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A Classic in many senses of the word,
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This review is from: The Mysterious Island (Illustrated Classics) (Kindle Edition)Five men escape from imprisonment as POWs during the American Civil war by stealing a balloon designed for observation purposes. They are carried much further than expected and end up on a deserted island. Despite having nothing to work with at the start, they slowly begin to build themselves the facilities that they need. But in the background there is a disturbing thought; is the island really deserted?
This is a lengthy book, but I found that I couldn't put it down. The writing flows nicely and the descriptions are extensive without being overly long. The question would have to be raised if a group of men really could develop all of the technology from scratch as described, but with the right level of theoretical and practical education, it should be possible. The book illustrates the old adage "Necessity is the mother of invention".
This is a classic Jules Verne novel, although not one of the better known stories; this is a shame as it is a really good read. Certainly worth downloading to your Kindle.