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Vijf weken in een luchtballon (Extraordinary Voyages #1)

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Dit is de eerste grote roman van Jules Verne en hiermee werd de auteur op slag beroemd. En terecht, want het fantastische verslag van de gevaarlijke reis door de lucht over het onbekende Afrika heeft alle elementen in zich die in Verne's andere beroemde avonturen voorkomen. Dankzij een wonderwerk van techniek, een bestuurbare luchtballon kunnen drie dappere mannen naar de ...more
Hardcover, Druk 12, 272 pages
Published 1980 by Elsevier (first published 1863)
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Luís Blue Yorkie
Jules Verne already accustomed us to travel for many places! It hadn't so far any author who exploited so much our planet like him. Around the world, by air or by land, the depths of the sea, or at the bottom of the Earth and all that with only aces of the imagination. And among all those trips, one was marked extremely well detailed: a trip to the African Continent, performed aboard a balloon!

Five weeks in balloon tells the story of Dr. Fergusson who intends to cross the African Continent by an
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Ian
Jan 18, 2012 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Verne's first full-length novel, while setting the formula for many of his later books, is definitely not one of his best: the science is sketchy and the plot is basically a series of small misadventures in a row that the three main characters escape with usually not too much difficulty and a just modicum of ingenuity.

The book would still be enjoyable enough, however, if not for the blatant racism that permeates all the pages where they meet another human being: every single black person in Afr
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Julie
Mar 31, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
3,5/5

N'ayant étudié que des extraits des romans de Jules Verne pendant ma scolarité et les ayant généralement appréciés, il me tardait de me plonger dans un roman entier. J'ai donc choisi pour commencer le premier ouvrage de la série des Voyages Extraordinaires.

J'ai apprécié suivre notre trio, l'ingénieux Dr. Fergusson, le chasseur Kennedy et le brave Joe au grand coeur, à travers leurs aventures africaines. Les descriptions des techniques aéronautiques sont certes nombreuses mais je pense que
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Joaquin Castañ
Apr 30, 2016 Joaquin Castañ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En él se ve la amplia documentación en que se basa para escribirla y ya se empieza a ver la gran imaginación del escritor para describir los sitios por donde pasan y que todavía no se habían descubierto en el momento en que lo escribe.

"Cinco semanas en globo" de Julio Verne
Ahmad Sharabiani
Five Weeks in a Balloon (Extraordinary Voyages, #1)=Cinq semaines en ballon, Jules Verne
عنوان: پنج هفته در بالن ؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛
Joel
Jun 18, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De verdad que he disfrutado de Cinco semanas en globo

El primer libro publicado de Julio Verne y sin duda un preview de todas las aventuras que escribiría después. Un libro muy fácil de leer, lleno de aventuras y con unos protagonistas que se ganarán un pequeño lugar en nuestra memoria.

Si bien no lo he disfrutado tanto como Around the World in Eighty Days la verdad es que sí es un gran libro para pasar el rato y una buena recomendación para adentrarse en la lectura clásica.

Sin duda buscaré otro
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André Shart
Definitivamente duas estrelas e meia, que só arredondo para três pela segunda metade da história. Confesso que foi um livro que em parte me custou a ler, não só pelas exaustivas e repetitivas descrições dos lugares por onde passam os viajantes, que o tornam monótono e entediante, mas também pela falta de sentido de progressão que me impediu de manter agarrado à história. Em boa verdade, passei a maior parte do livro à espera de um acontecimento súbito que me motivasse a acabá-lo e é com alguma t ...more
Ints
Doktors Samuels Fērgusons kopā ar draugu Ričardu Kenediju un kalpu Džo dodas ceļojumā pa Āfriku, izmantojot ar ūdeņradi piepildītu gaisa balonu. Pateicoties Fērgusona izgudrotajam mehānismam nav jāizlaiž no balona ūdeņradis un jāizmet balasts, tāpēc ar balonu var ceļot ļoti tālu un ilgi. Aprakstīti dažādi aizraujoši piedzīvojumi austrumu un centrālajā Āfrikā, Sahārā, Viktorijas un Čadas ezerā.

Mūsdienās šo stāstu klasificē kā bērnu literatūru, jo laika gaitā jau nedaudz zināšanu apjoms nobīdās, t
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Benjamin Stahl
I enjoyed this story so much more than I thought I would. Having read 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea a while back, I was already familiar with the writing of Jules Verne. And while that book was very good, there were also some flaws ... such as the writer's tendency to bog the narrative down with long-winded, heavily technical descriptions regarding the scientific processes and theories related to his story.
These parts I felt slowed the pace too much. But they were always compensated for, with so
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Greg F
Jan 23, 2012 Greg F rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While idly wandering through a book store for something to read recently, one book in particular caught my attention - A collection of Jules Verne books, featuring his first novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon. Verne being one of my favorite authors, I had no hesitation in purchasing the hefty book, and soon began to plow through it. The book involves three men (which seems to be a constant in Verne’s fictional universes) and their adventures travelling over the continent of Africa in a hot air ballo ...more
Isabel Maia
Conhecido por ser um explorador verdadeiramente aventureiro, Samuel Fergusson propõe-se a continuar os avanços de outros exploradores europeus pelo continente africano. No entanto, não pretendia seguir os exemplos desses mesmos exploradores, cujas viagens não tiveram o melhor dos fins, seja por causa de factores naturais ou por causa da acção de tribos de selvagens. Fergusson desenvolveu, então, um aeróstato alimentado a hidrogénio produzido através da separação química da água. A 20 de Abril, o ...more
Silvana
Jun 23, 2015 Silvana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: classics, sci-fi
A late review, because actually I've started reading this book after I've finished reading "Around the World in 80 Days" (two in one). Similar plot, one guy tries to prove that he's capable of doing something that others can only imagine (and cannot). That is why the more I read Verne's books, the more I feel that he's trying to stress human spirit and optimism. If you have the capability, funding and strength to achieve your dreams, go for it and who cares about what others may think. That's th ...more
Lucy Mason
Apr 08, 2015 Lucy Mason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, kindle, 2015
If you like trigger-happy wild game hunters and hardcore Victorian racism, this could be the one for you.
Julio Thames
Feb 08, 2012 Julio Thames rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julio Verne no defrauda!, el libro es claro y entretenido. La historia realmente atrapa al lector.
Czarny Pies
Jun 16, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents wishing to educate their children about racism.
Recommended to Czarny by: Barbara Eden and Red Buttons
Shelves: french-lit
Five Weeks in A Balloon is the first novel written by Jules Verne and unquestionably one of his best. Unfortunately it is indeed as its reputation holds highly racist which creates problems about how it should be approached.

Sir Samuel Ferguson the hero of Five Weeks in a Balloon is a member of the Royal Geographic Society who in the the 1850s decides to explore Africa by crossing it from East to West in a balloon accompanied by two endearing sidekicks. Where it works, the descriptions of the ca
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Miro
Jan 17, 2015 Miro rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-and-growing
Pametni Englez, njegov odani sluga i snažni Škot u avanturi života. Zanimljiva je ovo knjiga sa sredine 19. stoljeća koja svjedoči na (upitno) relativno benigni način odnos Europe prema Africi dok je još bila srce tame. Na tom istraživačkom pohodu kroz mnoge afričke predjele, dok se ne bavi objašnjavanjem funkcioniranja i manevriranja balona, narator daje (navodno)(tada znane) iscrpne podatke glede geografije, ekosustava i društva. Nema pretjeranih iznenađenja kod samog tijeka radnje; radi se o ...more
Christian
No me considero un Verniano, aunque si leí unos cuántos libros de Verne hace algunos años. Este año, me decidí en leer todos sus libros en orden de publicación y, como tiene que ser, comencé por este.

Teniendo en mente los otros que había leído, he de decir que queda bastante claro que es su primer libro. Si bien es un buen libro, no sobresale por encima de la media como si lo hacen otras obras suyas. Tiene un comienzo muy lento y prolongado, casi el primer tercio del libro, lo que me hizo sopesa
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Rogvid
Feb 25, 2014 Rogvid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adventures of Samuel Ferguson and his trusty servant Joe are thrilling. Jules Vernes' attitude towards tribes in Africa, calling negroes for savages, would now a days be seen as very racist, but this just makes the book even more likable because it shows how the general perception of races was different. My favorite character of the book has to be Joe, which through the whole book shows immense loyalty, companionship and does everything in his power to make sure they succeed in their attempt ...more
Alexis Webb
Apr 20, 2015 Alexis Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
Sure, it had it's problems. The plot was a bit formulaic, and the characters
weren't all that deep and fleshed out.
But it was fun, and entertaining.
Don't be put of by comments of racist language, although that is certainly
scattered throughout the book. But this book was also published in 1862, and
so is a product of it's times, and you have to take that into account when reading
it.
Rubi
Me encanta la imaginación de Jules Verne para desarrollar historias. De este libro ¿qué destacar?: Cómo trata la amistad; en algunos casos ha conseguido emocionarme :). Muy bien escrito, un vocabulario muy rico, una historia trepidante y unos personajes de los que te cuesta despedirte al finalizar el libro. Por eso mi nota para este libro es un 9.
M.
May 17, 2015 M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soy FAN de Jules Verne.
Este libro me gusto más que el primero que leí, tiene muchísimo más aventuras que contar y los personajes me gustaron.

Las aventuras que pasan son increíbles. Es aun más rápido de leer y te dejan con las ganas de tomar el siguiente libro. que por cierto ya estoy en eso.
Laurel Hicks
I'm practicing my French with the help of this Jules Verne novel and a French-to-English dictionary. Both are on my Kindle, and they are connected to each other to make it easy to learn new vocabulary. I began reading on Dec. 20, 2009.
Jordan Vicencio
Oct 27, 2015 Jordan Vicencio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haciendo memoria, no recuerdo muy bien cuando fue la primera vez que escuche al buen Julio Verne. Probablemente fue primero con alguna de sus obras que debía leer mi hermano mayor, viaje al centro de la tierra quizás, cuando los profesores casi empedernidos se esforzaban por hacerte odiar la literatura con sus añejos métodos de enseñanza que hasta ahora se siguen aplicando. Pero también recuerdo pequeños extractos de una de tantas adaptaciones, protagonizada por Brendan Fraser. Y no podía pasar ...more
Cherryonion
Jan 21, 2015 Cherryonion rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is the first Jules Verne novel in my "Seven Novels" collection and the first of his novels I've ever read. It took me a little time to get into it at first, probably because the font in my edition is quite small (I kept losing my place) and it took some time to get used to the style of writing, but I was also a little bored when he started doing the calculations for the balloon. However, I soon started to get into it and by the time they were in the balloon and flying across Africa, I was h ...more
Matt
Dec 31, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging old-world perspective of Africa

For Jules Verne's first novel, this is remarkably well-developed. I enjoyed it more than 20,000 Leagues and about as much as the Mysterious Island (a boyhood favorite).

I understand that this is a satire of the African explores and their constant oneupmanship. I've read some of those journals and appreciated Verne's idea of sailing his men far over Livingstone, Burton, and Speke' expeditions in a balloon.

The protagonists' attitudes and references to th
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Tyler Jones
I try not to judge books written in the moral climate of 150 years ago by the standards of today, so I will not comment on the racial attitude this novel takes towards the natives of Africa other than to say that by treating them all as dim witted savages, Verne denied himself a great many interesting possible plot developments that could have played out on solid land. Instead, the intrepid travellers dare not set foot on the soil of Africa for more than a few seconds without being attacked by b ...more
Realini
Five Weeks in A Balloon by Jules Verne

Awe, inspiration, joy, amusement, hope, interest, pride, gratitude, serenity and most of all love... These are the elements, feelings or incentives to feel these emotions that we should look for in the stories we read, in order to obtain Positivity. For the ten mentioned components help one become positive.
Jules Verne has imagined all kinds of trips, machines and technology. From submarines, to machines that fly, float, and submerge do anything. We are taken
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Marty
Jan 24, 2014 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
2.5/3
I was quite disappointed that I did not enjoy this book as much as Around the World in 80 Days. That being said, here are some points that I made whilst reading.

- The words 'the latter' were quite overused, in my opinion.
- There was a lot of words used for the mechanics of the balloon, in fact, I would say it was almost half the book. The fact that I was not interested in this aspect too much made the book a bit iffy on those parts.
- There were also a lot of names of previous travellers wh
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Darin
Jul 21, 2015 Darin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If one wants a good adventure story from Verne, look to Around the World in Eighty Days, not Five Weeks in a Balloon. The usual Verne script plays out here with a small contingent of well-to-do Frenchman and a mindlessly devoted servant. Together, they are driven by hubris to cross Africa by means of balloon. As with almost all Verne stories, the protagonists face numerous, outrageous problems and somehow always find a way out as things magically work out for them. A touch more masculinity in th ...more
Oliver
May 13, 2016 Oliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zum niederknien charmanter Abenteuerroman über zwei Gelehrte und ihren Diener, die mit einem Ballon das noch unerforschte Afrika des Jahres 1863 auskundschaften und ein Abenteuer nach dem anderen erleben. Für solche Romane wurden Attribute wie 'farbenprächtig' oder schlicht 'prächtig' in Abenteuer erfunden. Altbacken, altväterlich? Naiv, simpel? In Forschung, der Darstellung gegenüber den Eingeborenen und dem bedenkenlosen Abknallen von Tieren veraltet? Sicherlich. Ein Roman muss sich aber nicht ...more
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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).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of spa
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“As for difficulties," replied Ferguson, in a serious tone, "they were made to be overcome.” 22 likes
“Besides," said Kennedy, "the time when industry gets a grip of everything and uses it to its own advantage may not be particularly amusing. If men go on inventing machinery they'll end up by being swallowed by their own machines. I've always thought that the last day will be brought about by some colossal boiler heated to three thousand atmospheres blowing up the world."
"And I bet the Yankees will have had a hand in it," said Joe.”
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