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- ASIN: B004MF8VB4
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (532 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Island of Dr. Moreau Publisher: Bantam Classics Mass Market Paperback – 1994
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Wells, a social reformer, was a very didactic writer, and his novels reflect his thoughts and theories about humanity. Much of Wells writing concerns (either directly or covertly) social class, but while this exists in MOREAU it is less the basic theme than an undercurrent. At core, the novel concerns the then-newly advanced theory of natural selection--and then works to relate how that theory impacts man's concept of God. Wells often touched upon this, and in several novels he broaches the thought that if mankind evolved "up" it might just as easily evolve "down," but nowhere in his work is this line of thought more clearly and specifically seen than here.
At times Wells' determination to teach his reader can overwhelm; at times it can become so subtle that it is nothing short of absolutely obscure. But in THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, Wells achieves a perfect balance of the two extremes, even going so far as to balance the characters in such a way that not even the narrator emerges as entirely sympathetic. It is a remarkable achievement, and in this sense I consider MOREAU possibly the best of Wells work: the novel is as interesting for the story it tells as it is for still very relevant themes it considers.Read more ›
The price is certainly attractive for this edition of H.G. Wells' classic short novel (just $2). However, you should be aware that this edition is missing the Introduction. Someone at Dover made a big mistake. The Introduction is part of the novel and it contains important information.
However, I'm guessing someone at Dover saw the Introduction ends with the name "Charles Edward Prendick" (as author of the introduction) and decided this wasn't written by H.G. Wells so it's expendable in a bare-bones edition. Not so fast. The introduction was indeed written by Wells. It's in the first person, with Charles Edward Prendick as the "I". Then for the remainder of the novel, Charles' uncle Edward is the narrator and central character.
Big mistake, Dover. This is supposedly an "unabridged" edition. However, the first two pages (the introduction) are missing. I did a quick search on Amazon of other editions of this novel, and all listings that have Amazon's LOOK INSIDE! feature include the introduction.
Wells novel: 5 stars, absolutely great!
Dover Thrift Edition: 1 star, unacceptable.
Avoid this edition.
The only real problems that I had with this book was that it had lost the flair of the other "Anne" books, and wasn't quite ready for the mischevious tinge that the following books, which are mainly about the Blythe children, bring with them. Like I said, kind of a bridge between the real Anne books and the books about her kids. I also missed the presence of the Avonlea people like Marilla, Diana, Mrs. Lynde, and so on. But for the most part, it met my expectations. You've got to remember that it had some pretty high standards that it's predecessors had set to live up to.
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The Anne books are classics. Tbey transport the reader to a different era...one in which life seems much simpler. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sylvia Cook
A dark classic, but it may be too sad for some readers. Wells was a misanthrope and you will know it by the time you finish reading The Island of Dr. Moreau. Read morePublished 7 days ago by John
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells is quite a creepy tale. But most of the books that Wells wrote tended to ere toward the creepy side of things. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Chasity Dougherty
What could I possibly say about this book that hasn't already been said?Published 21 days ago by Peter B.
I love the Anne series! They are all incredible! I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do! I love the house of dreams, and little Jem. Captain Jim is like my best friend!Published 26 days ago by S. Horrell