publisher.

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Language: English

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (May 2008)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher: Phoenix
ISBN: 9781604502459
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 x 0.5 in
Pages: 150

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (June 2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780141441023
Pages: 139
Notes: Introduction by Margaret Atwood (2005)
Biography, bibliography by Patrick Parrinder (2005)
Notes by Steven McLean (2005)

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 9780451529893
Pages: 224
Notes: Afterword by Dr. John L. Flynn

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1968)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Magnum Books
Pages: 189
Notes: Catalog #13-435

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1963)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 126
Notes: Ballantine Book #F761

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (0)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Ace Books
Pages: 192
Notes: Ace Books #D-537

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