Monday, January 4, 2016

H. G. Wells COMBO: The island of Dr. Moreau and The Invisible Man

Synopsis: Ranked among the classic novels of the English language and the inspiration for several unforgettable movies, this early work of H. G. Wells was greeted in 1896 by howls of protest from reviewers, who found it horrifying and blasphemous. They wanted to know more about the wondrous possibilities of science shown in his first book, The Time Machine, not its potential for misuse and terror. In The Island of Dr. Moreau, a shipwrecked gentleman named Edward Prendick, stranded on a Pacific island lorded over by the notorious Dr. Moreau, confronts dark secrets, strange creatures, and a reason to run for his life.

While this riveting tale was intended to be a commentary on evolution, divine creation, and the tension between human nature and culture, modern readers familiar with genetic engineering will marvel at Wells’s prediction of the ethical issues raised by producing “smarter” human beings or bringing back extinct species. These levels of interpretation add a richness to Prendick’s adventures on Dr. Moreau’s island of lost souls without distracting from what is still a rip-roaring good read.

My thoughts: This is the first time I’ve ever read anything related to the author and I got to say that I really enjoyed it. Wells is one of the authors that started the science fiction stories in England, around the half of 1800. He, among other writers, brought this genre to life. Both the books I’m going to talk about have the idea of the mad scientist, someone who has no scruples in order to achieve what they want.

Because they are both classics, I can’t talk very much about it. I liked the way the author writes, is very clear, dynamic and appealing. I decided to read this novel because I read The Madman's Daughter, from Meghan Shepherd, which is a book set in the Island of Moreau and fell in love with it. So I made it my goal to read the original, and finally found it (after more than a year of search) and bought it. 
Descriptions and dialogues are balanced perfectly, making it a very pleasant reading. It’s well developed, all the chapters are flowing and veeery creative; I had a little trouble imagining a scenario where an animal was turned into a kind of person, suffering through the whole process, its nature been shifted to something unnatural. In the island of Moreau, is about a man trying to play God, really.

What was very hard for me, in both the novels, was the vocabulary; since it’s about science and theories and such thing, Wells used a lot of specific terms that made it rather difficult sometimes.

Synopsis: This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

My thoughts: Still based in sci-fi theories, this one is about a scientist who decides to find a serum that would make him invisible, and he succeeds in making it. It’s almost everybody’s dream, to become invisible However, everything goes wrong: although he is invisible, his clothes are not, so he has to wear bandages and glasses around his face in order to hide his experiment.

Because it’s the same author, the writing method repeats: very clear, very dynamic story. This one, however, had a few mistakes due to the fact that Wells usually forgot what he wrote, so the editor was very thoughtful to alert the reader when it was wrong.

I really enjoyed the adventures of the Invisible Man, and could understand his frustration when no one helped him. But, at the same time, his goals to install a kingdom of Terror and killing those who didn’t agree with him weren’t the best idea, so not receiving help is kind of expected as well.

Overall, looking for both books, I had a great time: it was entertaining, challenging, dynamic and very interesting to experience a new genre of books!

Rate: (This rate is for both books)

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