The Island of Doctor Moreau

H. G. Wells
science fiction, horror
The Island of Doctor Moreau - H. G. Wells7.32

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."

Modern day practices such as gene-splicing and bioengineering are foretold in H. G. Wells' haunting visionary fable. The book created a sensation when it first appeared in 1896.

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Release date: 1896
Genres: science fiction, horror
Average rating: 7.32/10
Total ratings: 31
Updated: August 24, 2021