The Island of Doctor MoreauBook - 2009
A classic of science fiction and a dark meditation on Darwinian thought in the late Victorian period, The Island of Doctor Moreau explores the possibility of civilization as a constraint imposed on savage human nature. The protagonist, Edward Prendick, finds himself stranded on an island with the notorious Doctor Moreau, whose experiments on the island's humans and animals result in unspeakable horrors.
The critical introduction to this Broadview Edition gives particular emphasis to Wells's hostility towards religion as well as his thorough knowledge of the Darwinian thought of his time. Appendices provide passages from Darwin and Huxley related to Wells's early writing; in addition, excerpts from other writers illustrate late-nineteenth-century anxieties about social degeneration.
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"It's chance, I tell you," he interrupted, "as everything is in a man's life."
There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. -- Ch. 22
To this day I have never troubled about the ethics of the matter. The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature.
-- Ch. 14
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A survivor of a shipwreck finds himself on an island where a mad scientist named Dr. Moreau is turning animals into human-like beings.
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