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The Castle of the Carpathians (Extraordinary Voyages #37)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,550 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The descriptions of the quaint villagers of Werst, their costumes, manner of living, and belief in the supernatural world would in themselves prove an interesting narrative, but when coupled with the exciting adventures of Nic Deck, the two Counts, the cowardly Doctor, and the beautiful La Stilla, the story is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting ever offered.

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Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1889)
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Nov 07, 2014 Stacia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want a non-supernatural supernatural tale...
Among bibliophiles, I think there are fans of the orderly, rational, logical world & there are more loosey-goosey types who are fans of the unexplained or hard to believe. I got a real taste of that last year with Verne's An Antarctic Mystery (orderly, rational, logical) vs. Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (loosey-goosey at best, lol).

So, in The Castle in Transylvania, we are heading into 'supernatural' territory with Jules Verne. Except, being the orderly, rational, lo
When reviewing a classic it is important to judge it in the context of the time that it was written. If we’re going to judge a classic, we need to be able to step away from our preconceptions of what good literature is and evaluate each work on its own merits. It isn’t fair to judge a work of art by contemporary expectations. We should consider the society and the times in which a particular work was written. What did the author set out to accomplish? What is the effect of the novel on the read
Sep 28, 2007 John rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian sf fans, Victorian horror fans
This book is an interesting mix of themes related to both Dracula and Phantom of the Opera, with a bit of early sf thrown in. On the border of Transylvania (where else?) a shepherd sees smoke rising from the long-deserted castle of Baron Rodolphe (sic). He and the local doctor (a cowardly skeptic) investigate and are driven off by apparently supernatural forces. A curious traveler, Baron Franz von Telek, also investigates and sees what appears to be a beautiful opera singer he had almost married ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Jules Verne's fans
Recommended to Laura by: msleighm
The original French text is available at eBooks@Adelaide.

The English version which was kindly found by Wanda can be found at OpenLibrary

The Carpathian Castle (French: Le Château des Carpathes) is a novel by Jules Verne first published in 1893. It is possible that Bram Stoker took inspiration from this for his 1897 novel Dracula.

Opening lines:
Cette histoire n’est pas fantastique, elle n’est que romanesque. Faut-il en conclure qu’elle ne soit pas vraie, étant donné son invraisemblance? Ce serait u
MB Taylor
Just finished reading The Castle in Transylvania (1892) by Jules Verne. Apparently designed to capitalize on the current vampire and zombie craze, this brand new translation of Verne’s Le Château des Carpathes, is touted on the front as “The original zombie story” and the back cover proclaims: “Before there was Dracula, there was The Castle in Transylvania. … this is the first book to set a gothic horror story, featuring people who may or may not be dead, in Transylvania.


The blurb on th
In a small Romanian town in the late 19th century, the castle of a long-absent, last-of-his-line Baron is seen with smoke coming out of its chimney. The largely uneducated and superstitious townsfolk have no reason to think it's not abandoned, and every reason to think it's haunted (because they're backwards countryfolk). When they send two of their braver members to scope out the castle, they return spooked and partially paralyzed. Two travelers then come to town and laugh at the townsfolk unti ...more
Shortly after reading this book, I attended a writer's workshop where someone tried to tell a mixture of a detective and love story set in the 1700s South America, trying to capture scenic detail of the time while also telling the story.

I recommended them to read this book, and it should become clear soon after one begins. The first half of the book is its own story, crafting a clear picture of this village near the Carpathian Mountains, their dress, their culture, and their scenic surroundings.

When 35-year-old Jules Verne managed to sell what would become his first published novel, "Five Weeks in a Balloon," to the already long-established literary publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel, in 1863, little could the two Frenchmen know that this was just the beginning of a decades-long association. Hetzel was already a well-known Parisian figure, having previously released works by such luminaries as Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Honore de Balzac. Verne, the future "Father of Science Fiction," was a
C'est la première fois que je me lance dans du Jules Verne, et c'est à peu près comme je me l'étais imaginé. Le récit est vivant, avec des rebondissement, du suspens bien maîtrisé (je l'ai attendu l'explication de la présence de la Stilla !), et beaucoup de descriptions, trop à mon goût même. La montée au château du forestier, et la recherche du donjon par Franz m'ont semblé bien longues, même si Verne place de temps en temps un peu d'action, pour couper sa description.

L'histoire est intéressant
One of Verne's shorter novels, and one that may appeal mostly to Verne fans rather than casual readers or to those who know Verne only through Around the World in 80 Days or one of his other famous novels. But Castle in Transylvania displays elements from the gothic and the romantic, plus some geographical information that was mandatory for Verne's contract with publisher Hertzel for the Voyages Extraordinaires series. It also incorporates some scientific information, which may seem oddly justap ...more
C.C. Thomas
Jules Verne was such a visionary. At times, it's a little creepy. While most certainly known as the Father of Science Fiction, so much of what he wrote about would later become just another fact of our crazy world--submarines, travel by balloon, travel to the moon, etc. And here is just one more example: Verne started the vampire craze?!?

Before there was even a Dracula on the market (published in 1897), Verne had published The Castle of the Carpathians in 1893 (Carpathians don't sound nearly so
Jules Verne first starts for us to picture an unknown cessation of grazing areas of forest and castles. A count of cruelty lives in the Haunted Castle. He goes to the theater and that is probably where his life is all attention. He speaks primarily with his henchmen a craftsman who makes his work calls. The cruel count retaliates against his male competitors, and then with underground exit from the mess he created. He takes with him a photo box with the famous singer, either, she was infatuated ...more
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Jules Verne's Carpathian Castle
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 18, 2013

This is the 3rd Verne bk I've read in a row now. It actually increased my admiration for him b/c it's so different from anything else that I've read. This is his "Gothic" novel & it does fit the bill. 40 yrs or so ago I went thru a phase of exploring Gothic novels - esp when I learned that the Surrealists liked them. I'd already read Bram Stoker's Dracula when I was around 12. Of course I read Mary Shell
How did I never hear of this book until recently?? It deserves a place right up on my Gothic Bookshelf with Dracula, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Phantom of the Opera, Picture of Dorian Grey, etc.
I cannot bring myself to accept that Gaston Leroux wasn't directly inspired by this book when he wrote Phantom. The similarities are far too much for coincidence.
It's not the best-structured book in the world (you don't even meet the protagonist until halfway through the thing), and the beginning c
I single out Charlotte Mandell, the translator of the edition I read (ISBN13: 9781935554080, published by Melville House in 2010 and called THE CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANIA) for capturing the tone of popular fiction circa 1900. While I don't know French and haven't read any other English-language versions of this novel, I can't imagine a more perfect approximation of Verne's original.
This book ought to be read with a real sense of the limitations Verne was working under. This is extremely late in his
If you like Victorian era gothic and Jules Verne, you'll like this. I loved it - couldn't put it down and ended it with a smile on my face.

If you go in looking for a Dracula story, you will be disappointed. This story must be appreciated on its own merits.
Nice story with pretty accurate info about habits and places... and here it is an article (in romanian language) about the possible circumstance which might have led to this story:
Puedo decir que mantiene bastante el suspenso acerca del misterio central del libro: un pastor divisa a lo lejos que de un castillo, que se rumorea está embrujado,sale humo. Y desde ése momento hay una serie de conjeturas a lo largo de la lectura.
Se desarrolla de trama en Transilvania, tierra en la que lo habitantes tienen muchas creencias en lo sobrenatural.
Una está mas acostumbrada a leer a Verne en otros titulos que son más de aventura, pero tambien hay en éste libro personajes aventureros...
Casey Harvey
Jules Verne’s The Castle in Transylvania describes a mysterious castle in the Carpathians and the villagers that live in both fear and awe of it and its tenants. For years, the castle is dormant and empty, while the last Baron Gortz travels across Europe, until a shepard spies smoke coming from one of the turrets. Panic ensues amongst the villagers, highly susceptible to superstitions, until a visiting count enters the scene and takes on the task of investigating the castle.

Overall, I was disap
Amy Sturgis
I found the new 2010 edition of Jules Verne's The Castle in Transylvania (originally published as The Castle in the Carpathians in 1893) to be exactly what I was looking for when I sought out ideal Halloween reading. I'll let the cover speak for itself: "In its first new translation in over 100 years, this is the first book to set a gothic horror story, featuring people who may or may not be dead, in Transylvania."

As you'd expect from Verne, the descriptions are lush and detailed and well resear
I was recommended this book by a friend who was doing a dissertation that compared Dracula to The Castle in Transylvania. He also had reason to believe that this book was the inspiration for Gaston Leroux publishing 22 years later, The Phantom of the Opera. Seeing that I have read both books, I can honestly attest that this book has many similarities to the famous book and that my friend was not far off.

I do admit that the book is somewhat boring at the beginning, but fear not. Once you get past
This might not be Verne at his very best, but it's still a fun little book. A few months ago I read John Wyndham's Plan for Chaos, his last 'pulp' book before he found his style writing first person science fiction from the point of view of dry English chaps. In Plan for Chaos he tells the story from the perspective of a Dutch-American and it reads like a slightly dodgy B-movie noir for the first few pages until the later Wyndham style starts to shine through. A similar affliction strikes this b ...more
This book is a mixed bag for me. It's the first Verne I've ever read, and it's one that time has not treated very well.

There are some excellent things about the book, and I did enjoy reading it. If you don't know the story, then there is some solid suspense, which is laid out skillfully by Verne. There is a rather "Poe" feel to some of the descriptions and situations that is very effective.

The story itself is a strong one, too. It hooks you in with a mysterious castle in the Transylvanian countr
Alors voila, s'en est fini du "Château des Carpathes", et je dois avouer que mon avis reste assez mitigé. En effet, ne sachant pas trop à quoi m'attendre, je me suis lancé en gardant quelque part dans ma tête le fantôme de Dracula ( comment ne pas y penser alors qu'il est question de la Transylvanie, de créatures et d'expédition? ), ce qui, au final, n'a pas joué en faveur de ce roman.
Je ne vais pas faire un résumé de cet ouvrage, mais je vais énoncer quelques-unes de mes impressions.
Jules Ver
Rex Libris
Interestingly enough this is story set in Transylvania/Romania that is not a vampire story. The eponymous castle is believed to be haunted by the townfolk, but in fact is inhabited by the insane former Count who grew up there, who pines away over a love he could never have. Meanwhile the man who won the love of the woman in question comes to the castle for revenge of her death. A nasty battle ensues and the castle blows up.

On an an editorial note, this small volume contains probably the most pic
Jazmín Apodaca
Sr. Verne, si este es el libro con más romance y menos descripción, creo que terminaremos nuestra relación.
No es que no aprecie las representaciones que logra formar(admiro su narrativa), sino que soy una lectora que necesita entender el 110% de lo que lee y algunas veces me daba un poco de molestia buscar una palabra y fuera un sinónimo de la palabra pasada, pero lo entiendo, no todos sabemos apreciar sus libros.
Igual lo respeto y amo. Y tal vez, algún día, pueda leer más de sus obras.
Les habitants d'un minuscule village de Transylvanie sont terrifiés par des manifestations surnaturelles émanant d'un château-fort abandonné perché sur une épingle rocheuse des Carpathes.

Chez Jules Verne, il y avait non seulement une imagination fantastique si empreinte de l'optimisme du dix-neuvième mais aussi une langue précise et riche déployée courageusement sous la narration pour donner solidement appui au futur même.
A beautiful and famous opera soprano, her fanatical Baron admirer, her lovestruck Count fiancé, a mad scientist inventor and a collection of simple village folk in Transylvania are all brought together by Jules Verne to spin a tale of the haunted Carpathian castle. The inclusion of unexpected episodes of the macabre in this work is credibly presented. Yes, there are important elements of science fiction in the story but those are only revealed at the end. Before then the reader becomes practical ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
The book starts out with a rather larky feel. We get to know the colorful characters of a small village, and we get to know their superstitions. Then Verne shifts gears, and we follow a desperate young man on a hopeless quest.
If I had to seriously critique this volume for anything, it would be an overzealous publisher/editor for putting misleading blurbs on the cover. "Before there was Dracula . . ." Other than the presence of a castle in Transylvania, there really is nothing here to indicate t
I love Jules Verne. With the setting of the Castle of the Carpathians, you would expect it to deal with vampires. The beliefs of the locals do play into the story but as Verne does, the end result is science.
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