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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606800086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606800089
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Lauria on May 23, 2014
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Just another great adventure story by the master Jules Verne. A must have to complete the 20,000 Leagues under the sea trilogy.
Remember it's an adventure story, relax enjoy the book and get lost in the ADVENTURE!!

V.Lauria
Long Island,NY
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another early instalment in the 'voyages extraordinaire' series by jules verne. this another book where verne has shown his perfected style of mixing suspenseful twist and turn adventures with historical, geographical and zoological descriptions of various parts of the globe.

in this instalment, after finding a message in a bottle in the belly of a shark, the crew of the duncan sets forth to find the shipwrecked captain grant. his message, written in three different languages. the document is worn out in different areas on the three different documents, so they must deduce its entire meaning. all they know for sure is that the captain is located in the 37 degree latitude.

the characters perfectly fit the mold of verne's other books. the main protagonist, lord edward glenarvan is the calm, strong and smart male leading character just like phileas fogg in around the world in eighty days. lady helena, lord glenarvan's wife. the children of captain grant, mary and robert. the crew of the duncan, notably the stoic major mcnabbs, cousin of edward and the young captain john mangles. the comic relief is a geographer named jacques paganel, he reminded me of passepartou from around the world in eighty days or michel ardan from 'from the earth to the moon', but he is also a foil to many of the long narrative descriptions of the various flora and fauna of the lands they visit. he happens to board the duncan by accident, during the outset of the journey. he is intelligent and leads the group to re-interpret the document several times, but his absent mindedness makes him comical. his passion contrasts amusingly with the major who never shows enthusiasm.

their journeys lead them to eventually circumnavigate the globe at 37 degrees latitude.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeanna on September 19, 2010
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I read the french version when I was and adolescent, it made me travel over the sea and around the world. The french title "Les Eenfants du Capitain Grant" had nothing to do with its English translation. It took me time to find it and I finally bought this one for my children. My son is 10 years old son is already reading this book and he loves it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Watson on June 11, 2009
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Forgotten Books edition of the Jules Verne classic, In Search of the Castaways. Easy to read, good version of the classic.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. David Swan VINE VOICE on May 4, 2012
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`In Search of the Castaways' begins with the classic message in a bottle released into the ocean several years previous by a Captain Grant. Although badly damaged by the elements enough of the message is decoded by the wealthy Lord Glenarvan with his wife and friends to theoretically determine the approximate location where the bottle was released. Without success they implore the British government to send a rescue mission. Having failed in that endeavor they take it upon themselves, with the accompaniment of Grants two young children, to find and rescue Captain Grant.

In 1962 Disney created an adaptation of the story which seems appropriate given that this is the most gosh darn wholesome book I've ever read. Jules Verne has been called a visionary and in this case it seems like he accurately foresaw the coming of Disney Studio's and decided to write the perfect Disney screenplay. This is the kind of vapid, sacchariny sweetness Disney built its empire on. Everyone in the story is just as brave and self sacrificing as one could be and quite frankly it makes the story somewhat boring. I never really cared about the people because they didn't behave like people. They were all just caricatures of the Brit with the stiff upper lip. I could never find myself caring because I never felt any connection to the characters.

My biggest issue is the same problem I had with Journey to the Center of the Earth. A lot of parts are just plain ridiculous. At one point in their search for Grant the group is faced with a choice of either scaling the Andes or going around the prodigious obstacle and losing three days. Even the guides refuse to climb the famous mountain range and there is no indication that Glenarvan and crew prepared for such an undertaking.
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