The book tells the adventures of five American prisoners of war on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. Begining in the American Civil War, as famine and death ravage the city of Richmond, Virginia, five northern POWs decide to escape in a rather unusual way – by hijacking a balloon! This is only the beginning of their adventures...
same day another important personage fell into the hands of the Southerners. This was no other than Gideon Spilen, a reporter for the New York Herald, who had been ordered to follow the changes of the war in the midst of the Northern armies.
Gideon Spilett was one of that race of indomitable English or American chroniclers, like Stanley and others, who stop at nothing to obtain exact information, and transmit it to their journal in the shortest possible time. The newspapers of the Union, such as the New York Herald, are genuine powers, and their reporters are men to be reckoned with. Gideon Spilett ranked among the first of those reporters: a man of great merit, energetic, prompt and ready for anything, full of ideas, having traveled over the whole world, soldier and artist, enthusiastic in council, resolute in action, caring neither for trouble, fatigue, nor danger, when in pursuit of information, for himself first, and then for his journal, a perfect treasury of knowledge on all sorts of curious subj
Henry Ratliff's excellent review is more interesting than the book.
(1874) Adventure (Island castaways)
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One of the best books by Jules Verne. I read it during my school days and I got hooked to scientific adventure. The story, the technologies described and scientific spirit, the strong anti-imperialist tone, the adventure spirit makes it a must read for all young men & women. In fact some of this tones viz free scientific spirit, doing unusual without caring for social criticism is a recurring theme of Jules Verne
This is nice and well written book with mystery and action.
This is a great book. Its an adventure story set in a fantastic environment. The mystery of Cpt. Nemo is cleverly woven in the plot. The castaways working together to make life bearable on the island, is an inspiration. An enjoyable read. The unique American drive to overcome in this book, reminds us of the explorer grit we may have lost.
Ash, the books start with the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, then In Search of the Castaways, and finally with this book. I really love this, and very educational too. They construct a battery and telegraph, and use chemical formulas to make and use powerful liquids from raw materials! It tells you how these things work, and how they made it. This is a truly wonderful work. Jules Verne is a very scientific
man, and is known to travel much more than people of his time. Enjoy Jules Verne, and The Mysterious Island!
Much better than the series they showed in Germany at the end of the seventies. This should be on the bookshelf for teens as the language is clean and simple, and the subject important.
This book was one of the most influential ones in my childhood. The practical approach by the people on the island, exemplified in the "watchglass-clay-seawater" approach to making fire, the descriptions, the no-nonsense way situations are dealt with - they all contributed to my desire to become an engineer later in my life. The fact that it is a sequel to "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" is a bonus.
This is a book I urge *everyone* to read. To this day, I always carry a copy of it on my PDA, and give a copy to anyone who shows interest.
I must show my ignorance and say that I did not relize at all that this was a sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I found the story well told and very timely in light of such modern mysteries as "Lost."