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Almost a classic
on 10 September 2015
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.