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The Island of Doctor Moreau

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Very enjoyable

A very nice effort by H.G. Wells. This is a quick read that would be ideal for boys ages 13 and up. The tale is about Dr. Moreau, a scientist, who has been forced out of England for his strange experiments. His experiments consist of taking animals and through surgical ...
A very nice effort by H.G. Wells. This is a quick read that would be ideal for boys ages 13 and up. The tale is about Dr. Moreau, a scientist, who has been forced out of England for his strange experiments. His experiments consist of taking animals and through surgical processes giving them human like intelligence and form. However, his creations are imperfect and it is these imperfections that help cause his downfall. Fast paced and full of action. Also, on a deeper level it makes you think if there are places science should not travel. Moreau played God. Are we doing the same today with cloning, for example? These connections make the book very current.

posted by Anonymous on February 2, 2000

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Big words and boring

Originally, I was going to read "The War of the Worlds" by the same author, but my school library was all out of copies. So I went to the WEL shelves and chose the first H.G. Wells book I laid my eyes on. When my mom first saw that I was reading this book she laughed ou...
Originally, I was going to read "The War of the Worlds" by the same author, but my school library was all out of copies. So I went to the WEL shelves and chose the first H.G. Wells book I laid my eyes on. When my mom first saw that I was reading this book she laughed out loud and told me that the movie wasn't any good. So I started this book expecting to find some poorly written story that H.G. Wells wrote before he perfected his writing skill and wrote "The War of the Worlds." That is still pretty much how I feel. It wasn't poorly written in the sense that it described what was happening very thoroughly,I just couldn't understand all of it. It used words like "vivisection" and "propitiatory" that I could only guess the meanings of and sometimes I had to look up in the dictionary. However, to a more intelligent person with a larger vocabulary this would be a fun, little read. That is if that intelligent person doesn't mind a poorly written plot. Because for me, the plot was very predictable, un-original and a little boring. Predictable in the sense that it followed the "get stranded, find a problem, solve the problem, get rescued" type of outline really closely. Un-original in that I have heard of many stories that start with a shipwreck, take place on a mysterious island, and then the characters are eventually saved. Boring in that there were long stretches of reading to do between major scenes, mostly of Prendick (the main character) thinking about the island. For example, the book could have actually ended about 30 pages before it did, and in those 30 pages it just dragged on until something finally happened. This made for a very slow read, which I did not like. Several times I caught myself falling asleep becasue I was so bored. The characters, however, were a little interesting, and very different. Montgomery is a drunken assistant who is all brawn and almost no brains. Edward Prendick is all brains and no brawn and makes every situation seem worse than it really is. Dr. Moreau is a crazy mad scientist who (I think) desperately needs to drop his obsession for torturing animals, which, by the way, is really shocking. I felt pretty disturbed when Dr. Moreau explained his scientific studies, when animal screames were heard from within the labratory, or when gruesome details of hideous animals were described. When I finally finished the book, I felt really nervous and insecure. The bottom line is that if you have a big vocabulary, like island mysteries and think you can handle a little more horror than usual, try this book out. It will definately make you wonder if the scientific experiments in the book are actually possible. But if you are the type of person that loves animals, has a smaller vocabulary, or just plain does not like horror, you don't need to waste your time with this book. All it will do is make you cry, confuse you, or make you way too scared to go anywhere without someone else with you.

posted by 5052796 on January 13, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2004

    This book is awful.

    It consists of lots of naturalist and religionist hodge-podge and relates the fear of such terrible things as vivisection and grafting which at the turn of the century (when Wells was writing) were viewed as unacceptable, but are now better tolerated and uncommon, respectively. (A healthy nodding session for technophobians everywhere.)

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