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Memorable set pieces but still unresolved mysteries,
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This review is from: An Antarctic Mystery; or, The Sphinx of the Ice Fields: A Sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (Paperback)This is Verne's 1897 sequel to one of the favourite books of his youth: Edgar Allan Poe's'The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket'.Written 50 years after Poe the story takes place 11 years after the events described in Pyms adventure.The story describes a search for Pym and his companions in an imaginary South Pole aboard the English ship Grampus.
While Poe sets up an atmosphere of eerie mystery Verne attempts to rationalise and explain with mixed results.Verne, while not big on characterisation creates some memorable set-pieces particularly the unusual encounter with an iceberg and he gives us a really surprising conclusion.Because Poe's original story has an unresolved ending, one expects light to be thrown upon the mystery ,and in this Verne only partially succeeds.Still I did enjoy the story and there is yet another 'sequel'or kind of to these tales:'At The Mountains of Madness'by HP Lovecraft written in 1931.
One last thing,although the cover is attractive it does not match events in the actual story-you would be forgiven for thinking this was some lost Antarctic civilisation type story -it is not .I dont think the artist has actually read the book.I recommend this book to all fellow fans of strange and fantastic fiction.
This is Voyages Extrainordinaires No.44