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"Daniel Burgoyne's Broadview edition of A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder is a refreshing, re-energised insight into an old classic. It is both scholarly and accessible, bringing important scholarship, key graphics, and of course the work itself, into fresh perspective. What I especially value is the way the volume will appeal to both general readers and critics, and the way that more recent scholarship on the novel has been updated and synthesized to produce new understandings of this unusual Canadian phenomenon." (Gerry Turcotte, President)

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Drifting on a sailing boat off the Canary Islands, four British gentlemen take turns reading a manuscript that they find inside a copper cylinder discovered floating in the Atlantic Ocean. The manuscript recounts Adam More's adventures after being lost at sea during an Antarctic voyage in 1844 and his life with the Kosekin, a lost civilization living at the South Pole. The values of the Kosekin are opposed to the civilized norm—they love death, abjection, and poverty. Their society may be well suited to their particular evolution, but it is profoundly disconcerting to the narrator, and it is radically contentious to the Victorian gentlemen who read and debate More's account. This Broadview edition of James De Mille's classic recreates the format of the posthumous 1888 Harper's Weekly serial, including 18 original illustrations by Gilbert Gaul. The appendices allow the novel to be seen in terms of other satirical and scientific romance, Antarctic exploration, and contemporary geology. The introduction and notes tap into recent scholarship to bring to life De Mille's genre innovations and his use of Orientalist and colonialist discourses.

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Philosophical Masterpiece Feb. 11 2012
By Robotman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is either loved or hated by the reader. Some just see it as going on and on with a repeating theme and can't stand it. I think these people are missing the whole point of the book. It's intended to be a brilliant challenge to our common beliefs and understanding of morality. It really makes you think about your entire belief system and how truly "objective" it is.

I do agree the ending was strangly (and painfully) abrupt and I'd love to know more about the copper cylinder. I don't know anything about this author, but will see what else he's written.

Overall, this is a great book and will spur on some interesting conversations. Philosophy aside, it's also a well-written adventure story.

This story is the first "short" story in this book: The Golden Age of Science Fiction: An Anthology of 50 Short Stories (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) This is part of a multi-volume collection of sci-fi classics. I'm really enjoying it so far and I'm only about 30 stories in to the first volume ... only about 620 more stories to read!
Good read! April 3 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Great lost land/civilization novel. Clever plot. author's other novels are also well done and with reading. almost all of them in the public domaine and available free.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good read Dec 29 2009
By Greta Masters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Started with just a sample and had to purchase. Besides it is only a dollar. I am anxious to continue and see where this goes. Your curiosity is peaked in the first few pages and continues thereafter. Thank you to those who volunteered to put this book back out in the world.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Little disappointing May 7 2014
By Annette I. Mordec - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I pride myself on being able to read books and articles in various types of English, being it old English, Queen's English, British English or our every day American English, but this book is unbelievably hard to read. Being stubborn, I will give it another try though.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Probably not worth your time June 11 2014
By P. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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Somewhat interesting premise, at least at first.

The story tends to drag (for a short book) once the big reveal is made. The messaging isn't very subtle, very much beating a dead horse.


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