A young naturalist, Edward Prendick, is shipwrecked and finds himself stranded on a lonely island deep in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The island is dominated by the sinister Dr. Moreau, once a famous London scientist, and now deeply engaged in the creation of what he calls Beast Men. The entire island is populated by monstrous creatures of his making, half animal and half human, over which Dr. Moreau wields his frightening power. But Dr. Moreau's greatest fear is that one day the Beast Men will taste blood!
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU was written in the same period when H.G. Wells produced THE WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE TIME MACHINE, stories that have become classics. The text for this book is a facsimile reprint of the 1896 U.S. edition.
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." This colorful tale by the author of The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds lit a firestorm of controversy at the time of its publication in 1896.