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The Island Of Doctor Moreau Hardcover – Jul 21 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Reprint edition (July 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575095164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575095168
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #565,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Like the Hugo and the James above, this is being published to tie in with a recent film adaptation. It nonetheless offers a high-quality hardcover at a reasonable price.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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H.G Wells really knew how to write a sci-fi book with insight and style; The Island of Dr. Moreau has tons of both. Truly, Wells was far ahead of his time.

The story starts off with Robert Prendick sailing across the Atlantic, possibly in the Caribbean, heading back to England. The captain of the ship, drunk and out of his mind, has Prendick thrown overboard. Alone, in the ocean, with no chance of survival, Prendick gives up hope and waits to die. Remarkably, a small ship arrives just in time, and they bring Prendick aboard. Among the crew of his rescuers is a small man, covered in fur, with sharp teeth and off-colored eyes. Strange as this man might be, Prendick is to weak to press the crew for an explanation on where this man has come from.

The rescue party takes Prendick to a small island known to most as The Island of Dr. Moreau - the famous chemist/biologist/geneticist (as far as such men existed back in those days). Arriving on the island, Prendick finds this to be a small and not overly amazing place to inhabit while he waits for another ship from England to arrive and take him the rest of the way home. In the meantime, he is to be the good doctors guest, and is attended to by the doctor's odd, grunting, meowling servants.

Prendick eventually discovers that the people inhabiting and working on the island, are in fact animal human hybrids. They were designed to be the best of both worlds: combining human intelligence with the abilities and skills of the animal kingdom. After his frightening discovery, Prendick stumbles into a commune of deformed and mildly crazy half human, half animal men living in the caves and cliffs of the island.
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Although it is less often read than such Wells novels as THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, the basic story of THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU is very well known through several extremely loose film adaptations. Pendrick, a British scientist, is shipwrecked--and by chance finds himself on an isolated island where Dr. Moreau and his assistant Montgomery are engaged in a series of experiments. They are attempting to transform animals into manlike beings.
Wells, a social reformer, was a very didactic writer, and his novels reflect his thoughts and theories about humanity. Much of Wells writing concerns (either directly or covertly) social class, but while this exists in MOREAU it is less the basic theme than an undercurrent. At core, the novel concerns the then-newly advanced theory of natural selection--and then works to relate how that theory impacts man's concept of God. Wells often touched upon this, and in several novels he broaches the thought that if mankind evolved "up" it might just as easily evolve "down," but nowhere in his work is this line of thought more clearly and specifically seen than here.
At times Wells' determination to teach his reader can overwhelm; at times it can become so subtle that it is nothing short of absolutely obscure. But in THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, Wells achieves a perfect balance of the two extremes, even going so far as to balance the characters in such a way that not even the narrator emerges as entirely sympathetic. It is a remarkable achievement, and in this sense I consider MOREAU possibly the best of Wells work: the novel is as interesting for the story it tells as it is for still very relevant themes it considers.
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I love Anne but I've always felt that L M Montgomery's depiction of her degenerated in the later books. Anne was happy having children but I don't believe that meant Anne had to sacrifice all her dreams and talent to the altar of Gil and children (not to mention Susan). I hated how Anne would constantly put herself down. It is almost as though L.M. Montgomery was saying that girls could not have it all. It's awful how Anne would say things like "I had wonderful dreams when I was younger, but I'll never make Who's Who", or how she never even made an attempt at writing Captain Jim's life-story, saying something like "I know what I can do, I can only write fairy stories.....", which implies that it was beyond her. Anne topped the batch in English at Redmond and her talents in her youth were prodigious. It is cop-out for Montgomery to have condemned Anne to life as a doctor's wife in a provincial town. Her creative potential was never fulfilled.
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I found the whole new landscape very refreshing and it was a wonderful perspective that I never thought I'd get to enjoy, because before embarking on Anne series my only exposure was to the films. Anyone who has seen all the films starring Megan Follows will sympathize with me about the "Continuing Story" version. I believe Anne's House of Dreams should have been the content of that last motion picture instalment.

Anyway, here it is in its original form. Lucy Maud Montgomery has provided the reader a wonderful insight into Anne and Gilbert's new home and new life. The new friends accompanying them are endearing and delightful. The events in this novel are uplifting but also very uncompromisingly tragic. There has been tragedy in the previous novels as well, but the particular events that transpire in this one have a particular sting to them. It was refreshing yet also grounding to see Anne develop a friendship with someone who has lost a good measure of their innocence. I feel like it teaches a new lesson to Anne in regards with relating to people.
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