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The Mysterious Island

Jules Verne

Book Overview: 

A story of castaways, similar to Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, this book details the escape from Civil War-era Richmond, Virginia, of five Northern men who dared to go aloft in a balloon in the midst of a hurricane. Deposited on a lonely island in the Pacific, they make do with Yankee ingenuity where Chance has left them nothing. Only later do they find they have a hidden benefactor: Captain Nemo, of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, who resides, alone, secretly on the island. In time, the tiny colony becomes so prosperous that it is able to rescue another castaway from an island a hundred miles away. But all their work will come to naught – their island’s volcano is about to awake!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .h some days before the engineer had greeted on the summit of Mount Franklin.

Cyrus Harding gazed for some time at this splendid constellation, which has at its summit and at its base two stars of the first magnitude, at its left arm a star of the second, and at its right arm a star of the third magnitude.

Then, after some minutes thought—

"Herbert," he asked of the lad, "is not this the 15th of April?"

"Yes, captain," replied Herbert.

"Well, if I am not mistaken, to-morrow will be one of the four days in the year in which the real time is identical with average time; that is to say, my boy, that to-morrow, to within some seconds, the sun will pass the meridian just at midday by the clocks. If the weather is fine I think that I shall obtain the longitude of the island with an approximation of some degrees."

"Without instruments, without sextant?" asked Gideon Spilett.

"Yes," replied the en. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If The Mysterious Island isn't the biggest novel undertaken by someone conditioned with what we today diagnose as Aspberger's Syndrome, it comes close. Published in 1875, Jules Verne's epic castaway tale is loaded with geography, meteorology, astronomy, hydrography, orography, chemistry, geology and

I can't remember the number of times I have re-read this Verne masterpiece and discovered something new every time I had. In fact, my book has become so frayed around the edges over the years that I fear I won't be able to open it anymore without being afraid of ruining the pages or the cover for go

"Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who teaches the best."

This book is one of the most complete books I have ever read - literally. One one hand, it contains what we normally look for in a book like this, elements related to a great adventure. Then on the other hand it ha

L'île mystérieuse = The Mysterious Island (Extraordinary Voyages, #12), Jules Verne
Published in 1874.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه اکتبر سال 1992 میلادی
عنوان: جزیره اسرارآمیز؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: محمدرضا جعفری؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، کتابهای طلایی 17؛ چاپ دوم 1345؛ در 47 ص؛
مترجم: جواد محیی، تهران، گوتنبرگ، چا

As with many of my pre-Goodreads books, the date read for this one is a best guess, but probably roughly accurate. Although I liked it overall, I didn't rate it as highly as my Goodreads friend Bruce recently did.

Simply put, the premise here is that in March 1865, five Unionists (one the black forme

سؤال يدور في أذهان كل محبي القراءة. .اذا تم الالقاء بي في جزيرة مع كتاب واحد..ماهو هذا الكتاب؟؟لاول وهلة ساقول هاري بوتر..وستقول انت ما تفضله
لكن انصحنا جميعا ان تكون " الجزيرة الغامضة " في نسختها الكاملة هي ما نصحبه معنا لانها الأكثر فائدة

هي تنتمي لسلسلة رحلات فوق العادة لجول فيرن
..منذ زمن وانا اح

3,5/4 Fini dans la nuit hier, je n'arrivais plus à m'arrêter !

Après une première partie douloureuse pour moi (trop de descriptions très, très détaillées, trop scientifiques à mon goût...) le reste s'est lu tout seul, c'était passionnant et palpitant, et le style de Jules Verne est à saluer - quel t

Passionnant et palpitant jusqu'à la toute fin, avec un style érudit mais vivant. Mon premier coup de coeur de l'année 2016, et certainement pas mon dernier Jules Verne !

Τι πιο ωραίο να ξαναγίνεσαι έφηβος, διαβάζοντας ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο !

Finished it a few days ago. This book has restored my faith in reading. It's the second best book I've ever read. I've rarely read anything that has kept me spellbound from start to finish. I think I'd like to start reading it again.

For what is seen as an adventure book, it's mind blowingly in-depth

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