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One Of Verne's Best .,
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This review is from: The Mysterious Island (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
This was written in 1875 and set in 1865 and is a castaway novel,updated for the scientific age.We follow a group of men who,after escaping captivity in the American Civil War,crash on an uninhabited island in a balloon.This place .is located in the cold south Pacific.These men,lead by the ultra-resourceful Cyrus Harding use the islands mineral,vegetable and animal resources to not only survive but live in modern comfort.The settlers,as they call themselves smelt iron,manufacture explosives,plant crops,husband animals and even make an electric telegraph.
The story develops with pirate attacks,monkey invasions and boatbuilding.A floating message leads to a mysterious new member of their communuty.Of most interest is the unseen benevolent influence providing the mystery of the title.
This is a really enjoyable read with memorable characters who we really care about.There is a theme of redemption and forgiveness here as well.But the stories main strength is the sense of awe at human ingenuity as Verne teaches us how to tame the wild and survive with style We,as readers almost become settlers on the island ourselves,as Verne creates such a convincing place.There could have been a few lighter moments,as Verne really can do funny,but probably my favourite so far.
In the interests of not giving away the plot this is a continuation of two of Vernes previous works.One being In Search of the Castaways: The Children of Captain Grant (Forgotten Books) the other,I wont mention here.
I reviewed the 2010 Wordsworth Classics edition with some great illustrations,a map of the island,a fascinating introduction by RGA Dolby and footnotes.Best read these after the story,also dont flick forward to look at the super pictures unless you want to spoil the mystery.
This is Voyages Extraordinaires No.12
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