A shipwreck nearly spells the end for Edward Prendick when he is rescued by a peculiar man called Montgomery. For one, Montgomery’s assistants have a strange way about them. To complicate matters more, the island he is brought to is the hideaway of an infamous scientist.
One of the primary reasons I quickly made room for The Island of Dr. Moreau on my reading list this year is because I heard about Silvia Moreno Garcia’s latest release, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau.
Although they say that you don’t necessarily need to have read the classic to properly appreciate Garcia’s work, I like to be prepared so, of course, I picked it up.
While the content of this book provides fodder for great discussions on ethics, animal cruelty, and science, I am not a big fan.
I’ve previously read The Time Machine, and that too was only a moderately enjoyable read for me.
I think it has something to do with the author’s writing. I didn’t find myself naturally engrossed in the storytelling, and I continued reading because I had a vague idea about Dr. Moreau’s grotesque experiments.
Thankfully, it’s a short read with short chapters. So I could get through it relatively quickly with the help of an audiobook.
It is also quite fast-paced in the sense that soon after Prendick arrives on the island, he figures out what Montgomery and Moreau are up to.
What I do appreciate about reading The Island of Dr. Moreau is seeing how the man vs nature angle plays out. The author stresses the idea that no matter how much you try to tame animals, they remain true to their instincts.
I like that the story is set on an island and there are 1-2 scenes that fully employ the location to the benefit of the book.
The ending seemed convenient and I think the book, as a whole, would’ve been more memorable with some tweaks to the writing and ending.
I would not recommend this to anyone. I’m confident that I will enjoy reading The Daughter of Doctor Moreau far more than I did The Island of Dr. Moreau.