The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau

by H. G. Wells

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H. G. Wells’s science fiction classic: the dark and captivating story of one man’s fight for survival against the lab-made nightmares of a mad scientist

Shipwrecked and abandoned, Edward Prendick cautiously steps ashore a remote island in the Pacific. Though wary, Prendick is unaware of the horrors that await him here. But what appears at first to be a typical volcanic island slowly reveals itself to be the macabre workshop of maligned London physiologist Dr. Moreau. Moreau’s genius had been celebrated far and wide until the true nature of his work was exposed. Now secluded on his island, Moreau engages unimpeded in gruesome experiments of vivisection, splicing animal and man together in a terrifying display of his dominion over nature. When Prendick realizes he’s slated to be the next subject on Moreau’s grisly surgical table, he flees to the jungle—where all manner of unnatural creatures abound . . . 
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ISBN-13: 9788834142424
Publisher: Rugged Beard Media
Publication date: 06/18/2019
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About the Author

The son of a professional cricketer and a lady’s maid, H. G. Wells (1866–1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist’s assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best remembered for his groundbreaking science fiction novels, including The Time MachineThe War of the WorldsThe Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells also wrote extensively on politics and social matters and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of his day. 
The son of a professional cricketer and a lady’s maid, H. G. Wells (1866–1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist’s assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best remembered for his groundbreaking science fiction novels, including The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells also wrote extensively on politics and social matters and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of his day. 

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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I DO not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the "Lady Vain." As everyone knows, she collided with a derelict when ten days out from Callao. The longboat, with seven of the crew, was picked up eighteen days after by H. M. gunboat "Myrtle," and the story of their terrible privations has become quite as well known as the far more horrible "Medusa" case. But I have to add to the published story of the "Lady Vain" another, possibly as horrible and far stranger. It has hitherto been supposed that the four men who were in the dingey perished, but this is incorrect. I have the best of evidence for this assertion: I was one of the four men.

But in the first place I must state that there never were four men in the dingey, - the number was three. Constans, who was "seen by the captain to jump into the gig," luckily for us and unluckily for himself did not reach us. He came down out of the tangle of ropes under the stays of the smashed bowsprit, some small rope caught his heel as he let go, and he hung for a moment head downward, and then fell and struck a block or spar floating in the water. We pulled towards him, but he never came up.

I say lucky for us he did not reach us, and I might almost say luckily for himself; for we had only a small breaker of water and some soddened ship's biscuits with us, so sudden had been the alarm, so unprepared the ship for any disaster. We thought the people on the launch would be better provisioned (though it seems they were not), and we tried to hail them. They could not have heard us, and the next morning when the drizzle cleared, - which was not until past midday, - we could see nothing of them. We could not stand up to look about us, because of the pitching of the boat. The two other men who had escaped so far with me were a man named Helmar, a passenger like myself, and a seaman whose name I don't know, - a short sturdy man, with a stammer.

We drifted famishing, and, after our water had come to an end, tormented by an intolerable thirst, for eight days altogether. After the second day the sea subsided slowly to a glassy calm. It is quite impossible for the ordinary reader to imagine those eight days. He has not, luckily for himself, anything in his memory to imagine with. After the first day we said little to one another, and lay in our places in the boat and stared at the horizon, or watched, with eyes that grew larger and more haggard every day, the misery and weakness gaining upon our companions. The sun became pitiless. The water ended on the fourth day, and we were already thinking strange things and saying them with our eyes; but it was, I think, the sixth before Helmar gave voice to the thing we had all been thinking. I remember our voices were dry and thin, so that we bent towards one another and spared our words. I stood out against it with all my might, was rather for scuttling the boat and perishing together among the sharks that followed us; but when Helmar said that if his proposal was accepted we should have drink, the sailor came round to him.

I would not draw lots however, and in the night the sailor whispered to Helmar again and again, and I sat in the bows with my clasp-knife in my hand, though I doubt if I had the stuff in me to fight; and in the morning I agreed to Helmar's proposal, and we handed halfpence to find the odd man. The lot fell upon the sailor; but he was the strongest of us and would not abide by it, and attacked Helmar with his hands. They grappled together and almost stood up. I crawled along the boat to them, intending to help Helmar by grasping the sailor's leg; but the sailor stumbled with the swaying of the boat, and the two fell upon the gunwale and rolled overboard together. They sank like stones. I remember laughing at that, and wondering why I laughed. The laugh caught me suddenly like a thing from without.

I lay across one of the thwarts for I know not how long, thinking that if I had the strength I would drink sea-water and madden myself to die quickly. And even as I lay there I saw, with no more interest than if it had been a picture, a sail come up towards me over the sky-line. My mind must have been wandering, and yet I remember all that happened, quite distinctly. I remember how my head swayed with the seas, and the horizon with the sail above it danced up and down; but I also remember as distinctly that I had a persuasion that I was dead, and that I thought what a jest it was that they should come too late by such a little to catch me in my body.

For an endless period, as it seemed to me, I lay with my head on the thwart watching the schooner (she was a little ship, schooner-rigged fore and aft) come up out of the sea. She kept tacking to and fro in a widening compass, for she was sailing dead into the wind. It never entered my head to attempt to attract attention, and I do not remember anything distinctly after the sight of her side until I found myself in a little cabin aft. There's a dim half-memory of being lifted up to the gangway, and of a big red countenance covered with freckles and surrounded with red hair staring at me over the bulwarks. I also had a disconnected impression of a dark face, with extraordinary eyes, close to mine; but that I thought was a nightmare, until I met it again. I fancy I recollect some stuff being poured in between my teeth; and that is all.

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Reading Group Guide

1. At the time The Island of Dr. Moreau was published, Wells had gained success with The Time Machine. However, critics felt the plot of Dr. Moreau was just as unbelievable as that of The Time Machine. While time travel is, and always was, pure science fiction, the late 1800s did see many medical breakthroughs. Why would it be so hard for Wells’s audience to believe in biological engineering?

2. In the Foreword, Peter Straub speaks of the text being “at war with itself,” with the result that the narrative is tense and multi-layered. Do you agree with this assessment?

3. Notice the many stylesof language throughout the novel: Prendick’s continual misreading of sounds and explanations, the Beast Folk’s slurring speech, Moreau’s bumbling excuse for his experiments, and so on. How does Wells use these variations in language? Is his use of variations a comment on society or merely a literary device to further the plot?

4. Consider the strange litany the Beast Folk recite in chapter 12. What is Wells saying about religion? Is this strange religion positive or negative, and if positive, whom does it benefit — the creatures or their master?

5. Look at the three men in the novel. Compare Prendick’s mannerisms with those of Montgomery and Moreau throughout the book. What do each man's mannerisms say about him? Do the mannerisms help or hinder each man throughout the action?

6. Wells was an educated man and studied under the famous scientist T. H. Huxley. Both men fully supported Darwin’s theory of evolution. Why, then, did Wells write a novel that seems to view science, and scientific experimentation, as a threat to society?

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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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