The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G Wells
Posted by Caitie F on December 10, 2012
Title: The Island of Dr. Moreau
Author: H. G. Wells
Softcover: 131 pages
Pub Year: 1896
Summary from goodreads:
A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palmy paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human & 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’s Gulliver’s Travels & a bloody tale of horror
I was really excited to read this book after reading The Time Machine. Wells was one of the original science fiction writers, so as I have started reading more and more science fiction, I have wanted to read where it all started.
This isn’t just a science fiction story though, it is also a horror novel. The creatures were scary, different and there was a little to leave to your own imagination. There was action and danger, looks into morality and judgements. There are times the main character is very sympathetic, but looking at it from today’s perspectives and views, there are some views that are very different now, so it was hard to really like him much. Yet I had to remember that it was wirtten over 100 years ago and to judge people for feeling how most felt then isn’t so easy.
If you are looking for a fast classic to read that is exciting and a little scary this is a great one! I look forward to reading more by H.G Wells