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L'Illa del Doctor Moreau (1896)

de H. G. Wells

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A young man's encounter with an eccentric scientist on a lonely island leads to terror and a fight for survival.
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    Frankenstein de Mary Shelley (artturnerjr)
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    L'Home invisible de H. G. Wells (sturlington)
    sturlington: Mad scientists.
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    Cor de gos de Mikhail Bulgakov (Michael.Rimmer)
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    Parc Juràssic de Michael Crichton (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: Mad doctor's breeding program on a remote island. What could go wrong?
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    The Invention of Morel de Adolfo Bioy Casares (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Bioy Casares uses "The Island of Doctor Moreau" as a model for his own "The Invention of Morel", also set on a island, but a much stranger one...
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Reading The Invisible Man inspired me to re-read this classic. I will be writing a review when I finish.

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It isn't a surprise that The Island of Dr. Moreau is often listed as one of top 100 novels of all time. Dripping with atmosphere and filled with a pitch dark portrayal of the suffering inflicted on the world by man's callous and wanton infliction of pain and atrocity in the name of "science," The Island of Dr. Moreau provides an anti-creation story with the amoral Dr. Moreau as God the creator. With hardly an unnecessary word, this short novel rushes relentlessly through a nightmarish landscape to a dark, inevitable conclusion, leaving deep philosophical, scientific, and theological unease in the reader.

Pendrick is ship-wrecked and rescued by Montgomery, a fellow Englishman who is in the process of transporting animals to an island in the South Pacific. Of particular note is Montgomery's assistant, whose aspect and physiology are unsettling. He seems to be animalistic in features and movement. The other sailors share Pendrick's unease and summarily throw Montgomery, his assistant, and their animals, along with Pendrick, off the ship upon reaching their destination. If the assistant was unnatural in appearance, he is nothing compared to the "men" that assist in bringing the party ashore to what Pendrick later discovers is an island under the charge of Dr. Moreau---a literary figure rivaling Ahab in obsession and malevolence.

Moreau and Mongomery make no attempt to disguise what is happening on the island as Pendrick is quickly driven outside by the screams of agony of Moreau's latest experiment. Pendrick describes the screams as "if all the suffering in the world were given one voice." Running to the beach in fear and to escape the awful suffering, Pendrick encounters the other residents of the island---the "men" and other creatures created by Moreau on this anti-Eden with Moreau as a demonic counter-part to God.

Transformed and reborn in the pain of Moreau's scalpels, the island is populated by hybrids of all types of animals. Some human in form, some animal, some the stuff of nightmares that make one think of Lovecraft's monsters. These creatures are held in place by "the Law" which governs their behavior and a twisted form of society that places Moreau at the apex as its Creator and God.

Moreau's control of his Eden is tenuous as it requires him to maintain his God-like stature in the eyes of the "men" who are reverting daily more and more to their animal instincts. Even as the nightmare moves towards its inevitable conclusion, we are left to wonder, along with Pendrick, at what truly is the difference between man and the other animals, as well as the use and value of science and religion in society.

Wells later classified this book as a "an exercise in youthful blashphemy" and one can clearly see why he might say this as Moreau creates commandments ("the Law" of the creatures), the threat of torment (in "The House of Pain") and places himself as the creator and God of creation to keep control over these creatures. This makes Moreau that much worse than even the most terrible of his creatures because, even as he describes the abominations created by Moreau, Pendrick tells us that while animals are capable of terrible violence and cruelty, "it takes a real man to lie." ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
Classic that holds up surprisingly well. One of my favorite tonal endings of all time.

Weird & Wonderful discussion notes: http://positronchicago.blogspot.com/2016/12/weird-wonderful-island-of-dr-moreau.... ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
There must be few educated people alive today who are unaware of the theory of evolution of species, even if they do not know the technical details or if they reject it out right. It is difficult in such a society to imagine the startlement, even shock, many people experienced when Darwin's ideas became widespread for the first time. This book is H.G. Wells' reaction to those ideas. Wells studied biology under Huxley, a great Darwin apologist, and makes his protagonist another such student - one who is forced by shipwreck into life on a Pacific island populated by the notorious Dr. Moreau, Dr. Moreau's drunkard of an assistant and a group of very peculiar folk indeed.
This short book is over in a flash, but bears a good deal of thought in the aftermath - not merely a fast paced adventure, it is religious allegory, social comment and scientific speculation. Indeed, Margaret Atwood, in her introduction to the Penguin Classics edition gives us 10 different ways of looking at the book. One of them is as a descendant of Robinson Crusoe and the endings of both bare a certain similarity and are very fitting.
The remarkable descriptive powers shown in the best segments of Wells' later work, The War of the Worlds, are not seen here but the tendency towards over-long sentences is also absent and this work is perhaps the more thought provoking. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
I can't believe I waited so long to finally read this book. Despite a somewhat slow start, I found this to be one of the most gripping novels I've ever read. For a book over a century old I found it to be filled with ethical issues still relevant to today. And, unlike The Time Machine, where the characters were barely important and the real focus was on the way mankind would evolve, this book has some genuine humanity to it. I really felt for the beastmen trapped halfway between man and animal, and for Prendick as he tries to survive the madness. Masterful stuff. ( )
  James_Maxey | Jun 29, 2020 |
2016 yılını bu muhteşem kitapla sonlandırıyorum. ( )
  Tobizume | Jun 9, 2020 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Wells, H. G.Autorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Aldiss, Brian WilsonEpílegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Atwood, MargaretIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
De Michele, RossanaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Harris, MasonEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kent, JonathanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kindt, AnnemarieTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
McLean, StevenNotesautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Parrinder, PatrickEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Das Schreien klang draußen noch lauter. Es war, als hätte aller Schmerz der Welt eine Stimme gefunden. Und doch - hätte ich gewußt, daß im Nebenzimmer solcher Schmerz zugefügt wurde, und wäre er stumm ertragen worden, ich glaube - so habe ich mir seither gedacht -, ich hätte es ganz gut aushalten können. Erst, wenn das Leiden Ausdruck findet und unsere Nerven erbeben macht, quält uns das Mitleid.
[Kapitel 8, letzter Absatz - S. 41 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
All diese Geschöpfe trugen trotz ihrer menschlichen Form und trotz der Andeutung von Kleidung in sich, in ihre Bewegungen, in den Ausdruck ihrer Gesichter, in ihr ganzes Wesen hinein verwoben, das unverkennbare Zeichen eines Tiers ...
[Kapitel 9, 15. Absatz - S. 45 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
Aber, wie gesagt, ich war zu aufgeregt und - das ist wahr, wenn auch jemand, der die Gefahr nie gekannt hat, vielleicht nicht daran glaubt - zu verzweifelt, um zu sterben.
[Kapitel 13, 1. Absatz - S. 68 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
"Bis auf diesen Tag hab' ich mich um die Ethik der Angelegenheit noch nie bekümmert. Das Studium der Natur macht den Menschen schließlich so gewissenlos, wie die Natur selbst ist."
[Zitat Dr. Moreau in Kapitel 14, 28. Absatz - S. 79 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
Vorher waren sie Tiere gewesen; ihre Instinkte waren ihrer Umgebung angepaßt, und sie selbst so glücklich, wie lebendige Wesen nur sein können. Jetzt stolperten sie in den Fesseln der Menschlichkeit dahin, lebten in einer Angst, die niemals starb, von einem Gesetz gequält, das sie nicht verstanden; ihre halbmenschliche Existenz begann in Qualen, war ein einziger langer, innerer Kampf, eine einzige lange Furcht vor Moreau - und wozu? Die Nutzlosigkeit regte mich auf.
[Kapitel 17, drittletzter Absatz - S. 102 in der Ausgabe Das Neue Berlin 1988]
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