A Science Fiction Classic! Wells gives us a scientist who makes Dr. Frankenstein look tame. This masterpiece reveals the effects of the hubris of a brilliant but twisted biologist who goes to extremes in his quest to become a god creating his own life forms. It provides plenty of suspense and horror in addition to some questions of ethics to consider. The Island of Doctor Moreau tackles thorny issues and explores notions of society and identity, bringing the mythical chimera - part human, part animal - into the age of science. Wells brilliantly weaves a thought-provoking story of scientific excess and an exciting, high-speed thriller into one compelling tale. Loved by millions! Select this masterpiece for your library today!
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.