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The Mysterious Island [Kindle Edition]

Jules Verne
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Adventure novel by Jules Verne, published in French in three volumes as L'Ile mysterieuse in 1874 and included in his popular science-fiction series Voyages extraordinaires (1863-1910). The Mysterious Island follows the adventures of a group of castaways who use their survivalist savvy to build a functional community on an uncharted island. A hot-air balloon carrying five passengers and a dog escapes from Richmond, Va., during the American Civil War. It is blown off course and deposited near an obscure island. One of the castaways nearly dies after a skirmish with pirates; he is saved by the unexplained appearance of medicine after the pirates are unexpectedly routed. The group later discovers that their secret helper is the reclusive Captain Nemo (first introduced in Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), who dies and is buried at sea in his submarine. The castaways are eventually saved by a passing ship. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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Text: English, French (translation)

Product Details

  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451524918
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (April 1, 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMLBHU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
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I am trying to be the cheapest person who owns a Kindle. So I am searching out classics to read on the Kindle that cost $0. Came across Mysterious Island and I have been captivated by it. Very good read. Intelligent with adventure. After reading the book, I wondered about any movies made about this book. I saw one listed on Netflix that had giant sea monsters fighting the island inhabitants. The movie also had women on the island with the men. I guess whomever tried to sell the idea of the book to Hollywood was afraid of just presenting the book as is. No sea monsters and no women. I think the movie version would be "a little" like Castaway.
To sum up. The book is free and easy to read, and enjoyable. Thanks for your time.
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191 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Island Is Fantastic May 18, 2009
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I have not had a chance to talk about any of the books that I have read recently, but I decided that today I would. Recently upon getting my Kindle 2 I downloaded for free a copy of Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island. One of the great things about owning a Kindle is that the second you own it you can download many classics for free and you already have a well stocked library full of classic novels that triumph over some of today's commercial attempts.

I really recommend reading this book. It starts off slowly, and there were times in the middle of the book that I began to get overwhelmed by the complex descriptions that Verne offers about how this band of Civil War escapees manage their life on a strange island. Verne goes into such depth that the reader can actually tell that Verne probably spent many hours in his own contemplation about what he would do if he were stranded on an island. And let me be the first to say that if I were stranded on an island I would want Jules Verne right beside me. His knowledge of the subject went further than you would expect it to and considering that the book was written in the 1870's. The type of information that was possessed by the characters given by Verne surpasses what most people would know today. It wasn't too far after being stranded that the band of men were making pottery, iron and planning to make guns. At one point they even knew to take small whale bones and hunt with them. These are things that are lost in today's world of luxury.

I think the beauty of the story lies in its ability to transport you to this other place and time. As I read the book I felt as if I was back in the 1800's trying to survive and thinking as I read, "what would I do?" It is an excellent book that could be read by young and old alike.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I ever read July 3, 2009
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I first read this book in the early 1960s. It was then the best book I ever read. 45 years later it is still the best book I ever read. Jules Verne was
absolutely one of the greatest writers ever. The group of men who landed on
this island didn't only survive they survived well. The engineering that went on and the knowledge of Jules Verne is unbelievable. Verne did his homework. If you like survivor stories read this book. Verne puts Robinson Crusoe to shame.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the better free edition June 11, 2010
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This is Jules Verne's attempt at writing a Robinson Crusoe / Swiss Family Robinson castaway story, with the twist that the five castaways crash-land a balloon and thus come to the island with almost nothing -- unlike Crusoe or the Swiss Family, the castaways here don't have a boat-full of resources, tools, etc., to fall back on, and have to make *everything* themselves, from the ground up, armed only with their knowledge of science and engineering. Since it always seemed to me that Crusoe and the Swiss Family cheated a bit by bringing so many tools and so forth along with themselves, I really enjoyed the more scientific focus, and this has now replaced Swiss Family as my answer to the "what one book would you want with you on a desert island?" question.

Parts of the novel drag a bit, but it's a Jules Verne novel so there's a good story here -- the Island has a mysterious unseen inhabitant, also, there are pirates, which is always awesome.

This translation is also the better of the two available for free in the Kindle store -- unlike the Kingston translation, this one (I believe based on the 1875 White translation) preserves Verne's character names, cuts less of Verne's text, and retains Captain Nemo's anti-English and anti-imperialist rhetoric, often cut from other period translations.

Oh, yeah, Captain Nemo. This book is in some ways a sequel to Verne's _Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas_, as well as to his _In Search of the Castaways_. The sequence isn't direct -- really more a case of cameo characters than a direct plot sequel to either book -- but you might want to read those two books first before picking this one up.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking adventure February 12, 2011
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I could easily be talked into giving this four stars for its high adventure, intriguing mystery and appealing characters. You've got to love a book that grabs you right from the beginning:

"Are we rising again?" "No on the contrary." "Are we descending?" "Worse than that, captain! We are falling!" "For heavens sake heave out the ballast!" "There! The last sack is empty!" "Does the balloon rise?" "No!" "I hear a noise like the dashing of waves! The sea is below the car. It cannot be more than 500 feet from us!" "Overboard with every weight!...everything!"

I must say, that listening to this (via the Kindle's speech feature while I was driving) was better than having to read all those exclamation points, but I was hooked and enjoyed the vicarious adventure.

Jules Verne's MYSTERIOUS ISLAND embraces the ever-popular story line of men surviving--even thriving--on a deserted island, but instead of getting there by shipwreck, these men have escaped from a Civil War Richmond under siege in a hot air balloon and are blown thousands of miles off course in the grip of a raging storm. Eventually, their balloon loses air and they fall into the sea and are washed up on an island. There they establish a settlement, and with remarkable know-how, tenacity, and courage, they make quite a nice life for themselves that lasts about four years, despite the challenges of tempest, wild animals, injuries, pirates, and, most intriguingly, a mysteriously benevolent but invisible presence that seems to defy the castaways' belief that they are alone on the island.

This book was written in 1874, and must surely have been influenced by SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON which was written in 1812.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning was a bit harder follow in the sense ...
The beginning was a bit harder follow in the sense of where it was going. About half way into the book it took a much more interesting direction, which got more interesting... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by paul elson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 1 day ago by Edwin Wessel
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great classic
Published 1 day ago by Ronald E Boland
5.0 out of 5 stars Garden of Eden
Just loved the feelings I got reading this book. I would watch this as a series on TV The way they could find and use what god set in front of them. Read more
Published 1 day ago by googleit
5.0 out of 5 stars mysterious island
Great historical book, shows you how much was already known about the world in the late 1800's and the ingenuity of the human race. Great read!
Published 1 day ago by D. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVED IT!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by Pat Longstreath
5.0 out of 5 stars " This text stands on it's own merits wonderfully. It tells a...
This is a follow-up and conclusion to the story that began with Jules Verne's earlier work, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Benny G Bryan Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Could've been written today, a long way ahead of his time.
Published 3 days ago by warwick
4.0 out of 5 stars AN Amazing Tale
Jules Verne tells of castaways and how they cleverly used their talents and skills and knowledge to create a "civilized" home. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Patricia H. Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best novels ever.
Published 4 days ago by Frank Ballesteros
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