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Five Weeks in a Balloon

Jules Verne

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Join three intrepid explorers as they seek to cross and explore the continent of Africa from Indian Ocean to Atlantic Ocean, except they’re doing it by hot air balloon. Scholar and scientist Samuel Ferguson, his manservant Joe, and his friend Richard “Dick” Kennedy engage in this mighty scientific feat, as they face danger after danger, enjoy adventure after adventure, and experience the literal highs and lows of Africa from the view of a hot air balloon.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ould have sufficed in most cases, but the practical results secured from these experiments have been insignificant.

"I therefore resolved to go about the thing more directly; so, at the start, I dispensed with ballast altogether, excepting as a provision for cases of special emergency, such as the breakage of my apparatus, or the necessity of ascending very suddenly, so as to avoid unforeseen obstacles.

"My means of ascent and descent consist simply in dilating or contracting the gas that is in the balloon by the application of different temperatures, and here is the method of obtaining that result.

"You saw me bring on board with the car several cases or receptacles, the use of which you may not have understood. They are five in number.

"The first contains about twenty-five gallons of water, to which I add a few drops of sulphuric acid, so as to augment its capacity as a conductor . . . Read More

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Cinq semaines en ballon = Five Weeks in a Balloon (Extraordinary Voyages, #1), Jules Verne
Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen (French: Cinq semaines en ballon) is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, published in 1863. It is the first novel in which...more

Verne's first full-length novel, while setting the formula for many of his later books, is definitely not one of his best: the science is sketchy and the plot is basically a series of small misadventures in a row that the three main characters escape with usually not too much difficulty and a jus...more

¡Al fin he vuelto a mi querido Verne! Espero no volver a abandonarlo por tanto tiempo. Mi obra favorita del autor es Viaje al centro de la tierra, pero hace mucho tiempo que no la releo.
En principio voy a decir que nunca había leído Cinco semanas en globo, ni conocía detalles de su trama por lo q...more

3.5/5 stars

As for difficulties," replied Ferguson, in a serious tone, "they were made to be overcome.

Pros of reading a Victorian Era classic

Complicated vocabulary, detailed descriptions and lots of facts about the time period. Now, if you didn't know, I happen to be an avid fan of everything...more

Fünf Wochen im Ballon ist das Erstlingswerk von Jules Verne - zumindest ist es der erste veröffentlichte Roman des Autors. Das Buch erschien 1863 und ist in jeder Hinsicht ein früher Science-Fiction-Roman. Im Mittelpunkt des Romans steht ein High-Tech-Vehikel, der Wasserstoff-Ballon Victoria. Die...more

Júlio Verne presenteia-nos com uma história ímpar de obstinação e coragem.

Uma obra onde impera a inteligência e a bondade entre todas as personagens. Todas elas diferentes, todas elas iguais. Humanas, leais, solidárias.

Uma amizade que importa acima da riqueza, do amor próprio e da própria vida.

U...more

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17. Un libro mínimo 100 años más viejo que tú

Postergué muchísimo este libro porque odié Viaje al centro de la tierra. Sin embargo, Cinco semanas en globo es una novela increíble, llena de aventuras, dinamismo, acción, alegrías y muchos tropiezos en un viaje irrepetible. Nues...more

I enjoyed this story so much more than I thought I would. Having read 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea a while back, I was already familiar with the writing of Jules Verne. And while that book was very good, there were also some flaws ... such as the writer's tendency to bog the narrative down with l...more

If you like trigger-happy wild game hunters and hardcore Victorian racism, this could be the one for you.

With this first book Jules Verne actually takes up the legend. That is, first of all, the first of his works listed in the series of "extraordinary voyages".
In 1863, Africa is a mysterious continent, unknown. The age is the age of the great explorations and Jules Verne imagined a trip by three me...more

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