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L'Île mystérieuseUn ragazzo un giornalista un marinaio un ex schiavo divenuto criminale e poi pentitosi e perfino una scimmia uesta bizzara compagnia approda su un'isola non anc. If The Mysterious Island isn't the biggest novel undertaken by someone conditioned with what we today diagnose as Aspberger's Syndrome it comes close Published in 1875 Jules Verne's epic castaway tale is loaded with geography meteorology astronomy hydrography orography chemistry geology and by virtue of appearing first in serialized form as The Secret of the Island the saga runs 193266 words Verne doesn't so much stop as he runs out of natural sciences to exploreThe fanciful adventure begins above the Pacific Ocean on March 23 1865 as a balloon is ripped apart by a cyclone Five Americans and one dog are aboard The men are railroad engineer Cyrus Smith journalist Gideon Spilett freed slave Neb short for Nebuchadnezzar sailor Bonadventure Pencroff and 15 year old Harbert Brown Pencroff's protege and the son of his former captain The dog is named Top and they are all prisoners of war having escaped Confederate controlled Richmond by stealing the balloonThe escapees stay aloft long enough to crash onto the shoreline of a deserted island After searching for one of their missing mates the men immediately begin to fortify themselves against the elements Verne seems positively giddy at the prospect of leaving civilization and using his knowledge of the natural world to build a new one where the footprint of man has never been left The castaways master the procurement of shelter fuel fire food and tools before exploring their new habitat Verne builds his dream ecology on the island which includes a dormant volcano thick forests lakes and streams and abundant plant and animal life with everything from rabbits and foxes to sheep and jaguars The men note and name all of the island's geographic features arriving on Lincoln Island as a name for their new home Led by Smith's engineering ingenuity the castaways begin to improvise construction and manufacturing projects immediately Strange things are afoot on Lincoln Island The missing castaway is found with no recollection of how he came to be deposited on the island When Top is dragged underwater by a manatee the creature is slain by an unseen predator After four months marooned Pencroff discovers a lead pellet in a bird no than three months old The castaways later discover a watertight crate washed ashore with rifles lead gunpowder tools utensils and books with no wreckage from a ship found The Mysterious Island settles between Around the World In Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea not uite science fiction until the final chapters but a real attempt by Verne to try his hand at something different a mystery The 1961 film adaptation took wild liberties with the material inserting giant creatures designed by visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen and lady castaways to sell concessions to 20th century boys like myself One of the antiuated ualities of Verne's writing here is that in three years of being marooned the men never wear on each other's nerves or even disagree how to tackle a problem The closest they come to Island Drama is when Pencroff lobbies Smith to let him build a skiff and sail to an island 120 miles away to see what's there Not only are these men the most stoic resourceful and stout of heart men in fiction but they're apparently the friendliest as wellBy virtue of Verne publishing this a chapter at a time as a serial when read in one volume the novel is a long one A damn long one There are far too many chapters devoted to habitat building exploring plant cataloging etc without any development in the characters or the plot It's just interesting stuff to Verne The lead pellet isn't discovered until page 214 It was around that time that I began skimming the book or else I'd still be reading itStill Verne's imagination is never in uestion If I ever get marooned on a desert island I hope that Eva Green is with me but aside from that I hope I have a copy of this book with me While the characters are monochromatic and the plot very slow to develop Verne is clearly a geek for the ages when it comes to the natural sciences and he communicates that ardor clearly and across many different fields of study This edition of The Mysterious Island features a 2001 translation by Jordan Stump associate professor of French at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and 1875 illustrations by Jules Descartes Ferat These are the work of A class artisans and add tremendously to the pleasure of the book I recommended it for anyone fascinated by tests of man versus nature Fans of Verne are in for a treat in the final chapters while those too young to have read Verne's work should have a good time as well

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Ora toccata dalla civiltà ricca di risorse naturali abitata da bestie feroci e dominata da un vulcano in piena attività Riusciranno i nostri amici a far front. 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 didSimply put the premise here is that in March 1865 five Unionists one the black former slave of one of the white escapees and another a 15 year old boy escape from Richmond by stealing a balloon that's been prepared and provisioned for a Confederate mission; but are uickly blown WAY off course by a massive hurricane and five days later wind up on an uncharted island By the time of the Civil War of course balloon flights were not science fictional This novel's science fiction element is actually a tie in with Verne's earlier novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; but I would say that much of the plot is a descriptive fiction tale of adventure and survival under adverse conditions In that respect it has a lot in common with Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and readers who like the one might like the other That's not out of character for Verne; he didn't think of himself as a writer of science fiction the concept as such didn't exist then but as a writer of Extraordinary Voyages of which this is one and he was as interested in describing the extraordinary wonders of the actual world as in speculating about the extraordinary marvels he believed science could achieveVerne was a practicing Roman Catholic To a greater extent than in his other works at least the ones I've read he speaks here in his third person narration about the providential care of God; and our castaways here several times both pray to God for help and acknowledge and thank Him for blessings received Bruce in his review discerns a deliberate symbolism here in which the island stands for the world whose inhabitants are watched over and supplied by a beneficent Deity As an intentional symbolism I wouldn't rule it out though it's subtle enough that it didn't suggest itself to me when I read the book In any case it could certainly be a legitimate reader response criticism And given the geological instability of the island one could extend this symbolism to include Christian eschatology but no spoilers here But this doesn't imply that the castaways are or can be passive; on the contrary for them as for the inhabitants of this terrestrial island in space benefiting from the resources they're blessed with takes cooperation hard work courage and technological know how and ingenuity Fortunately they have these in abundanceDespite the Goodreads reference to their needing to build a society this isn't really sociologically oriented science fiction Our characters have to work together pull their weight and share; but you don't develop much of a society with five people in it Their conflicts and challenges are basically with nature and with physical processes rather than interpersonal Verne is part of a literary tradition that tends to be gadget oriented than people oriented; and this shows here My literary preferences are drawn to the human element rather than the physical technological That accounts for my lower rating for this than for other SF works that focus on character For me this was often a less than riveting read though readers fascinated by learning about survival techniues and do it yourself technology might react differently The prose style per se wasn't problematical; I found this readable than some of the author's other works in that respect Of course this reuires a caveat international copyright didn't exist in Verne's day so many English language editions of his work were pirated and he was very poorly served by most of the unauthorized translators who took vast liberties So with most 19th century translations you're never 100% sure that you're actually reading anything very similar to Verne's original The Airmont edition I read provides no information about what translation was usedAs a History major I was put off by the inaccuracies in the way the Richmond setting of March 1865 was depicted Verne was writing about nine years after the war; but he obviously either didn't follow the contemporary accounts of it very closely didn't remember them well or both And he didn't take time to research the subject either Richmond was never besieged by Grant or anybody else; and a Union prisoner would not have been free to walk around the city Union officers were held in Richmond; but they were confined to Libby Prison Also the tie in with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea which I mentioned above has some chronological inconsistencies with the earlier book that I noted at the time I read this one but which are hard to explain without a spoiler But on the positive side I don't recall anything invidious or derogatory in the portrayal of the black character Neb; and that's a plus not always found in the literature of that era

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review L'Île mystérieuse Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB À Un ragazzo un giornalista un marinaio un ex schiavo divenuto criminale e poi pentitosi e perfino una scimmia uesta bizzara compagnia approda su un'isola non ancora toccata dalla civiltà ricca di risorse naturali abitata da bestie feroci e dominata da un vulcano in piena attivitàE comune alle avversità e organizzare la loro vita sulla nuova terra La inarrestabile fantasia di Verne ce lo farà scoprire nelle pagine di uesto suo capolavo. Finished it a few days ago This book has restored my faith in reading It's the second best book I've ever read I've rarely read anything that has kept me spellbound from start to finish I think I'd like to start reading it againFor what is seen as an adventure book it's mind blowingly in depth overly interesting and so well written it has taught me many lessons in writing I never new Jules Verne was so good I already miss each character and even the animals Poor Jup Wow wow wow