Helen reviews Free Books

The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells

Posted on: March 12, 2011

The Island of Dr Moreau may be one of the lesser known books of HG Wells, but it is one of my favourite ones so far.

Like The Time Machine it is a story about a man who is transported to a foreign place being confronted with issues that did not exist in his late 19th Century life.

Edward Prendick, a man of science, is lost at sea and is picked up by Montgomery, a doctor who is returning to Dr Moreau’s island with their annual supplies.

After a series of events, Prendick, is forced to join Montgomery on the island.

Disturbed by the anguished cries of the puma in the next room, he decides takes a late afternoon stroll which turns into a terrifying night.

After recovering from the previous evening’s events, Prendick walks into the Moreau laboratory to find a ‘human like’ being strapped to a table. Believing that he may be part of the new experiment Prendick escapes from the compound and starts to discover the island and the Beast therein.

While you may delve into the variety of themes proposed in the novel such as men playing God and the dangers of scientific progress, it is also a pleasant enough read as pure science fiction and that’s how I read and enjoyed it.

This free book can be found in a variety of electronic and audible forms at Project Gutenburg.

The print version is about 82 pages and can be found at Amazon.com and other booksellers.

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1 Response to "The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells"

Luvski

You have been reading so many interesting books. I quite missed this one. Wasn’t this made into a movie with that dreadful man – here in Queensland…what’s his name? Marlon Brando – that’s it – thank god for IMDB.

By the way I have ordered every book on Mary Shelley from the library – what a life she had!! Now that would make a good movie or TV series. Well, for my money anyway.

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