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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

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 pro...more

I was surprised at how well Jules Verne can construct a story almost solely based on numbers. Throughout the book, Verne gives numbers, and numbers, and more numbers describing their location, the weather, and several other things. Surprisingly though, it doesn't get dull, and the numbers are exp...more

Куди тільки не заведе людей потреба у грошах та виконанню роботи. Одна із компаній організовує експедицію на північ, де ніби має водитися чимало дичини, з якої отримують хутро. Експедиція вирушає на північ та зводить свій форт, де розпочинає полювання на диких звірів. Загалом справи йдуть непоган...more

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 ed...more

Outpost travel adventures with the Hudson's Bay Fur Company in the Northwest Territories. We learn of trapping Siberian squirrels, muskrats, polar bears, polecats, lynxes, foxes, badgers and beavers, sables and ermines, wolves and wolverines, as we encounter the aurora borealis, a solar eclipse a...more

This is definitely a book of two halves. The first is a bit of a slog, detailing an expedition into the Arctic region by mostly nondescript characters: an astronomer, a lady scientist, trappers, soldiers, etc. As usual, Verne goes to town on the scientific factoids while paying scant regard to th...more

Interesting novel, where Verne not only takes us to remote and exotic places, but also takes the places out of their geographical position and sends them rowing around!
The characters in this tale build a fort in cape Bathurst, in North Canada, but during an earthquake the whole cape separates fro...more

Le Pays Des Fourrures = The Fur Country (Extraordinary Voyages, #10), Jules Verne
The Fur Country is an adventure novel by Jules Verne in The Extraordinary Voyages series, first published in 1873. The novel was serialized in Magasin d’Éducation et de Récréation from September 1872 to December 1873...more

Škoda typických Verneových postáv, hoci dokonalých k danej situácii, ale bez štipky vývinu a sotva uveriteľné. Neskutočne ťažkopádna štruktúra. Pritom ústredný nápad je geniálny - skupinka bádateľov založí faktóriu na úplnom západe Kanady nevediac, že sú na obrovskom ľadovci, ktorý sa napokon odt...more

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

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