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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1896 science-fiction novel written by H.G. Wells.

The novel addresses ideas of society and community, human nature and identity, religion, the dangers of unchecked and irresponsible scientific research, Darwinism and eugenics.

The novel is presented as a discovered manuscript, introduced by the narrators' nephew, it then 'transcribes' the tale.

Edward Prendick is shipwrecked in the South Seas. Rescued by Moreau's assistant Montgomery he is taken to the doctor's home. There he discovers the doctor has been experimenting on the animal inhabitants of the island creating bizarre proto-humans.

It has been made into a film on three occassions - 1933, 1977 and 1996. Moreau was played by, respectively, Charles Laughton, Burt Lancaster and Marlon Brando