The Island of Doctor Moreau: (Large Print)

The Island of Doctor Moreau: (Large Print)

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The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, who called it "an exercise in youthful blasphemy". The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates human-like beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature.

At the time of the novel's publication in 1896, there was growing discussion in Europe regarding degeneration and animal vivisection. Two years later, several interest groups were formed to address the issue, such as the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511556491
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2015
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 - 13 August 1946) - known as H. G. Wells - was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and Wells is called a father of science fiction. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Wells's earliest specialized training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he wrote little science fiction, while he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist. Novels like Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, which describe lower-middle class life, led to the suggestion, when they were published, that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens, but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole.

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1866

Date of Death:

August 13, 1946

Place of Birth:

Bromley, Kent, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Normal School of Science, London, England

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The Island of Doctor Moreau 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A horrific tale of scientific genius and madness. Dr. Moreau, while a brilliant mind, has no regard for other creatures and their sufferings. A man with a "god complex" who finally gets what he deserves. H.G. Wells was truly a man ahead of his time. Written in 1896, I can only imagine how the readers of that era responded to this grizzly tale. Contains a lot of animal and human abuse. It was difficult to read at truly gave me nightmares. Although a brilliant literary work, it is not one I will ever reread.
tony_landis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
HG Wells delivers again, I love his ability to write a short novel that grips the attention.
Katie_H on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first exposure to Wells's writing, and it was deliciously creepy! Following a shipwreck, Predrick finds himself on a remote island where renowned scientist Dr. Moreau has established his experimental labs. Dr. Moreau's life's work is based on vivisection; he is essentially a true "mad scientist" who through surgery and training attempts to make a variety of animals like humans. Is it possible for him to surgically remove the true essence of these creatures? Prendrick is not so sure... Considering the fact that the horror contained this novel was written over 100 years ago, and continues to be relevant today, if not more so, is a testament to the foresight and talent of the author. Thematic metaphors are present throughout the novel, providing commentary on everything from natural evolution, to playing God, to good vs. evil.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the best of Wells's work, this is a morality piece, an adventure into the heart of what is humanity. However, it isn't always terribly interesting, and a lot of the action hasn't translated well into the present. Still, the conclusion, and the animals' eventual retrogression, makes the story relevant in its own way.
Nodosaurus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book develops well, the main character uncovers clues as to whats going on, jumps to reasonable, but invalid, conclusions, and the reader is drawn in. Everything seems reasonable and develops properly. As events unfold, the tone becomes suspenseful and perhaps a bit of horror. The book plays with mans dominance over nature and some of the morals, Dr. Moreau was outcast for his work, and finds his own way to continue, with consequences.
qarae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very quick read, but highly recommended. Considering this novel was originally published in 1896, the forsight of H.G. Wells is absolutely amazing. The fear that Edward feels when he hears the animal screams coming from behind the locked door, the panick of being lost in the woods, all of it is felt first hand thanks to Wells' magnificent writing.
RBeffa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was a lad I found many scientific romances such as "The Island of Dr. Moreau" rather interesting and enchanting. All these years later, reading Moreau, now I find the storytelling manner rather naive even if it still entertains quite a bit. The story didn't really begin to engage me until perhaps a quarter of the way through, or more, and then I became much more caught up in the story. This isn't a bad book by any means, it just isn't the sort of thing that entertains a middle-aged me like it would have a 12 year old me. There are, however, some interesting adult issues to consider when reading this book, regarding the morality of man and scientific research. This is a cautionary tale with rather timeless issues.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edward Prendick¿s ship sinks and he is picked up by Montgomery, a passenger on another ship. When they reach Montgomery¿s destination ¿ an island in the middle of the Pacific ¿ the ship¿s captain refuses to take Prendick any further. Luckily, Montgomery eventually relents and brings Prendick onto the island as his guest. There he meets Dr. Moreau and a slew of unusual creatures. Unlike most 19th century literature, I find Wells exceedingly readable and fun. His characters are realistic and memorable, as are his scientific ideas. Perhaps still not my favorite of Wells¿s (I¿m not sure you can beat The Time Machine) but an excellent story nonetheless. Highly recommended.
Magadri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. It was pretty interesting, but there were a few parts where the story lagged and I found my mind wandering. This is my third Wells book, and I honestly found it not to be as good as the other two I've read so far (The Time Machine and The First Men in the Moon).
ken1952 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can be rest assured that there are no inclusive resorts on the island of Dr. Moreau. And the residents can be rather ornery and out of sorts no matter how much you might tip them. Surprisingly, this is the first Wells novel I've read. It kept me turning pages even though it wasn't as compelling as I wished it to be. Interesting social commentary.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this a rather compelling novella-length story. If you suspend judgments about 19th century biological theories, it's an exciting adventure story with a lot more atmosphere than I expected. There is also a great deal of social commentary. I can't help but wonder how the Victorian readers reacted to the body shots on the effects of a class system, the unflattering parodies of religion, and the warnings about equating pure scientific advances with true progress. The issues he touched upon are, perhaps, even more pertinent today than they were then.I think this would make a fascinating Book Club read¿quick, yet raising questions ranging from colonialism to cloning.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A horrific story that must have terrified many readers in 1896; even now it is unsettling in parts. It shows how the author was ahead of his time in his presentation of scientific and moral issues. A good read.
Ambrosia4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little too grizzly for my tastes...the narrator of the story does nothing to garner my sympathies and all in all it was not a book that made me want to keep turning the pages...
othersam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
That Wells was a visionary, and one of the most far-sighted and innovative writers of imaginative literature the human race has ever produced¿ well, everyone says that, and it¿s a bit of a cliche. What¿s worth knowing about his stuff (and a lot of critics seem to underplay this) is that lots of his books are just REALLY GOOD FUN - and folks, this is a fine example. For a novel written more than a hundred and ten years ago it goes at a cracking pace: by just five pages in, the characters are stranded at sea, starving and drawing lots over who¿s going to be cannibalized -- and, amazingly, the book never really lets up from there. It¿s like a fever hallucination full of vivisection and mutants and horror, filtered through a contagious atmosphere of shimmering jungle heat. The ideas are great, sure, but the real triumph, it seems to me, is in how sure-footedly punchy and unpretentious the writing is: it¿s wild and mad and deliriously evocative, but in its understated way it¿s also real, it¿s fierce, and it¿s all over-and-out in just a hair under two hundred pages, without ever having lost its initial intensity. This was the second time I¿ve read the book now and - like malaria - I fully expect to face bouts of reading it again and again every so often for the rest of my life. All I can say is, lucky me. And if you haven¿t read The Island of Doctor Moreau yet, lucky /you/.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last paragraph is my life
catburglar More than 1 year ago
An entertaining novel; a classic; difficult to rate, as it was written in a very different age from today, yet written by one of the earliest writers of science fiction.
liquidgee More than 1 year ago
A bit disappointed with this particular publication of the book only because the description is very deceiving in that it mentions appended footnotes, annotations, and seven appendecies none of which appear in this volume.  I'm a collector of books who enjoys when a publisher makes an effort of providing a volume with footnotes, annotations and an appendix or two explaining the text and background of the writing providing insights that might otherwise be missed.  Having purchased this particular edition for this, based on the description, it was, to say the least, a bit of a let down to discover none of this was part and parcel of the work.  All this aside, the book is nicely printed, the fonts and layout are visually very pleasing to the eye making this a nicely produced piece of literature.  
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