The Mysterious Island Paperback – 3 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Jules Verne was a French writer and pioneer of the science fiction genre through novels like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and The Mysterious Island. A visionary, Verne wrote about air, space, and underwater travel long before the ability to travel in these realms was invented, and his works remain amongst the most translated, most continually reprinted, and most widely read books of all time. Jules Verne died in 1905 having paved the way for future science fiction writers and enthusiasts.
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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.
The story surrounds some POW's in the American Civil War who escape using a hot air balloon, but are then stranded on an island. The story follows them as they move from just surviving to colonizing the island. One of them is a scientist who knows how to make just about anything from the minerals, plants and other materials that they find.
All through the book strange mysterious things happen which make them wonder if they are alone on the island. Towards the end things start to take an unexpected turn (but to find out what you will have to read the book).
The book surpasses one's imagination and never fails to surprise. From the initial pages when Capt. Cyrus Harding and his friends decide to escape from a prison camp, the story seizes the complete attention of the reader, and unfolds at a pace and in a direction excelling Jules Verne's characteristic stories. The spirit and ingenuity of man is demonstrated in almost every page, as Cyrus and Co. find themselves marooned on a deserted island, and armed with only their wits, transform their desperate situation into a wonder world of science and technology. The reader is drawn into the adventure and finds himself trying to find solutions to the problems and obstacles that lie in plenty for the castaways, as Cyrus and his indomitable friends surmount myriad problems in their fight for survival. They are aided in their ventures by an uncanny and eerie source that remains a mystery until the very end.
This book cannot fail to fascinate and inspire awe in the mind of any reader. One begins to grasp the marvels and inventive genius behind the simple daily conveniences and devices that are normally taken for granted. The line between reality and fantasy is incredibly thin, and for sheer reading pleasure and boundless adventure, this book will never cease to please.
PS: The book has been adapted into a movie, which is one of the worst adaptations of any novel that I have ever had the misfortune of viewing. It is criminal to even mention the movie and the original work in the same breath.
'The Mysterious Island' (1874) is one of the lesser-known works of Jules Verne, who today tends to be remembered for his three masterpieces, 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth', '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' and 'Around The World In 80 Days'. However, the relative obscurity of 'The Mysterious Island' must not be used to assume that this is somehow a less enjoyable or less worthy novel from the master of Extraordinary Voyages (the collective name given to Verne's writings). Indeed, the many merits of the book are confirmed by the fact that Hollywood saw fit to commit numerous versions to film, perhaps the most famous being made in 1961. Another factor in the novel's favour is that it is technically the sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' and can be read as a companion piece to the more famous prequel.
The plot of 'The Mysterious Island' centres around a balloon-wreck (!), which leaves 5 escapees from The American Civil War on a seemingly-deserted Pacific island which they choose to name Lincoln Island. Over the course of the numerous years in which they inhabit the land mass, they create their own civilisation and stamp their mark upon a landscape previously untouched by man, with the growing hope that Lincoln Island will eventually form part of the American Union. However, as they endeavour to initially survive and then flourish in their new environment, the fortunes of the men appear to be being manipulated by a mysteriously beneficent and possibly supernatural force.
The story itself draws upon a range of other novels which deal with the theme of desert islands and survival.Read more ›
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An excellent read, the first time I have read Jules Verne but not the last. A story of adventure and hardship and the struggle and grit to prevail over the odds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Allan Mckenzie
A gripping tale of survival by a true master with an eye for detailPublished 3 months ago by Andrew Shemilt