Samstag, November 17, 2007

The Island of Doctor Moreau

The book is certainly better than the movie! Now I come to think of it: I've never seen a good movie based on Well's books: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau aren't good movies (except the old version of The War of the Worlds). So I don't expect people reading his books. The Time Machine is certainly his best work, and The Island of Doctor Moreau is very enjoyable. Although a bit dated, the central theme is still very - and maybe more - actual now. And the beauty of Wells is that he writes in that beautiful old English:

"It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that the pity comes troubling us."

"Very much, indeed, of what we call moral education is such an artificial modification and perversion of instinct."

H.G. Wells