The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd & H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau

Posted February 11, 2013 by Sara 1 Comment

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Our February book of the month — The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd — is based on the classic novel The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells. So if you’re diving into Shepherd’s delightful new take on this Gothic classic, it’s worth taking a look at her inspiration, as well!

island of dr moreauThe Island of Dr. Moreau follows shipwrecked Englishman Edward Prendick — who becomes stranded on an island owned by mysterious Dr. Moreau and his assistant Montgomery. There, he discovers that Moreau — a disgraced British doctor — is vivisecting animals and attempting to turn them into humanoid creatures.

You can read a more in-depth breakdown of the plot for The Island of Dr. Moreau on Wikipedia (though we really recommend you just read the original book) — plus explore more about the characters and other adaptations.

Themes to explore while reading The Island of Dr. Moreau (and comparing it to The Madman’s Daughter) include:

  • Evolution
  • Divine Creation
  • Human Nature vs. Culture/Society
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Human Identity
  • Morality

On her website, Shepherd also recommends these links for more information:

Sara

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