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Meridiana: The Adventure of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa

Jules Verne

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Three Englishmen and Three Russians travel across the width of South Africa to measure a meridian. The outbreak of the Crimean War makes the Russians enemy agents in an English colony.

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Community Reviews

The book consists a lot of scientific procedures and mathematical terms which got me bored. Jules Verme' writings are mostly like this I know but taking in so much mathematical terms and scientific experiments isn't my thing. Moving on to next Jules Verne title on my collection.

This is the first Jules Verne book I have read. I was intrigued by the illustrations and thought what the heck. The story is pretty straight forward, a group of English and Russians travel across Africa measuring the meridian in the 1850s. They meet with a number of difficulties, several of which...more

Un clásico entre los libros de aventuras, que no recuerdo haber leído de pequeña y eso que Julio Verne era uno de los favoritos.

Con la excusa de medir un meridiano, el libro narra las aventuras en África de tres rusos y tres ingleses, enfrentados primero por sus celos profesionales y más tarde po...more

Un poco truño para ser una de las novelas de la primera etapa. Demasiadas referencias a la triangulación para la medición geodésica y demasiadas pocas aventuras e incidentes.

Imagino que cuando salió estaría de moda el tema, y Verne intentaría aprovechar el momento, porque si no no entiendo qué ha...more

Siguiendo la obra de Julio Verne en su serie de Aventuras llegamos al noveno libro.

Una obra que nos deja con un sabor a poco. Unas primeras partes algo engorrosas con el tema de la medición de un meridiano, al modo de aquellos tiempos. Así también la mención del cálculo de la medida exacta del me...more

Buena novela de Verne, repleta de los detalles que caracterizan su literatura: extensas disertaciones científicas; minuciosas descripciones geográficas; personajes sencillos, algo estereotipados pero entrañables, y situaciones que, aunque inverosímiles, son interesantes, divertidas y absolutamen...more

Supongo que algunos clásicos sí quedan obsoletos, después de todo.

El libro es bastante breve, y las aventuras que se anticipan en su título se reducen a mediciones geográficas, mucha caza y poco más.

Corre el año 1854, y Rusia e Inglaterra han enviado al sur de África a un doble grupo científico p...more

Although the scientific equipment and procedures are described in great (and very boring) detail, Jules Verne paints a very vivid picture of African nature with a touch of adventure that merits 3 stars. All is all, it was quite an enjoyable read.

Read 150 pages of this book, but couldn't bring myself to finsh it. For some reason, i didn't feel the same attraction to it as i did to other Jules Verne books. Maybe i'll try again someday, but for now, i'm leaving it with 2 stars.

While I did enjoy this story of a journey across Africa to doing survey work, I felt overwhelmed by the explanations of the process. It is interesting just how much knowledge can be gained by purely analog means. In addition, I was annoyed at the emphasis on hunting for sport in the novel. I know...more

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Community Reviews

The book consists a lot of scientific procedures and mathematical terms which got me bored. Jules Verme' writings are mostly like this I know but taking in so much mathematical terms and scientific experiments isn't my thing. Moving on to next Jules Verne title on my collection.

This is the first Jules Verne book I have read. I was intrigued by the illustrations and thought what the heck. The story is pretty straight forward, a group of English and Russians travel across Africa measuring the meridian in the 1850s. They meet with a number of difficulties, several of which...more

Un clásico entre los libros de aventuras, que no recuerdo haber leído de pequeña y eso que Julio Verne era uno de los favoritos.

Con la excusa de medir un meridiano, el libro narra las aventuras en África de tres rusos y tres ingleses, enfrentados primero por sus celos profesionales y más tarde po...more

Un poco truño para ser una de las novelas de la primera etapa. Demasiadas referencias a la triangulación para la medición geodésica y demasiadas pocas aventuras e incidentes.

Imagino que cuando salió estaría de moda el tema, y Verne intentaría aprovechar el momento, porque si no no entiendo qué ha...more

Siguiendo la obra de Julio Verne en su serie de Aventuras llegamos al noveno libro.

Una obra que nos deja con un sabor a poco. Unas primeras partes algo engorrosas con el tema de la medición de un meridiano, al modo de aquellos tiempos. Así también la mención del cálculo de la medida exacta del me...more

Buena novela de Verne, repleta de los detalles que caracterizan su literatura: extensas disertaciones científicas; minuciosas descripciones geográficas; personajes sencillos, algo estereotipados pero entrañables, y situaciones que, aunque inverosímiles, son interesantes, divertidas y absolutamen...more

Supongo que algunos clásicos sí quedan obsoletos, después de todo.

El libro es bastante breve, y las aventuras que se anticipan en su título se reducen a mediciones geográficas, mucha caza y poco más.

Corre el año 1854, y Rusia e Inglaterra han enviado al sur de África a un doble grupo científico p...more

Although the scientific equipment and procedures are described in great (and very boring) detail, Jules Verne paints a very vivid picture of African nature with a touch of adventure that merits 3 stars. All is all, it was quite an enjoyable read.

Read 150 pages of this book, but couldn't bring myself to finsh it. For some reason, i didn't feel the same attraction to it as i did to other Jules Verne books. Maybe i'll try again someday, but for now, i'm leaving it with 2 stars.

While I did enjoy this story of a journey across Africa to doing survey work, I felt overwhelmed by the explanations of the process. It is interesting just how much knowledge can be gained by purely analog means. In addition, I was annoyed at the emphasis on hunting for sport in the novel. I know...more

View More Reviews