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An Antarctic Mystery

Jules Verne

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An Antarctic Mystery is a two-volume novel by Jules Verne. It follows the adventures of the narrator and his journey from the Kerguelen Islands aboard Halbrane.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .redoubled volume, and the temperature of the water rose so high that the hand could no longer bear it. The immense curtain of vapour, spread over the distant perimeter of the southern horizon resembled a boundless cataract falling noiselessly from the height of some huge rampart lost in the height of the heavens.

Twelve days later, it was darkness that hung over these waters, darkness furrowed by luminous streaks darting from the milky depths of the Antarctic Ocean, while the incessant shower of ash-dust fell and melted in its waters.

The boat approached the cataract with an impetuous velocity whose cause is not explained in the narrative of Arthur Pym. In the midst of this frightful darkness a flock of gigantic birds, of livid white plumage, swept by, uttering their eternal tékéli-li, and then the savage, in the supreme throes of terror, gave up the ghost.

Suddenly, in a mad whirl of speed, the boat rushed into the grasp of the cataract, where a vast gu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I finished Jules Verne's Le Sphinx de Glaces. Verne wrote his book as a follow-up/continuation of Edgar Allan Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.

Reading Verne's methodical sequel after Poe's meandering novel had me picturing...more

"Zagonetka ledenog mora" - Žil Vern
Izdanje : Tehnička knjiga, 1955.g.

Žil Vern ovu ledenu avanturu posvećuje uspomeni na E.A.Poa, čije je delo "Doživljaji Artura Gordona Pima" Vernu poslužilo kao svojevrsna inspiracija.
Roman prati pustolovine gospodina Džorlinga, svetskog...more

This is the first Jules Verne novel I have read and I enjoyed it. The reason I read this book is because it is the "sequel" to Edgar A Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym". If you have read that novel, you realize that Poe left off rather abruptly and did not finish his narrative. I'm not s...more

Bu sefer detaylı bir yorumu ikinci değil, birinci kitapta anlatmıştım. Buzların Sfenksi diğer Jules Verne eserlerine göre benim için daha merak uyandırıcıydı. Sanki daha az virgülle ucuca eklenen coğrafi bulgular, daha çok konu içeriyordu.

Spoiler vermemek adına söylemiyorum ama bütün...more

Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket was a financial and critical failure at the time of publication. Yet, Poe's tale inspired generations that came after him, including many well-known authors.

One of them was this literary god. Jules Verne!

Here is the GR blurb for this edition of this book:
An Antarctic Mystery; or, The Sphinx of the Ice Fields, was published first in 1897 as a response to Edgar Allan Poe's 1838 novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. It is an adventure story following the journey of of an unnamed n.../>An

This was a nearly amazing novel. First, I purchased the complete writings of Jules Verne as a single "volume" from the Kindle store. I think it was 99 cents--something like that. And I've been reading my way through the collection. Finishing Antarctic Mystery puts me about 32% of the way through...more

This is an unofficial sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's only novel,1838's, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket".Jules Verne was a great admirer of the American writer. Mr.Jeorling is an geological researcher(mineralogist), and believes that book was factual! He's serious and roams the seas...more

Belki biraz garip, bu hayatım boyunca okuduğum ikinci Jules Verne kitabıydı (İlki İskoçya Seyahati). Klasiklerin için herkesin okudum deyip kimsenin okumadığı kitaplar oldukları sıkça söylenir. Ya da Calvino’nun deyişiyle kimsenin okuyorum demeyip tekrar okuyorum dediği kitaplar okudukları. Dünya...more

A very interesting exploration tale.
Jules Vernes descriptions can be intense but he really draws a great picture of everything going on and in reading this book it is very hard not to see the ocean , the ice and the various landscapes.
Some very dated bits such as the need to constantly refer to...more

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