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Abandoned

Jules Verne

Book Overview: 

Explorers in a hot-air balloon land on an island, figuring that they must be the only inhabitants. However, they discover a bullet inside a wounded animal--one which must have been fired within the previous three months. The men propose to build a canoe so they can survey the island in search of other human life. Many adventures follow, one after another. They find a large chest filled with provisions and tools. Setting off in search of who might have left the chest, the travelers make their way through the Mercy River to the sea. During their trek, the men find remnants of the balloon they arrived in. Back at camp (Granite House) they find their ladder to the house has been removed--by invading orangutans. Soon the animals are defeated, except for one, whom they tame to become a house servant. The men construct a bridge over the river. They protect their abode by surrounding it on all sides with water. They undertake projects to make their colony habitable and comfortable. They create a hydraulic lift to replace the ladder. They build a seagoing boat for further exploration. Eventually they discover another human on Tabor Island, bringing him back to their now-well-stocked colony.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Page_51" id="Page_51">[Pg 37] wood were evidently uninhabited, for Top did not bark, and the intelligent animal would not have failed to signal the presence of any stranger in the neighbourhood.

DENIZENS OF THE FOREST

[Pg 38]

At half past ten, to the great surprise of Cyrus Harding, Herbert, who was a little in front, suddenly stopped and exclaimed—

"The sea!"

In a few minutes more, the whole western shore of the island lay extended before the eyes of the settlers.

But what a contrast between this and the eastern coast, upon which chance had first thrown them. No granite cliff, no rocks, not even a sandy beach. The forest reached the shore, and the tall trees bending over the water were beaten by the waves. It was not such a shore as is usually formed by nature, either by extending a vast carpet of sand, or by grouping masses of rock, but a beautiful border consisting of the most splendid trees. The bank was . . . Read More

Community Reviews

"Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who teaches the best."

This book is one of the most complete books I have ever read - literally. One one hand, it contains what we normally look for in a book like this, elements related to a great adventure. Then on the other hand it ha

L'île mystérieuse = The Mysterious Island (Extraordinary Voyages, #12), Jules Verne
Published in 1874.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه اکتبر سال 1992 میلادی
عنوان: جزیره اسرارآمیز؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: محمدرضا جعفری؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، کتابهای طلایی 17؛ چاپ دوم 1345؛ در 47 ص؛
مترجم: جواد محیی، تهران، گوتنبرگ، چا

An exciting 19th century heroic adventure!

Five intrepid souls - typical Victorian "men's men" all - imprisoned in Richmond by the North's siege of the city during the American Civil War, band together in a daring escape attempt - the theft of a hot air balloon grounded by a horrific summer storm. T

As with many of my pre-Goodreads books, the date read for this one is a best guess, but probably roughly accurate. Although I liked it overall, I didn't rate it as highly as my Goodreads friend Bruce recently did.

Simply put, the premise here is that in March 1865, five Unionists (one the black forme

سؤال يدور في أذهان كل محبي القراءة. .اذا تم الالقاء بي في جزيرة مع كتاب واحد..ماهو هذا الكتاب؟؟لاول وهلة ساقول هاري بوتر..وستقول انت ما تفضله
لكن انصحنا جميعا ان تكون"الجزيرة الغامضة " في نسختها الكاملة هي ما نصحبه معنا لانها الأكثر فائدة

هي تنتمي لسلسلة رحلات فوق العادة لجول فيرن
منذ زمن وانا احب هذه

3,5/4 Fini dans la nuit hier, je n'arrivais plus à m'arrêter !

Après une première partie douloureuse pour moi (trop de descriptions très, très détaillées, trop scientifiques à mon goût...) le reste s'est lu tout seul, c'était passionnant et palpitant, et le style de Jules Verne est à saluer - quel t

Passionnant et palpitant jusqu'à la toute fin, avec un style érudit mais vivant. Mon premier coup de coeur de l'année 2016, et certainement pas mon dernier Jules Verne !

Τι πιο ωραίο να ξαναγίνεσαι έφηβος, διαβάζοντας ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο !

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