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The Island of Doctor Moreau

Oxford World's Classics

By (author) H. G. Wells
Edited by Darryl Jones
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 9th Feb 2017
Dimensions: w 118mm h 194mm d 12mm
Weight: 135g
ISBN-10: 0198702663
ISBN-13: 9780198702665
Barcode No: 9780198702665
Synopsis
'The creatures I had seen were not men, had never been men. They were animals, humanised animals...' A shipwrecked Edward Prendick finds himself stranded on a remote Noble island, the guest of a notorious scientist, Doctor Moreau. Disturbed by the cries of animals in pain, and by his encounters with half-bestial creatures, Edward slowly realises his danger and the extremes of the Doctor's experiments. Saturated in pain and disgust, suffused with grotesque and often unbearable images of torture and bodily mutilation, The Island of Doctor Moreau is unquestionably a shocking novel. It is also a serious, and highly knowledgeable, philosophical engagement with Wells's times, with their climate of scientific openness and advancement, but also their anxieties about the ethical nature of scientific discoveries, and their implications for religion. Darryl Jones's introduction places the book in both its scientific and literary context; with the Origin of Species and Gulliver's Travels, and argues that The Island of Doctor Moreau is, like all of Wells's best fiction, is fundamentally a novel of ideas

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This is an accomplished edition. * Jonathan Cowie, Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation *