- File Size: 652 KB
- Print Length: 516 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451524918
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Public Domain Books (April 1, 1998)
- Publication Date: April 1, 1998
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000JMLBHU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Mysterious Island Kindle Edition
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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.
To sum up. The book is free and easy to read, and enjoyable. Thanks for your time.
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.
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was quite intriguing. The "mysterious" helper on the island was quite a nice surprise. Only Verne fans will figure out who that person is before it is revealed.Published 4 days ago by Fernando Nava Bravo
I enjoyed this book because it was interesting to see what solution the engineer would come up with for each problem. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Elven-lord
Enjoyable read about several castaways who escape capture during a challenging time for the US, miraculously land on and colonize a resource filled island. Read morePublished 13 days ago by PhilandBernie
I haven't read Jules Vernes in decades, and it was a delight to see this on my Kindle feed. What an imagination. The writing is definitely old-fashioned, but I found it charming.Published 15 days ago by Cathy McAuliffe
I recently watched several movie versions of this book to compare them, but was skeptical of some of the events and decided to read the book. Sure am glad I did. Read morePublished 15 days ago by L. Seifert
One of my favorites. Should be a standard read for everyone. Don't bother to watch the movie though after reading the book. It will disappoint you.Published 16 days ago by Marven E Weitzel
The only problem I had with this book is that it was smarter than me. It was an enjoyable story, and kept me enthralled.Published 17 days ago by Michelle Randall
Not finished with the book yet but it is fascinating! A true survivalist book that teaches while telling a truly excellent story! Great writing - don't want to put it down! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Debra