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The Verne Jules : Mysterious Island (Sc) (Anglais) Poche – 1 décembre 1987

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Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828–March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author in the world, according to Index Translationum. Some of his books have been made into films. Verne, along with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction". The book tells the adventures of five American prisoners of war on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. Begining in the American Civil War, as famine and death ravage the city of Richmond, Virginia, five northern POWs decide to escape in a rather unusual way – by hijacking a balloon! This is only the beginning of their adventures... --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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"The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived." -- Arthur C. Clarke. Jules Verne started out composing librettos, but the French-born author's passion for travel and exploration compelled him to turn to adventure tales, creating the prototype for today's science fiction. One of the most translated authors in the world, Jules Verne is best known for his classics, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Par Blue Dolphin TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 20 mai 2017
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Le commentaire qui suit est en anglais parce que c'est un livre en anglais.

I had read portions of this classic for an advanced English Literature course, many years ago. I recently downloaded the Kindle version to read again in its entirety. This is a fairly long book (516 paperback pages) and I have to admit that I found it hard going at times.

The storyline is a classic juvenile adventure of courage in the face of adversity and survival from disaster. In March 1865 during the American Civil War, five men of assorted origins find themselves imprisoned in Richmond, Virginia, at the time under siege by the army of General Grant. They flee in a balloon that was intended to secure reinforcements for the Confederate cause, but had been left tethered in the main square, waiting for a break in the stormy weather. The five desperados, an energetic bunch between the ages of 15 and 45, include a top engineer (whose encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of science, chemistry, physics, industrial manufacture, geography etc. defies belief), his faithful black servant (a liberated slave who has chosen to remain devoted to his master), a very able young sailor, an intellectually-inclined but capable reporter, and a teenager who is (conveniently) an expert botanist, budding scientist and well up in natural history. The engineer's dog is also a superbly intelligent animal, endowed with almost magical powers.

I think this the key to enjoying this complex story: it needs to be read as an inspiring fairy tale, enriched with an unbelievable amount of detailed scientific content, probably valid for the period, but stretching belief for the modern reader.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Creativity Meets Adventure in Jules Verne's Classic 31 octobre 2016
Par Mark C. Donnell - Publié sur
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As a child I was introduced to , "The Mysterious Island," through a 1961 film complete with giant mutant animals and other horrific dangers. That is not the story Jules Verne wrote.

Details of survival and people caring for one another are the mainstay of thus novel, a combination of adventure and gentleness, tensions and success, mysteries and discovery.

Jules Verne is a bit of a slow read but I find his work to be satisfying. It is reading a classic. A dictionary of scientific terms in the areas of geography, botany, zoology, and geology seemed necessary at times.

People looking for a fairly long yet satisfying read will like this book. It is interesting to note that, in keeping with the moral writing styles of its time, there is no sexual suggestions. Indeed there are no women on this island nor the suggestion that they were even missed!

So get in your balloon and escape to "The Mysterious Island," for an interesting and different read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lost set in the 1800's, but with a solid answer to the mystery 10 juin 2016
Par G. Beauchamp - Publié sur
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Think of this book as "Lost" for the Civil War era. Prisoners escape a Confederate prison camp/city in a balloon, which is blown by a hurricane to a mysterious island, where they survive and thrive, while mysteries slowly build up.

I read this book back in high school, but only remembered a few high points, including the central mystery's resolution. Re-reading it now, and listening to the audio book, led me to re-evaluate it. Be aware that even though it was probably fairly progressive, when it was written, that description does not hold up today. Neither does some of the science, including how the hurricane moved. I also have to wonder if this book is where the idea of 'monkey butlers' came from.

Also, please note that this book is almost required reading for fans of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read 8 avril 2017
Par capo - Publié sur
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A classic. What can you say? Verne was many years ahead of his time. I read this book when I was a kid and loved it; now I'm passing it on to my grandkids. This was probably my favorite book as a kid, at least until I discovered Tolkein and Feist. Still a great read and I enjoy re-reading it periodically.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book, one of Jules's Verne's Best 5 juillet 2014
Par David Kimball - Publié sur
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This is a great book about four men who were POW's in a Confederate prison during the Civil War. They escape on an air balloon, and try to make their way back to the North. However, a storm makes them lose their way and they are left stranded on a island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The four men (later five) must rely on their wits and the island's resources to survive. However, strange things begin to happen that nature alone could not do. What is happening? And who or what is on the Mysterious Island?

This book also contains one of the greatest twists that I have ever came across. It was one of the few times that the ending was 'given' to me through the clues throughout the book and I did not catch it. It went above and beyond my expectations for a free book.

In summary, this is one of Jules Verne's greatest books, and it is a real pity that it is not as know of this one as they do 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, and some of his other more popular books. The Mysterious Island is a great read, and it is free, so I highly recommend that you read it. In my hundreds of books that I have read, I have never found one that is like this, it is one of the few great classics that are actually readable.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The story was interesting and has held up well. ... 12 mai 2017
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The story was interesting and has held up well. Even though the author is famous, this is the first book of his I have read. I guessing the flow of his writing is suffering a bit from a translation from French into English? The other thing that is difficult to believe is so many resources were available to them on the island and that one person could know how to so extensively use them to the exact needs of the castaways. Suspending disbelief, it was an enjoyable read, if somewhat labored by the details of how what they were accomplishing was possible. I may even read the next book in this story which shares further details of the fate of the castaways.
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