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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

I love survivalist stories. Here stranded characters must use all their knowledge and intelligence to live on a island. It was fun to read how they worked diligently to build a home, finding food and making clothes and tool. The cooperating between the characters was also nice to read about, it show

"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

An exciting 19th century heroic adventure!

Five intrepid souls - typical Victorian "men's men" all - imprisoned in Richmond by the North's siege of the city during the American Civil War, band together in a daring escape attempt - the theft of a hot air balloon grounded by a horrific summer storm. T

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 احب هذه

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 !

Най-добрата и най-любимата моя приключенска книга, препрочел съм сигурно десетина пъти копието на баща ми, което вече е мое и ще бъде на сина ми!

Балонокрушение на необитаем остров оставя нашите смели и разумни герои в едно незавидно положение - те трябва да се справят със своето оцеляване и го правя

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