Off on a Comet

or, Hector Servadac

Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 98,831 / 298 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.4
LoC Category: PQ
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Downloads: 4,345
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ointment at Mostaganem, and had lately been entrusted with some topographical work on the coast between Tenes and the Shelif. It was a matter of little consequence to him that the gourbi, in which of necessity he was quartered, was uncomfortable and ill-contrived; he loved the open air, and the independence of his life suited him well. Sometimes he would wander on foot upon the sandy shore, and sometimes he would enjoy a ride along the summit of the cliff; altogether being in no hurry at all to bring his task to an end. His occupation, moreover, was not so engrossing but that he could find leisure for taking a short railway journey once or twice a week; so that he was ever and again putting in an appearance at the general's receptions at Oran, and at the fetes given by the governor at Algiers.

It was on one of these occasions that he had first met Madame de L----, the lady to whom he was desirous of dedicating the rondo, the first four lines of which had just seen the light. She was a colonel's widow,

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Average Rating of 5 from 4 reviews: *****
2010.12.23
tgatzajr
*****

This has to be one of Jules Verne's best novels! The plot starts off moving and doesn't slow down at all. The idea of a comet glazing the earth and taking the land, air and people with it may be far fetched but it is no different than Sci-Fi today. However it is interesting to read how they learn about and adapt to their new home. Their spirit of survival is refreshing! Even their their ingenious method of leaving the comet and returning to earth.

The story is a great combination of adventure, humor and science. This, I think is what made Jules Verne such a great writer. This book is highly recommended. A definite 5 star read!

2009.01.25
Michael A
*****

Very enjoyable book. Although fantastically unrealistic, it is insightful as always into the mind of Verne. Nice pace to the read and good for all ages.

2008.07.23
RFanellli
*****

Great story! As with most of Verne's work, he sometimes spends more time on description than story. This is not one of his most well known works but is a must read for Verne fans.

2006.10.30
Paul Baran
*****

I highly recommend this book which I believe best captures the mind of Jules Verne and his attention to detail and accurate scientific findings for his era. This is one of his best novels.


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