If The Mysterious Island isn t the biggest novel undertaken by someone conditioned with what we today diagnose as Aspberger s Syndrome, it comes close Published in 1875, Jules Verne s epic castaway tale is loaded with geography, meteorology, astronomy, hydrography, orography, chemistry, geology and by virtue of appearing first in serialized form as The Secret of the Island , the saga runs 193,266 words Verne doesn t so much stop as he runs out of natural sciences to explore.The fanciful adventure begins above the Pacific Ocean on March 23, 1865 as a balloon is ripped apart by a cyclone Five Americans and one dog are aboard The men are railroad engineer Cyrus Smith, journalist Gideon Spilett, freed slave Neb short for Nebuchadnezzar , sailor Bonadventure Pencroff and 15 year old Harbert Brown, Pencroff s protege and the son of his former captain The dog is named Top and they are all prisoners of war, having escaped Confederate controlled Richmond by stealing the balloon.The escapees stay aloft long enough to crash onto the shoreline of a deserted island After searching for one of their missing mates, the men immediately begin to fortify themselves against the elements Verne seems positively giddy at the prospect of leaving civilization and using his knowledge of the natural world to build a new one where the footprint of man has never been left The castaways master the procurement of shelter, fuel, fire, food and tools before exploring their new habitat Verne builds his dream ecology on the island, which includes a dormant volcano, thick forests, lakes and streams and abundant plant and animal life, with everything from rabbits and foxes to sheep and jaguars The men note and name all of the island s geographic features, arriving on Lincoln Island as a name for their new home Led by Smith s engineering ingenuity, the castaways begin to improvise construction and manufacturing projects immediately Strange things are afoot on Lincoln Island The missing castaway is found with no recollection of how he came to be deposited on the island When Top is dragged underwater by a manatee, the creature is slain by an unseen predator After four months marooned, Pencroff discovers a lead pellet in a bird no than three months old The castaways later discover a watertight crate washed ashore with rifles, lead, gunpowder, tools, utensils and books, with no wreckage from a ship found The Mysterious Island settles between Around the World In Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, not quite science fiction until the final chapters, but a real attempt by Verne to try his hand at something different a mystery The 1961 film adaptation took wild liberties with the material, inserting giant creatures designed by visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen and lady castaways to sell concessions to 20th century boys like myself One of the antiquated qualities of Verne s writing here is that in three years of being marooned, the men never wear on each other s nerves or even disagree how to tackle a problem The closest they come to Island Drama is when Pencroff lobbies Smith to let him build a skiff and sail to an island 120 miles away to see what s there Not only are these men the most stoic, resourceful and stout of heart men in fiction, but they re apparently the friendliest as well By virtue of Verne publishing this a chapter at a time as a serial, when read in one volume, the novel is a long one A damn long one There are far too many chapters devoted to habitat building, exploring, plant cataloging, etc without any development in the characters or the plot It s just interesting stuff to Verne The lead pellet isn t discovered until page 214 It was around that time that I began skimming the book or else I d still be reading it.Still, Verne s imagination is never in question If I ever get marooned on a desert island, I hope that Eva Green is with me, but aside from that, I hope I have a copy of this book with me While the characters are monochromatic and the plot very slow to develop, Verne is clearly a geek for the ages when it comes to the natural sciences and he communicates that ardor clearly, and across many different fields of study This edition of The Mysterious Island features a 2001 translation by Jordan Stump, associate professor of French at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and 1875 illustrations by Jules Descartes Ferat These are the work of A class artisans and add tremendously to the pleasure of the book I recommended it for anyone fascinated by tests of man versus nature Fans of Verne are in for a treat in the final chapters, while those too young to have read Verne s work should have a good time as well. This is a story about the artist not his art The plot is practically nonexistent, contrived purely so Jules Verne can demonstrate his extensive scientific knowledge.Four men are air balloon wrecked on an uncharted, uninhabited island in the pacific ocean The island has every vegetable, animal, and mineral resource to be found anywhere else in the world The four castaways, who never once disagree with each other or say a cross word, colonize the island with nothing than their knowledge, intelligence, empty pockets, and bare hands Within a couple of years they manufacture metal, glass, bricks, animal farms, windmills, boats, a telegraph, batteries gun powder, you name it they got it And by the time you reach the end of this long tedious book, after having learnt the names of all the hills, rivers, lakes, bays, forests botanical names for all the trees, animals and insects mineral and chemical names for every lump of rock they trip over the whole island blows up and vanishes into the ocean.A waste of time As with many of my pre Goodreads books, the date read for this one is a best guess, but probably roughly accurate Although I liked it overall, I didn t rate it as highly as my Goodreads friend Bruce recently did.Simply put, the premise here is that in March 1865, five Unionists one the black former slave of one of the white escapees, and another a 15 year old boy escape from Richmond by stealing a balloon that s been prepared and provisioned for a Confederate mission but are quickly blown WAY off course by a massive hurricane, and five days later wind up on an uncharted island By the time of the Civil War, of course, balloon flights were not science fictional This novel s science fiction element is actually a tie in with Verne s earlier novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea but I would say that much of the plot is a descriptive fiction tale of adventure and survival under adverse conditions In that respect, it has a lot in common with Defoe s Robinson Crusoe, and readers who like the one might like the other That s not out of character for Verne he didn t think of himself as a writer of science fiction the concept as such didn t exist then , but as a writer of Extraordinary Voyages, of which this is one, and he was as interested in describing the extraordinary wonders of the actual world as in speculating about the extraordinary marvels he believed science could achieve.Verne was a practicing Roman Catholic To a greater extent than in his other works at least the ones I ve read , he speaks here in his third person narration about the providential care of God and our castaways here several times both pray to God for help and acknowledge and thank Him for blessings received Bruce, in his review, discerns a deliberate symbolism here in which the island stands for the world, whose inhabitants are watched over and supplied by a beneficent Deity As an intentional symbolism, I wouldn t rule it out, though it s subtle enough that it didn t suggest itself to me when I read the book In any case, it could certainly be a legitimate reader response criticism And given the geological instability of the island, one could extend this symbolism to include Christian eschatology but no spoilers here But this doesn t imply that the castaways are or can be passive on the contrary, for them as for the inhabitants of this terrestrial island in space, benefiting from the resources they re blessed with takes cooperation, hard work, courage, and technological know how and ingenuity Fortunately, they have these in abundance Despite the Goodreads reference to their needing to build a society, this isn t really sociologically oriented science fiction Our characters have to work together, pull their weight and share but you don t develop much of a society with five people in it Their conflicts and challenges are basically with nature and with physical processes, rather than interpersonal Verne is part of a literary tradition that tends to be gadget oriented than people oriented and this shows here My literary preferences are drawn to the human element, rather than the physical technological That accounts for my lower rating for this than for other SF works that focus on character For me, this was often a less than riveting read, though readers fascinated by learning about survival techniques and do it yourself technology might react differently The prose style per se wasn t problematical I found this readable than some of the author s other works in that respect Of course, this requires a caveat international copyright didn t exist in Verne s day, so many English language editions of his work were pirated, and he was very poorly served by most of the unauthorized translators, who took vast liberties So with most 19th century translations, you re never 100% sure that you re actually reading anything very similar to Verne s original The Airmont edition I read provides no information about what translation was used As a History major, I was put off by the inaccuracies in the way the Richmond setting of March 1865 was depicted Verne was writing about nine years after the war but he obviously either didn t follow the contemporary accounts of it very closely, didn t remember them well, or both And he didn t take time to research the subject, either Richmond was never besieged by Grant or anybody else and a Union prisoner would not have been free to walk around the city Union officers were held in Richmond but they were confined to Libby Prison Also, the tie in with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea which I mentioned above has some chronological inconsistencies with the earlier book that I noted at the time I read this one, but which are hard to explain without a spoiler But on the positive side, I don t recall anything invidious or derogatory in the portrayal of the black character, Neb and that s a plus not always found in the literature of that era Last year I participated with a group of friends in doing a Secret Santa This was the book that my Santa gave me as well as Gulliver s Travels I think it was because of the fact I was moaning about the lack of any Verne on Maui I am SOOOOO glad my santa chose this book for me It was amazing Yes there were some dry parts, unless you like painstaking detail about how to make Iron or Bricks, but even they were quickly dispatched, and could be skimmed without really mising anything.Verne s Characters rank in loveability with Characters such as Jim Hawkins,Rhett Butler,Huck Fynn and Tom Sawyer, as a matter of fact there were not many characters I did not like,other than the ones you were supposed to dislike For me,IMHO, This Classic ranks right up there withThe Count of Monte Christo,Great ExpectationsETC I have already readJourney to the Centre of the Earthand again in my humble opinion this outranks it by miles If you are not familiar with Verne I think this qwould be a great one to start with And no matter how knowledgeable you are, the end will leave you saying WTF However, all the Mysteries of said Mysterious Island are dealt with and you are not left with the feeling of ok now what happens. Best EPub, L Le Myst Rieuse By Jules Verne This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book L Le Myst Rieuse, Essay By Jules Verne Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Finished it a few days ago This book has restored my faith in reading It s the second best book I ve ever read I ve rarely read anything that has kept me spellbound from start to finish I think I d like to start reading it again.For what is seen as an adventure book, it s mind blowingly in depth, overly interesting and so well written, it has taught me many lessons in writing I never new Jules Verne was so good I already miss each character and even the animals Poor Jup Wow wow wow. 260913 i had to take a break on page 346, as the extensive description of application, recapitulation, celebration, of all industrial engineering resulting in 19th century European technology, by five men, from nothing, on an island which just happens to contain all desired resources, began to make me wonder if this is satire really have to clarify this i was not beginning to sense this in his writing, i was beginning to read it myself too much like satire, not taking it seriously but no, this is sincere, scientific, humanistic, and obviously result of much research and imaginationthis break was a good, because once you leave behind or just ignore all this survival Science, possibility but not plausibility, this is a fun book even though it is so long, it zips by, and it becomes clear that the protagonist is not any or all of the castaways or even their mysterious benefactor the protagonist is Science, of all sorts, as presented most forcefully as Engineering is it possible to have such innocent, unquestioning, all encompassing, faith in the wonder and moral value of Science, of Engineering well perhaps in 1875, when this was publishedthere are no women, no natives, no Others of any sort there are not even any conflicts between the men, no doubts, but that the sincere application of so much, so applicable, so fortunately known Science, that if you are not willing to enter this mindset i cannot help but be overwhelmed by absurdity of their technological progress throughout the years, their development of everything from iron to glass to an elevator, their construction of a boat, their rescue of yet another castaway, who has not been so fortunate in his exile unfortunately, i already knew who is their mysterious benefactor, but this knowledge does not diminish the triumphant narrative of Science, and the ultimate appeal to the providence of god seems only kind of tacked on at the endthis book made me think of several others, particularly other Verne, but the one that surprises me most comes out of nowhere i think of Samuel Beckett s Trilogy and no, i have not decided to reappraise those books, but made me wonder why this, which is about as long as those three, is so much easier to read even when i know what who will be revealed as their mysterious djinni there must be something, some pleasure, in this deliberate escape to an era, a world, that pre dates the great horrors our protagonist Science can generate, that makes me think of those who read this in that time, those who could only foresee the wonders and not the terrors, something i do not even recall from childhood when everything from Vietnam on the TV to the unspoken, ever present, idea of nuclear Armageddon, were only too strong an idea of Sciencebut what this has to do with Beckett, i am unsure have to think about iti think about it and recall one of the signal moments early on the island, when they measure the location of this place on something of latitude and longitude this made me think of the philosophy of the life world husserl and the difference between lived space and the objective space Cartesian as measured on the scientific way, as defined by some arbitrary other scale which has no immediate, human, value this makes me on reflection think of heidegger s contention we have scientifically leveled all the world as resource rather than being how tall is that cliff, how can we measure it, how can we discover our place relative to the real world, how can we use our clocks to place us well, all of this is possible by Science and how this place has rocks, sand, trees, grass, only in their utility as resources, only in how we humans or rather our avatars the five castaways, may use themthis understanding of the world according to Science, as resources, instead of facing difficulty of climbing that cliff, rather our five relating on some Science stance instead of engaging the world as the World this will be how the book seems to be a parody, a satire, but no, in fact, these educated castaways can be thought of as intelligent men of the industrial world, the island as our entire planet, and this is the romance of Science, that we should enact without doubt or uncertainty that this may be less than entirety of the world that cliff is measured by calculating angles of trigonometry, whereas the ordinary man would say, Can i climb it of the beach sand, We can fashion glass, rather than, Damn sand gets in everything the island, as the World, seems an inexhaustible fount of resources, even as we are given argument about What will we humans do when the coal runs out by that time we will use hydrogen, of course, simple sea water, and will not face that moment for what, two hundred years Beckett has no arguments of that sort, no Science in fact or dream, only that complex reality each human must face bravely or not, of the absurdity of the World, and, in an almost religious way of thinking, we humans are our own greatest absurdityah, but then, is it possible that humans are both scientific masters and existential clowns, in this world my favorite among 40 books I ve read by Jules Verne read count 4 although not recently An example of how scientific knowledge dramatically increases the chances of survival on a deserted island Probably one of the reasons I ve chosen a career as an engineer, I like to take things apart to see how they work, and i also love the satisfaction of fixing something that is broken The four stranded technology wizards recreate the industrial revolution from scatch among the pristine tropical paradise At the time I first read it I was 9 or 10 I didn t miss so much the lack of a feminine character to spice up the plot. Jules Verne fuels the imagination Verne had a vision of a Hollow Earth Fascinating topic Lots of esoteric knowledge out there in the public domain, if one knows where to look Great books Tolkien also had Middle Earth in his books and of course Alice went down the rabbit hole Maybe that is where the elves and dwarves live Lol 3.5 Verne s style is a bit stoic and geek but I fully enjoyed the novel It has all the elements to be a sci fi classic, the characters are a monument to human rectitude and inteligence, it makes the reader passively navigate with the plot and has that beautiful plot twist and ending This author is the description of if you like a topic, you can t stop talking about it Damn that man loved natureYa has vuelto a ser un hombre, puesto que lloras Las lagrimas te han redimidoVaya Que creativo era este hombre y que habilidad para atrapar al lector con una aventura sencilla y descabellada Mi segundo libro de Verne, y aunque 20,000 leguas de viaje submarino se me hace mil veces mejor, La Isla Misteriosa no se queda atr s Las descripciones tan detalladas solo pueden venir de la cabeza de un autor que adoraba lo que escrib a, ya que hasta el p rrafo m s inveros mil trasciende Los personajes est n tan perfectamente parados que no puede conectar con ellos pero si apreciarlos por ser la representaci n de todo lo bueno del ser humano Una caracter stica b sica de la sci fi cl sica, personajes perfectos No molesta, solo sorprende lo incre bles que llegan a ser El final me encanto, la resoluci n fue perfecta y algo fan service pero, quien no podr a emocionarse con el La imaginaci n que sal a de la cabeza de este hombre era algo de otro mundo, y su forma de plasmarla en una novela al tope de cari o Es raro encontrarse un autor actual con un nivel creativo de ese tama o.