Dr. Moreau Revisited #DealMeIn2018

I’ve read THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU more than once, and I’ve seen a couple of films that were adaptations or variations. So, when my Deal Me In cards turned up hearts and I went to East of the Web and saw a short story called “Doctor Moreau Did It,” I was in.

Doctor Moreau Did It
by Fernando Sorrentino

“Doctor Moreau Did It” isn’t really about Dr. Moreau. I’m not sure why the title, but people are sometimes unsure why I pick the titles I do, so….

Weird.

I don’t say that like it’s a bad thing. This story is weird in all the best possible ways.

Beautiful.

The story was written in Spanish and I read the English translation, so I need to compliment the translator as well as the author. The language is beautiful. the style is, if I may put it this way, fluid. I love passages like this one, after someone insists that the sea is the best place ever:

 “Of course, of course,” they said, we said, I said; “the coastal climate, the iodine, the sand . . . .”

I’ll be reading the rest of Sorrentino’s stories on East of the Web. Highly recommended, based on this one.

I am Fernando Sorrentino, and I’m going to write this note in the first person so that I’ll be totally responsible for the truth of my words. I was born in Buenos Aires, on November 8th, 1942.
As worthy men have said, in my fiction there is a curious mixture of fantasy and humour that sometimes comes in a grotesque framework, and always in a verisimilar one. I like reading more than writing, and, in fact, I don’t write too much. After thirty two years, I do not have a long bibliography to show….

 

If YOU need a short story to read, I have free ones here on my Free Reads page. I also have four collections for 99 cents each linked from my Short Stories page.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Read THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU and write a story based on it.

MA

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Dr. Moreau Revisited #DealMeIn2018

  1. pm laberge

    December 3, 2018 at 7:12am

    Dr Moreau was also quite a philosopher.

    Why one time, he made a fascinating statement:

    No man is an island.

    I should probably leave. Time for my pills, again….

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