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The Fur Country

Jules Verne

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Officers of the Hudson’s Bay Company are given the mission to find a fort at 70 degrees north of the polar circle. At some point, an earthquake occurs, and from then on, laws of physics seem altered (a total eclipse happens to be only partial; tides are not perceived anymore). They eventually realize that they are not where they are supposed to be.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .against the bottom and rebounded to an immense height.

“Help! help!” cried old Norman, hurriedly struggling to haul down his sail.

Mrs Barnett and Hobson endeavoured to come to his assistance, but without success, for they knew noticing of the management of a boat. Norman, unable to leave the helm, and the halliards being entangled at the top of the mast, could not take in the sail. Every moment the boat threatened to capsize, and heavy seas broke over its sides. The sky became blacker and blacker, cold rain mingled with snow fell in torrents, whilst the squall redoubled its fury, lashing the crests of the waves into foam.

“Cut it! cut it!” screamed Norman above the roaring of the storm.

The Lieutenant, his cap blown away and his eyes blinded by the spray, seized Norman’s knife and cut the halliard like a harp-string; but the wet cordage no longer acted in the grooves of the pulleys, and the yard remained atta. . . Read More

Community Reviews

In the far frigid north of Canada where the bitter cold encompasses the white environment of frozen ice, snow falling in blizzard winds, gigantic icebergs floating in the desolate Arctic Ocean, lonely Eskimos sheltered in igloos, ferocious Polar Bears roaming to find meat of any kind, temperatures n

When I was younger, I was a Jules Verne junkie. I read most of my library system's rather extensive collection of Verne's works and loved most of them (I still consider Mysterious Island to be half the reason (with Lord of the Rings) that I grew to love reading). The Fur Country, however, was proble

Lealtà, cooperazione e spirito di sopravvivenza saranno messe a dura prova dopo la partenza da Fort Reliance per avventurarsi oltre il 70° parallelo dell'America del Nord. L'uomo si troverà di fronte alle asprezze e alla durezza di una delle regioni del mondo più difficili.
Sicuramente è uno dei lib

Prima di leggerlo, temevo di dover digerire un mattone soporifero pieno di descrizioni di paesaggi artici, di cacciatori e di pelliccie.

Invece mi ha sorpreso.
Prima con la missione di costruire il forte oltre il settantesimo, poi con il colpo di scena che spezza in due il libro.

Da lì, da questo colpo

Edición de Plaza y Janés, 1959, con traducción diferente a la de Jubera/Roig. Y digo diferente porque es completamente diferente, aunque ambas conservan el mismo sabor (que no sé si es original o no porque ambas son traducciones, pero sí son equivalentes excepto en el poema esquimal, que en la edici


In the edges of the Earth every decision can signify life or death. Lieutenant Jasper Hobson and a detachment of soldiers undertake a journey to the northernmost parts of the world to establish a new fur factory where hunting is still plentiful. The intrepid Pauline Barnett joins just for

Starts off boring, doesn't become totally awesome till halfway through.

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