The Island of Doctor Moreau - H. G. Wells - PDF ebook

The Island of Doctor Moreau 

The Island of Doctor Moreau

The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. Wells described it as "an exercise in youthful blasphemy."

Excerpt from the introduction:

The following narrative was found among his papers by the undersigned, his nephew and heir, but unaccompanied by any definite request for publication. 

The only island known to exist in the region in which my uncle was picked up is Noble's Isle, a small volcanic islet and uninhabited. It was visited in 1891 by H. M. S. Scorpion. A party of sailors then landed but found nothing living thereon except certain curious white moths, some hogs and rabbits, and some rather peculiar rats. 

So that this narrative is without confirmation in its most essential particular. With that understood, there seems no harm in putting this strange story before the public in accordance, as I believe, with my uncle's intentions. There is at least this much on its behalf: my uncle passed out of human knowledge. 

 In some way, he must have lived during the interval. And it seems that a schooner called the Ipecacuanha with a drunken captain, John Davies, did start from Africa with a puma and certain other animals aboard in January 1887, that the vessel was well known at several ports in the South Pacific, and that it finally dis- appeared from those seas (with a considerable amount of copra aboard), sailing to its unknown fate from Bayna in December 1887, a date that tallies entirely with my uncle's story.

Author: H. G. Wells 
Publication date: 1896
Publisher New York, Stone & Kimball

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