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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Jules Verne
This is a fantastic book with enough adventure to keep you reading all night long! Jules has out done himself with this marvelous novel. It has great description and explanations for every flip of the page. I would recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a book filled with rich adventure and loving characters. Overall, this book deserves the 5 stars I gave...
Published on July 7 2004 by vedran bogdanovic

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Readable 'Island'
Summer is the season of the beach book; novels are selected because they are fluffy confections to be read on autopilot without a second backward thought. Classics are chunky, pedantic things; something to be read only if a gun is pressed to one's skull and VC Andrews is dangled like fleshpot flashlight at the end of a long dark tunnel. Luckily for us, Jordan Stump dove...
Published on July 14 2003 by Kristin Munson


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Jules Verne, July 7 2004
This review is from: The Mysterious Island (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a fantastic book with enough adventure to keep you reading all night long! Jules has out done himself with this marvelous novel. It has great description and explanations for every flip of the page. I would recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a book filled with rich adventure and loving characters. Overall, this book deserves the 5 stars I gave it(maybe even 6!) and anyone who doesn't agree with me is out of their minds! AWESOME BOOK
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5.0 out of 5 stars as usual, Dec 27 2011
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Nadia Steinberg (canada) - See all my reviews
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had this book in Czech originally. have been looking for it for a while. since I read and re-read it in Czech, wasn't sure if the English version would entertain me as much, ordered it more for other family members... alas, Jules Verne in any language is the master!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne's best book, Aug. 9 2011
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Rob Blyth (Calgary, Alberta Canada) - See all my reviews
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I've read several of Verne's novels and this is my favorite. You have to keep in mind that it was written in the late 1800s and some of the attitudes common then don't reflect modern values. Still, the basic story of survival on a remote island, the ingenuity of the castaways in creating a civilized settlement, various dangers, and a great mystery all make this a great book. I discovered a big old hardbound copy in the public library when I was a kid in the 60's and re-read it about 15 years later. It held up. Just try to chuckle at the antique racial and class stereotypes among the castaways, rather than let it affect your enjoyment of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!!, Feb. 16 2004
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It was very well written, and was absolutely amazing the knowledge Verne had to have to be able to write something like this. All the men in that book do all these amazing things and seem to know everything about everything, which might make them seem to be living encyclopedias, but when you think about it, Jules Verne, had to have a ton of knowledge about what he was writing to be able to give so much detail about all the things they did. What was also cool about this book is that in most "surviving on an island" stories (e.g. Swiss family Robinson, and Robinson Crusoe) they have a whole ship to pull supplies from and build with, so when you read those books, you think "well, if I had an entire ship to work with, I could survive too". In "The Mysterious Island", they have nothing but a notebook, pen, and the collar from there dog. (later they do find the material from the balloon, but that was only after they had already made felt clothing. They basicly bring the island to civilization, with telegraph wires, and almost everything you could think of, in about 2 years. This is an inspiring book, and is hard to put down. If I could have one book while being on a deserted island, this would be the one to have!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Readable 'Island', July 14 2003
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Summer is the season of the beach book; novels are selected because they are fluffy confections to be read on autopilot without a second backward thought. Classics are chunky, pedantic things; something to be read only if a gun is pressed to one's skull and VC Andrews is dangled like fleshpot flashlight at the end of a long dark tunnel. Luckily for us, Jordan Stump dove headfirst into Jules Verne's original French text and emerged with a book that is a happy marriage of the two: all of the melodramatic adventure and none of the tedious language from the original translation.

The book speeds swiftly along, despite its size, and I often found myself reading several hundred pages when I'd only meant to take in a few chapters. The more modern linguistic style lends itself to readability even when some of the story is just pointless listing or telling rather than showing that would normally annoy me. Speaking of which, some things do strain the book's credibility, like the fact that Cyrus can invent everything *except* a way to get off the bloody island (Not unlike the Professor on Gilligan's Island) and there are more than a few fortuitous coincidences that will leave you snorting until you find out later that they're a deliberate part of the plot. Nothing much really actually 'happens' outside of the basic survival story until the pirates show up to provide some much needed conflict in part three where things become suspenseful, fun, and only slightly violent.

Ferat's etchings are wonderful snapshots of the action, with the exception of a few sad reprints with far too much ink that render some scenes nearly unseeable. His portrayal of the castaways battling a whale may not be accurate (In fairness, how many anatomical renditions of sea life were really available for study in the 1800's?) but the spiky-flippered sea monster he creates is awe-inspiring.

Unfortunately, some of these pictures are placed on pages that come before the actual events in the text and they, along with the introductions, often give away major plot points. The chapter sub-headings are equally guilty of spoiling surprises and you have to train yourself not to peek so nothing important is given away. Because of when this was written there is an uncomfortable moment or two where racism and stereotyping come into play i.e.; the black man who remains with his master out of devotion even after being freed and an orangutan's face being described as 'almost human' like 'that of an Aborigine', but they quickly disappear as characters evolve. This book is strangely listed as being abridged but nowhere in the book itself is there any indication that the translator has cut anything.

3 1/2 stars for a literary classic that has finally had justice done to it and now actually begs to be read by all ages. It doesn't bludgeon you over the head with outdated language or force you to overanalyze themes. It's ideal for summer reading but won't turn you brain into jelly. As Pencroft would say 'Hurrah!'
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Long Last The Real "MYSTERIOUS ISLAND" In English, Aug. 16 2002
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For over a hundred years now most who know Jules Verne's MYSTERIOUS ISLAND in English have not been aware that they were not quite reading the book that Jules Verne wrote in French.There are numerous differences but two of them will give you an idea.The original French version is longer than most of the English translations and one of the main characters Cyrus Harding in the original is Cyrus Smith. Numerous other changes and omissions are rampant in the previously available English editions. Verne himself made a few minor errors in the original which the present translation keeps with a note indicating them.This fine new translation by Jordan Stump gives us the entire book as well as correcting the various other changes in prior translations. In the end though it is still Verne's grand story that will bring the reader back and for the first time they will be getting more when they do that. Numerous illustrations and a fine introduction by novelist Caleb Carr ("The Alienist")add to enjoyment of this classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new translation of "The Mysterious Island", April 23 2002
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Jules Verne is a literary monument, his books are still read and popular a century after his death, and it is not too difficult to predict that this state of affairs will prevail as long as books are read and civilization does not cut its roots off. Nowadays, whenever one hears that one book or another is labeled as science fiction, images immediately come to mind - space stations, aliens, whatever. More than one and a half a century ago, however, when the Western world experienced industrialization at an exponential rate, and when literature peacefully embraced a new form of expression, the novel - science entered the literary world, and widened its scope, to immediately possess the minds of creative individuals. It is a fact that come the second half of the XIX century, the fast pace of scientific discovery influenced writers, but what is even more important, is that the visionary concepts embedded in the science fiction literature of the time in turn influenced the men of science.
Verne initially embraced the idea of technological progress, and ventured into lands thus unknown with a long series of modern novels, which were both educational, and conceptually adventurous, not to mention the fact that the pure thrill of adventure emanating from his books arrested the hearts of his contemporaries, and generations to come. Later in his life, Verne again prophesied the future, having observed that the enormous technological leap can not only benefit the society, but also hamper the fast-growing civilization, causing dangers of utmost importance to be reckoned with. Accordingly, his novels of late became grim, destructive, and dangerous from the point of view of progress and its public relations, as we would say today. Despite the fact that he was the most popular novelist of his time on the Continent, he did experience problems with censorship, which was his constant source of frustration. Even his most revered literary achievement, "20.000 Leagues Under the Sea", was denied publication unless he removed the political context. Astonishingly, even a hundred years later the original text was not restored. Only in recent decades we had the opportunity to read his masterpieces of adventure as they were originally written.
"The Mysterious Island" was first translated into English still in the XIX century, and until last year, that was the only translation available. The morose fact is that the translation in question deviated substantially from the original. In this was the Anglo-Saxon readers were at a slight disadvantage compared to readers from the European Continent, where translations were faithful, and who could also read Verne in the unhampered original. Anno Domini 2001, as irony would have it, two new English translations appeared in print, both of which claim to restore the authoritative text of Jules Verne. What a treat! If you spent many an hour in your youth reading "The Mysterious Island", I heartily recommend this new, updated translation. If you have not had an opportunity to discover the hilarious world of adventure by Monsieur Verne, it's high time you started.
Depending on the edition, "The Mysterious Island" is published in several volumes, or in one thick hardbound volume. It might be interesting to note for the newcomer, though, that this novel is a part of interconnected set of masterpieces of adventure, which may be read independently with no harm on the part of the reader, but the best experience is to be achieved if the novels are read in the order Verne intended, that is, "20.000 Leagues Under the Sea" as a first entry, then "The Mysterious Island", and finally "The Children of Captain Grant".
"The Mysterious Island" would be a classic robinsonade, if not for its scientific bent of positivism, a trend strongly present in most works of fiction by Jules Verne. Several individuals are cast away on a lone island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Of course, they do not let themselves fall into despair, but instead they start building the society anew. Although full of technical elements, "The Mysterious Island" is primarily an exotic mystery, where the unprecedented flavor of adventure overwhelms the reader for days to come. I heartily recommend this novel to all young people of both sexes, the sooner they discover Jules Verne, the better, for they will never forget that experience, nor will they ever part with the exquisite fiction of Jules Verne.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Adventure, March 19 2002
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I think that The Mysterious Island was a pretty good book to me. It is about five men and one dog who were flying in a balloon during the civil war. They were caught by a storm, and they landed on a helpful island. Since no one had ever seen or heard of the island that they were on, they decided to civilize it, and name it after their discovery. Pretty soon, when everything seems to be going well, many mysterious things start to happen on the island, which they name Lincoln Island. And animal mysteriously dies while attacking Top, their dog and they discover a bullet in a pig, that no one put there. While they learn to survive on the island, they ultimately learn the secret to the heart of the island.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mysterious Island, Feb. 12 2002
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In the book The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, four men, Cyrus, Pencroft, Herbert, and Gideon, and a dog named Neb, are in a hot air balloon during a huge storm. The balloon was punctured, and they found themselves stranded on an uncharted island. They named it Lincoln Island after the president at the time. But this book is not called The Mysterious Island for nothing! During the years that they inhabited the island, strange miracles happened, and their goal was to find what was really going on.
In general, I thought that this was an outstanding book. It was so suspenseful that every night my parents would have to wrestle it out of my hands. Jules Verne's style of writing is very effective. Another thing that I liked about this book was that there was a lot of loyalty present. The dog Neb was a major part of the book. For example, at the beginning of the book, Cyrus gets lost, and is swept up on shore away from the camp that the group of settlers were in. The dog found him, and went back to bring the group to him. Also, the book had many issues going on at the same time. This made me constantly worry about what was going to happen. For example, there was a volcano on the island. They thought that it was not active but after a while, they saw smoke rising from the top! Was the volcano active again? What would happen?
I would recommend to anyone who is uncertain about reading this book to not think about it anymore, and read it. You won't regret it, because I guarantee, that you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time. It is full of excitement, mystery and I promise you that you will enjoy it! So go to the library right now, and pick up
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope + Ingenuity + Teamwork = HIT, Feb. 5 2002
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This book showcases some of the best qualities of mankind. In a situation in which it would have been easy to give up hope, to lay down and die, this book's characters decided to struggle to survive. Faced with problems which seemed far too complicated to solve, they mustered the ingenuity to solve them. Composed of personalities from widely differing cultures, they dismissed these differences and formed a cohesive, harmonious team.
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