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The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz: The First English Translation of Verne's Original Manuscript (Extraordinary Voyages #61)

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Widely rumored to exist, then circulated in a corrupt form, Jules Verne’s final and arguably most daring and hauntingly beautiful novel—his own “invisible man”—appears here for the first time in a faithful translation. Readers of English can rediscover the pleasures of Verne’s storytelling in its original splendor and enjoy a virtually unknown gem of action, adventure, and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Bison Books (first published 1910)
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Matt Kuhns
Aug 24, 2013 Matt Kuhns rated it it was ok
Probably worthwhile for completists, only.

The introduction and notes to the new Schulman translation make much of this late, "darker" work by Verne and various symbolic interpretations. But the fact that the story closes in a somewhat jarring, unresolved manner doesn't really make it great art. Overall, what we have here is a readable but fairly sloppy, lesser work by a great author, written when he was bitter at Germany and perhaps life itself for France's 1870 humiliation.

Otherwise, the novel
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Etienne Mahieux
Aussi bien Goodreads que la couverture de l'édition Folio actuelle déforment le titre du "Secret de Wilhelm Storitz", roman qui a subi bien des outrages puisqu'on l'a longtemps connu dans une version très réécrite due à Michel Verne, le fils de l'auteur. C'est l'un des derniers ouvrages de l'auteur, devenu avec le temps plus sceptique face au progrès technique, et répondant ici à un fameux livre de H.G. Wells. Je ne dis pas lequel, car vous l'avez déjà deviné, et il faut admettre que de connaîtr ...more
Tony
Jan 22, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
THE SECRET OF WILHELM STORITZ. (1910). Jules Verne. ***.
This novel was published after Verne’s death under the direction of his son, Michael, who took great liberties with with both the style and content of the book. A recently discovered copy of the original manuscript was discovered and newly translated – faithful to Verne’s wishes. It is, essentially, Verne’s ‘invisible man’ novel. The ‘invisible man’ theme has been used in scads of novels. It is always the bad guy who gets to be invisible, a
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Phillip
Feb 05, 2015 Phillip rated it liked it
One of Jules Verne’s last novels to be published, although the original manuscript had been severely edited by his son, including moving the setting back by two hundred years. This edition contains the translation of Verne’s original manuscript.

In many ways it is typical of Verne’s works, but in this case he steers away from his normal travelogue action-adventure, leaning more towards the psychological thriller. The front half of the novel seems somewhat slow paced, but the characters are sympat
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Tim
Apr 08, 2011 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
You're likely to get an odd look when someone asks what you're reading and you tell them it's the "new" Jules Verne novel. After all, Verne died 106 years ago and all of his work has been published. Yet therein is a tale itself.

The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz is a novel Verne hoped would be published before his death. It is, though, among roughly half a dozen novels and a short story collection published after he died. The problem is Verne's son rewrote many of them, recasting plots and adding cha
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Dennis
Sep 29, 2013 Dennis rated it really liked it
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Mary
May 08, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In “The Secret of Wilhelm Sotritz”, Verne is giving us a view of the scientific and spiritual aspects of being invisible.

On one hand he addresses the havoc that could ensue if one had the ability to become invisible; the concerns from personal family life to political security that would be breeched. On the other hand he gives us insight to some 19th century social concerns about spirituality.

Wilhelm is a bachelor, foreigner, and a stranger and as such is suspect from the beginning in the commu
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Anna
Mar 16, 2012 Anna rated it did not like it
I found it dull and poorly written. Surprising disappointment from Jules Verne!
Weak characters I didn't really care about, a very flat villain (you know he's a villain because he's German), the book starts out pretty much as a travel-log (with unnecessary amounts of travel-planning detail), middles out with a kinda weird bro-mance between the main character and his brother-in-law-to-be and boring, gushy conversation with his brother about his perfect fiancee (conversation in which these grown me
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Janith Pathirage
Dec 10, 2014 Janith Pathirage rated it it was amazing
This was a breath taking story for me and easily, my favorite Jules Verne novel. Even thought Verne's books are categorized under science fiction, they don't read like sify at all. He's nothing like Arthur C Clarke in terms of scientific knowledge, but when it comes to story telling ability, no sify author can simply beat Jueles Verne. I really enjoyed the set up of this story. This remote village seems to be so heavenly.
Alex Angulo
Jan 02, 2015 Alex Angulo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia, bien narrada, que me mantuvo atrapado y con un desenlace muy bonito.
Lo único es que siendo Wilhelm Storitz tan misterioso, podría haber sido un secreto un poco más elaborado. Me hice teorías mucho mejores en mi cabeza, más descabelladas también, pero mejores en mi perspectiva.
Aunque sin salir de ese punto, la historia me gustó y me enganchó rápido.
Sin duda una historia buena.
Steve Joyce
Oct 21, 2013 Steve Joyce rated it it was amazing
Verne handles the invisibility theme skillfully.

Storitz, for the most part, actually stays in the background of the narrative thus adding to his mysterious nature. There are no megalomaniacal speeches or plans of world domination.

The pace picks up considerably as the novel unwinds and the twists at the end work just great.

This edition is well annotated, provides quality commentary and, of course, features a faithful translation. It's tremendous that this story has finally seen the full light of
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Jim
Nov 17, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
This is one of Verne's last books and it's his version of The Invisible Man. A German, Storitz, is insanely jealous when a Frenchman is going to marry the Hungarian beauty that he is in love with. So, making himself invisible, he creates a Reign of Terror in the Hungarian city of his beloved. Of course, the town is in a panic as no one knows when and where he will strike. I kept wondering why no one in that town had a dog, as that was all that was needed to find the German villain.
Stephan
Oct 30, 2009 Stephan rated it it was ok
Für Jules Verne doch recht schwach. Im Grunde geht es in dem Buch nur darum, die Deutschen schlecht zu machen, das schöne Ungarn zu beschreiben und die Hochzeitsvorbereitungen zu umschreiben. Das eigentliche Thema kommt sehr kurz und ich hatte das Gefühl, keine wirkliche Science Fiction a la Jules Verne, aber auch keinen Abenteuerroman, möglicherweise eine empfindsame Romantik-Erzählung aber von allem keines so richtig zu lesen.
Monika Adamová
Asi nie najznámejšia kniha Julesa Verna...ale je to milé a ľahké čítanie. Mnohé situácie sú dosť ľahko predvídateľné...

Kniha je v mojej osobnej knižnici. Kúpila som ju vo výpredaji v mestskej knižnici, takže je to veľmi staré vydanie. Požičiam len človeku čo si váži knihy.
Juan Carlos Santillán
Un pretendiente rechazado trata de impedir una boda valiéndose de un invento de su padre. Pese a tratarse un tema científico, esta novela se centra más en el aspecto dramático, casi de suspenso melodramático, muy simpático, por lo demás.
Mariel Zani Begoña
1ST BOOK IN THE #BOUTOFBOOKS READATHON!
Achi
Aug 15, 2012 Achi rated it really liked it
mysticism and agony prevail in this book. the idea of being invisible presented graphically with a lot of tension in the plot.
Martin
Jul 23, 2013 Martin rated it liked it
truly not a book for children, felt a bit like POE, surprisingly nice find
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1864), "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1870), and "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1873).

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