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The Island Of Doctor Moreau by [Wells, H. G.]
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"The Broadview Edition of The Island of Doctor Moreau restores this greatest of all post-Darwinian island fables to its original context. In his introduction, Mason Harris provides a lively account of the evolutionary debates that influenced the novel's construction and an informative overview of criticism to date. Appendices show the controversy generated by Moreau's publication, situate the final text alongside early drafts and Wells's journalism, and reprint scientific and literary sources crucial to understanding the novel. This edition will appeal to both those in the academy and the general reader, and is to be strongly recommended."--Steven McLean, H.G. Wells Society

"Mason Harris provides the reader with essential connections between The Island of Doctor Moreau and the scientific and philosophical debates that raged in the Victorian world. This edition provides vital insight that allows the reader to slice through the shadows of Moreau's House of Pain and emerge into the true turn-of-the-century horror that H.G. Wells constructed. The appendices, including samples of Wells's scientific journalism, help bring focus to the complexity of the author's vision."--Eric Cash, editor of The Undying Fire: The Journal of The H.G. Wells Society, the Americas, 2001-2005

“The Broadview Edition of The Island of Doctor Moreau restores this greatest of all post-Darwinian island fables to its original context. In his introduction, Mason Harris provides a lively account of the evolutionary debates that influenced the novel’s construction and an informative overview of criticism to date. Appendices show the controversy generated by Moreau’s publication, situate the final text alongside early drafts and Wells’s journalism, and reprint scientific and literary sources crucial to understanding the novel. This edition will appeal to both those in the academy and the general reader, and is to be strongly recommended.” — Steven McLean, H. G. Wells Society

“Mason Harris provides the reader with essential connections between The Island of Doctor Moreau and the scientific and philosophical debates that raged in the Victorian world. This edition provides vital insight that allows the reader to slice through the shadows of Moreau’s House of Pain and emerge into the true turn-of-the-century horror that H.G. Wells constructed. The appendices, including samples of Wells’s scientific journalism, help bring focus to the complexity of the author’s vision.” — Eric Cash, Abraham Baldwin College, Editor, The Undying Fire: The Journal of The H.G. Wells Society, the Americas, 2001–2005

"The Broadview Edition of The Island of Doctor Moreau restores this greatest of all post-Darwinian island fables to its original context. In his introduction, Mason Harris provides a lively account of the evolutionary debates that influenced the novel's construction and an informative overview of criticism to date. Appendices show the controversy generated by Moreau's publication, situate the final text alongside early drafts and Wells's journalism, and reprint scientific and literary sources crucial to understanding the novel. This edition will appeal to both those in the academy and the general reader, and is to be strongly recommended." -- Steven McLean, H. G. Wells Society

"Mason Harris provides the reader with essential connections between The Island of Doctor Moreau and the scientific and philosophical debates that raged in the Victorian world. This edition provides vital insight that allows the reader to slice through the shadows of Moreau's House of Pain and emerge into the true turn-of-the-century horror that H.G. Wells constructed. The appendices, including samples of Wells's scientific journalism, help bring focus to the complexity of the author's vision." -- Eric Cash, Abraham Baldwin College, Editor, The Undying Fire: The Journal of The H.G. Wells Society, the Americas, 2001-2005

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H. G. Wells' classic about the nightmarish excesses of biological experimentation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482097257
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ECB2934
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
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One of the traits that makes Wells, at times, beyond comparison to his peers (apart from his vivid imagination) is his ability to convey themes and ideas without resorting to preaching at the reader, or having his characters mouth platitudes straight from the mind of the author.

Thus, The War of the Worlds a tale of alien invasion, is utilised by Wells to convey the evils of colonialism, appropriate given Britain's global reach at the time of writing.

Wells repeats this with The Time Machine turning a voyage of discovery into a critique of capitalist exploitation and the effects it has on those at the bottom, all the more apt, given Wells' links with the early days of the Labour party and his flirtation with the Fabiens.

And thus, The Island of Dr Moreau is no different - what appears to be the tale of a shipwrecked traveller washed upon a mysterious island, is Wells' take on religion - and the absentee God, or the death of God, themes that gained great popularity at the time due to the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and his famous declaration that "God is dead."

Annoyingly, like most of Wells; works, TIODM falls on the short side, Wells a great believer in brevity) but ultimately, is still an interesting and thoughtful book despite this.
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I got this on a free kindle download and enjoyed it very much. The only slight issue I had, and have had with a few of the free e-books now, is that here and there some sentences are missing spaces between words. It's not frequent enough to cause much disruption but certainly made me have to stop and re-read certain lines here and there. Had I paid for the book it would be a problem but as a free download, and a low rate of occurrence it's not much of a bother. Otherwise, fun and short read.
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The Victorian fin de siecle wasn't exactly short of mad scientists but, even in a crowded and highly competitive field, Doctor Moreau stands out. He is, if you like, the Mad Scientist's Mad Scientist: the deranged genius lesser madmen in laboratories aspired to be. Moreau is Frankenstein, but without the self-awareness that what he is doing transgresses Nature.

Wells's tale, published in 1896, tapped into contemporary fears regarding the gloomier conclusions arising from Darwin's theories of evoultion. Doctor Moreau, a brilliant biologist who believes the pursuit of knowledge is such a worthy aim that feeble debates regarding right and wrong shouldn't be allowed to impede his research, sets up a laboratory on an idylic island and conducts experiments into accelerated evolution. Taking animals and putting them under the knife he attempts to turn them into something closer to human beings. His experiments meet with varying degrees of 'success' but, as the pain-wracked creatures escape and stuggle with their newly acquired human characteristics, the island becomes transformed into a ghastly inversion of Eden - complete, as one memorable episode relates, with its own serpent.

As ever with H G Wells the serious investigations into contemporary concerns are wrapped inside an engaging story. Edward Prendick, the somewhat self-pitying narrator of the tale, finds himself trapped on the island following a shipwreck and the gradual realisation of what Moreau's work entails, and where it is leading, is revealed through his eyes. There is a great deal of adventure and some brilliantly described action sequences, but ultimately, after reading the book, it is the horrifying nature of Moreau's ethically barren scientific research that lingers in the mind. As mad scientists go, Moreau really is up there with the true greats.
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By Neil Lennon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2014
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This is a very nice little copy of the H G Wells classic. The Island of Dr Moreau may be dated but it is still a very readable and atmospheric story. It builds up an eirie tale, which is perhaps more horrific by its implications than what is actually described. In this way it reminded me a lot of one of H P Lovecrafts stories, a writer who was probably influenced by Well's work. Highly reccomended as an example of the different genres H G Wells was capable of writing in. Science fiction and horror at its most thought provoking.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book and I haven't read a huge amount of H.G. Wells before. Saying that, I did enjoy it - an interesting read and a bit creepy at times. Basically about a shipwrecked man who comes across a mad scientist, who becomes quite drunk off of his own power over his creations and eventually comes to a sticky end. I can't really compare this to other H.G. Wells works but would recommend to sci-fi fans!
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The book has a fantastic storyline, it is hard to imagine it is over 120 years old. Despite been a short story the writing style is slow paced and tense, building up through start to finish. Really recommend, and should definitely not skip the "13 other ways of looking at the island of doctor Moreau" before the intro. Interesting stuff.
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I think this is the last book of the Ann of Green Gables series. I understand she actually wrote nine books and I would love to find the others on eBooks.
This book deals with Ann's marriage and I did not think it would be possible to maintain the excitement generated in the previous books. On the whole it bowls along at great pace, although there are times when it becomes a little repetitive, but I was very sad when it came to an end.
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