Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review: The Island of Dr. Moreau

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On one level this is just an old horror story about a mad scientist run amok. An island, the scientist, his weak willed helper, the shipwrecked narrator and of course, the monsters. Who aren't just monsters and that is what makes this a horror story.

On the other level you have a deeply disturbing humanistic philosophical tale about what makes a human. Wells' outlook is one of his times; the emerging materialistic/evolutionistic viewpoint that wants man to be no more than an animal and that we are just a rung on a ladder.

A disturbing story on both levels.

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