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4.0 von 5 Sternen They called Moreau their God
Until I read this book, I didn't know that a serious novel about human like animals existed. Certainly H.G. Wells is not most well known as one of the fathers of sci-fi for this novel. It was one of his first, published in 1896, and the book lovers of the time must have really found this work disturbing and shocking. Maybe that's why The Island of Dr. Moreau has been...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well's classic tale reread.
Reading "The Island of Doctor Moreau again as an adult, I was struck by an abundance of Biblical allusions I missed when reading it as a child. Then, the monsters and gore kept me up nights staring at my closet door. Now I realize how, like Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", the novel probes man's almost instinctual urge to attain godhood. However, Well's...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen They called Moreau their God, 5. Februar 2000
Until I read this book, I didn't know that a serious novel about human like animals existed. Certainly H.G. Wells is not most well known as one of the fathers of sci-fi for this novel. It was one of his first, published in 1896, and the book lovers of the time must have really found this work disturbing and shocking. Maybe that's why The Island of Dr. Moreau has been playing catch up to The Time Machine and War of the Worlds ever since. I admit that I myself found the basic idea in this book very cruel, but I realized that the book covered other issues as well. Besides being the novel about an insane scientist who tries the hand at playing God, this book evokes thoughts of social responsibilty and freedom of all living things. Also, it shows that sometimes who we think of as being authority really have no right to be, and deals with anarchy and revolution. But it is the basic plot that has the most effect. Why does Moreau torture animals so that can make them in the image of man? Dr. Moreau beats Victor Frankenstein on who is a more of a nutcase. Frankenstein intended for something good to come out of his work. Moreau did his experiments just for curiosity. He didn't expect for his creations to have any real purpose. He didn't care for them. And yet he brainwashes his creations to fear and respect him, to treat him like a god, and follow his laws. And another thought occurs. What really seperates man from beast? What causes humans to sometime commit violent and brutal acts? What does that account for? When I read this novel, the reality of what genetic cloning may become years from now passed through my mind. If genetics had been an established science in the 1890's, Wells could of utilized it in this book, but he would probably have created a controversy beyond any proportion. But certainly the ignorance of genes back then was not his fault, and he came up with probably the best substition: vivisection. Being the substitute of what was unknown and likely more plausible, vivisection was more than enough to shock Well's audience of reading about the blasphemous idea of creating "Beast-People". I am certain that people in 1896 weren't ready for it. Neither are we. That's what I think is the main reason that The Island of Dr. Moreau isn't as popular as H.G. Wells other novels. I found, however, that this was a worthwhile read because its suspense and creepiness intrigued me, and it made me think of some social issues. If you're a person who can bear reading a grotesque story of cruelty and suffering, I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Von der Degenerationsangst am Fin de Siècle, 15. September 2006
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Herbert George Wells' "The Island of Dr. Moreau" ist ein echter Genreklassiker im Bereich der Spannungsliteratur. Das soll jedoch nicht bedeuten, dass sich "Moreau" auf bloße Spannungseffekte und Elemente des Morbiden reduzieren lässt - gleichwohl dies Ende 1897 durchaus der Fall war.

Doch "Moreau" erfüllt höchste literarische Ansprüche, denn neben der fesselnden Erzählweise ist die Geschichte vor allem ein wahres intertextuelles Sammelsurium, von Shakespeares "Sturm" über Kiplings Dschungelbuch bis hin zu Defoes "Robin Crusoe".

Edward Prendicks Schiffbruch führt ihn auf eine Insel voller schrecklicher Kreaturen, auf der Dr. Moreau - einst umstrittener Tierforscher in England - sein Unwesen treibt. Sein stets allen Fragen ausweichender Gehilfe Montgomery und das merkwürdige Wesen M'ling komplettieren die unheimliche Troika. Prendick wird es noch mit der nackten Angst zu tun kriegen, als Experimente auf verhängnisvolle Weise scheitern.

Neben dieser spannungsgeladenen Handlung lässt der Text noch tiefer blicken, sehr tief, denn er offenbart ein relativ pessimistisches Menschenbild, indem die Degeneration - also die umgekehrte Evolution - per se in jedem Menschen vonstatten gehen kann. Jeder Mensch kann zu jeder Zeit seine Kultur niederreißen und zur wilden Bestie werden.

Wells' Text entstammt dem Fin de Siècle, einer Zeit gróßer kultureller Ängste, die einerseits wilden Degenerationsphantasien Vorschub leistete, aber auch Texte beisteuerte, die starke moralische Kritik am Zeitgeist aufkommen ließen. Das Menschenbild von Wells ist durchaus ethisch geprägt, ist sehr bescheiden und auf seine Moralvorstellungen reduziert, welche ihn alleinig vom Tierischen unterscheiden. Der Lauf der Weltgeschichte gibt Wells Recht. Ein wahrer Klassiker. Absolut lesenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "and i go in fear", 13. Mai 1998
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And it is with these words that the main character in Hg wells masterpiece, "the island of Dr moreau",expresses the feeling of being back in civilization. This is not a book just about being trapped on an island with a madman, but is a book about finding ourselves here in this existence and confronting and doing battle with the dual nature of animal and human in each of us. It is the struggle between social responsibilty and personal freedom, between the primal, organic impulses and the spiritual and intellectual. The conflict is eternal and inherent in what it is to be human. To negate and deny the other aspect is to live a life lacking of the full breadth of what it is to be human and to be at conflict with oneself. To live with both aspects is to live, paradoxically, with the same struggle. So here is man, as he is, doing what he can in this chaotic, crazy world,as the main character does,looking to the stars for "hope".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well's classic tale reread., 29. Dezember 1998
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Reading "The Island of Doctor Moreau again as an adult, I was struck by an abundance of Biblical allusions I missed when reading it as a child. Then, the monsters and gore kept me up nights staring at my closet door. Now I realize how, like Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", the novel probes man's almost instinctual urge to attain godhood. However, Well's skill as a writer is sadly unequal to his ability as a storyteller. How many times can a person use the words "singular" (meaning peculiar) and "darkling" in a hundred page novel without a washing-out of their initial effect? Not many.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a horrorfing novel of animal exparimantaion, 17. September 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Island of Dr. Moreau (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
dougless edwards A traveler on a sunken boat is saved by an acholic dr named mongometry. Mongometry takes him to an island he called the island of doctor moreau. Late one night edwards sneaks out to moreaus labs were he see's a half women half cow being sliced. As he runs out mongometry spots him and sends some of the beast folk after him. when caught moreau explains. after a while the beast folk taste blood and become carnage creating creatures. This is most defintly wells most scary boo
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A chilling cautionary tale, or a symbolic nightmare?, 28. April 1998
H.G. Wells' chilling cautionary tale of man as is truly powerful literature. It kept me up nights, questioning the ethics of technology and genetic engineering, powerful subjects for a book to grapple with. A symbolic nightmare, this literary work has the flavour of gothic horror, science fiction, a classic... This is a book that has it all. If you are ready to have your thoughts provoked, this gory but meaningful tale is a top-notch choice.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Must for Sailers (confusing for everyone else!), 2. Juli 1997
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This book has a very slow start that is hard to get into. Every other word is another obscure reference to a part of a sail boat. Hard to follow for the first 1/4 of the book. In addition, there are a lot of terms that only people in England would understand.

Anyway, if you can follow books with a confusing dialogue (i.e. Shakespeare) you may like this book. Otherwise, just get the movie with Brando & Val Kilmer.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Island of Dr. Moreau, 5. November 2012
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Island of Dr. Moreau (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Die Story hat mir ausgesprochen gut gefallen. H.G. Wells hat mich auch hier nicht enttäuscht. Die Ausgabe ist gut gedruckt und auch das Preis Leistungsverhältnis ist einwandfrei.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The evil that science can do, 1. Februar 2012
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Wells' more than a hundred years old book "The island of Dr. Moreau" is an exciting story about the dangers when man ties to manipulate nature.

In the 21st century man discovered the structure of DNA - the nucleic acid that contains the genetic information of every known living organisms -, cloned a mammal and modified organisms genetically. This advances in science Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) could not foresee when he published his third novel, "The Island of Dr. Moreau", in 1896. But his story about the sinister scientist feels more than a hundred years later no longer just like fiction.
When Edward Prendick stranded on a remote island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, he soon learns that this is not paradise here, this island has some very strange creatures. "Every shadow became something more than a shadow, became an ambush, every rustle became a threat." Prendick meets the suspicious scientist Dr. Moreau, become witness of a vivisection - operations on living organisms -, and learns the truth about the creatures, "...this extraordinary branch of knowledge has never been sought as en end..." But then something goes terribly wrong and Prendick and the other men can only hope to survive.
From the beginng you are dragged into a very dark and dense story about the dangers man faces when he tries to manipulate nature. But Wells also raises some ethical questions. "It was not the first time that conscience has turned against the methods of research."
Before H. G. Wells became a writer and established himself as a pioneer of science fiction, Wells worked as a teacher and journalist and had studied biology at the Norman School of science.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "I hope, or I could not live", 10. März 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Island of Dr. Moreau (Gebundene Ausgabe)
As with many of H.G.'s stories, it is a tail told by a narrator. Also at first, you may not notice his slipping in of social underpinnings.

Pendrick, our narrator starts out trying to tell how he was disenshipped and disappeared at sea for a year to turn up alive. His explanation is so fantastic that no one believes him. However after we read his account, we do.

He spent the bulk of his time on an isolated island with the mysterious Dr. Moreau, Moreau's right hand man Montgomery, and a menagerie of unique people. Where did they come from and what are they doing on this island? As the story unfolds, Pendrick realizes he is the next either on the operating table or for supper or maybe something more sinister.

This story has shades of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies". However, I can swear that I work with the very same creatures every day. Moreover, I will never look at my cat in the same way.

Somehow, I missed the movie version of this book, so I cannot compare them.
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