Mysterious Island

MysteriousIslandSuggested by Brad Nelson • Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island follows the adventures of a group of castaways who use their survivalist savvy to build a functional community on an uncharted island in the Pacific. It’s an intelligent adventure with a lot of ingenuity and natural history thrown in.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This was a book I started over six months ago. I gave up on it, but someone told me it was worth sticking with, so I did.

    It proved to be a delightful read. Really a “guy” book all the way (although the 1961 movie throws in some chicks). At times Verne isn’t the most eloquent writer. But he plods along and gets the job done.

    It’s fun following the inventiveness of the castaways as they build everything they need from scratch…although they never do get around to making that railroad that Pencroft wanted. I’d love to see someone do a serious-grade movie based upon this book.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      One concern with Verne is that his translators haven’t always been very good, in fact often downright awful. One problem is accuracy, but readability may also be a problem sometimes. (This can work in reverse as well. SF writer Jerry Pournelle once mentioned his problems with a German translator who happened to be a socialist and slanted his work accordingly.)

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’ve just discovered there’s a wonderful illustrated version of Mysterious Island. So do spend the two dollars and get this version. It will be worth it.

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