Book Review: The Island of Dr. Moreau


The Island of Dr Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells ★★★☆☆

Published: 1896

Format: eBook

Pages: 139

Genre: Classic, Science Fiction

A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palmy paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human & 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’s Gulliver’s Travels & a bloody tale of horror.

I find it really interesting to read science fiction written in the distant past. I love to see what the genre looked like in a time before even today’s technology. While it wasn’t the best story, I enjoyed it as an interest piece from the history of a genre I love today.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that with reading a novel written over 100 years ago does follow some of the social conventions of the time. There were some potentially offensive comments on both race and disfigurement in this.

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