JRF’s #11: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells – 185 pages

 

Part Robinson Crusoe, part Brave New World, and part Frankenstein – H.G. Wells’ classic is a fun, engaging read.  Wells weaves together a compelling plot full of adventure and suspense while delving into such things as the nature of humanity, the limits of a materialistic worldview, and bio ethics.

The plot follows English castaway Edward Prendick as he is stranded on the titular island and slowly discovers the horrific experimentations of it’s resident outcast/mad-scientist, Dr. Moreau.

It took me a while to get to this book, as I had seen the abysmal movie of the same name staring a pre-obese Val Kilmer and a very post-obese Marlon Brando.

That movie was so poorly done that I’ve had not desire to read the book until I heard it being brought up in a recent conversation about cloning, IVF, and bio engineering.

I’m glad I picked it up from the library.  A quick, fun, read that can lead to some good contemplating on important issues.

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A broken sinner saved by the gracious work of Jesus Christ. Husband to the greatest woman of all time. Seriously. Father of 2-4 children (we're in the process of adoption). Navy chaplain. I enjoy surfing, SCUBA, basketball, and exploring. I also like to read and write and want to get better at both.

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