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159 pages (Fall 2006); 895KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00015
Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying an unusual cargo -- a variety of savage animals. Nursed to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. There, he meets Dr. Moreau -- a brilliant scientist whose experiments in vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilized world.
The Island of Doctor Moreau addresses the ideas of society and community, human nature and identity, religion, Darwinism, eugenics, and the dangers of irresponsible scientific research. A science fiction and literary classic, H.G. Wells' dark vision of the consequences of science unchecked is as relevant today as it was at the time of its writing.