Tuesday, September 16, 2014
A Castaway Mystery Adventure
Human castaways on deserted Pacific islands (or in other oceans, for that matter) have always been a staple of 18th and 19th century adventure literature. Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Johann David Wyss' The Swiss Family Robinson, among many others, must have influenced Jules Verne to attempt his own version in The Mysterious Island. Although Verne characterized this as his "geographical novel," it is more than survivalist fiction. It is a mystery, filled with suspense and excitement. Our book trailer elaborates.
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The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne
It's a massive tome--over 600 pages in my Library's copy--so it's not a casual evening read. It is filled with scientific detail typical of Verne's "science adventure" novels (he was, if not the originator of the genre, one of its earliest masters). It is, more or less, a sequel to Verne's wildly popular Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, although, admittedly, there are several plot and character inconsistencies. Still, for Verne fans, it should be loads of fun.
Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat