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Cinq semaines en ballon (Extraordinary Voyages #1)

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1869. With illustrations. French writer and pioneer of science fiction, who is best known today for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days. Five Weeks in a Balloon is Verne's first novel. It is, in a measure, a satire on modern books of African travel. So far as the geography, the inhabitants, the animals, and the features of t ...more
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Published April 3rd 2002 by Hemma (first published 1863)
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Luís C.
With this first book Jules Verne actually takes up the legend. That is, first of all, the first of his works listed in the series of "extraordinary voyages".
In 1863, Africa is a mysterious continent, unknown. The age is the age of the great explorations and Jules Verne imagined a trip by three men - the inventor of a new type of balloon, Dr. Ferguson; his employee Joe and Dick Kennedy his friend.
They take off Zanzibar and live multiple and exciting adventures before reaching Senegal and return t
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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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Raul
May 27, 2017 Raul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Júlio Verne presenteia-nos com uma história ímpar de obstinação e coragem.

Uma obra onde impera a inteligência e a bondade entre todas as personagens. Todas elas diferentes, todas elas iguais. Humanas, leais, solidárias.

Uma amizade que importa acima da riqueza, do amor próprio e da própria vida.

Um mundo de homens que já não existem. Uma viagem marcante não só para as personagens que nos apaixonam a cada página, mas para nós, para todos aqueles que tiverem a coragem e o despudor de embarcar naque
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Five Weeks in a Balloon (Extraordinary Voyages, #1)=Cinq semaines en ballon, Jules Verne
عنوان: پنج هفته در بالن ؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛
Eliana Rivero
Reading Challenge 2016
17. Un libro mínimo 100 años más viejo que tú


Postergué muchísimo este libro porque odié Viaje al centro de la tierra. Sin embargo, Cinco semanas en globo es una novela increíble, llena de aventuras, dinamismo, acción, alegrías y muchos tropiezos en un viaje irrepetible. Nuestros tres protagonistas (Samuel Fergusson, Richard Kennedy y Joe Wilson, el querido Joe) son entrañables y muy bien construidos. Joe se roba el show y odié un poco a Dick por su profesión de cazador (vie
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Lucy Mason
Mar 20, 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.
André
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
Julie
Feb 10, 2014 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
Oct 30, 2015 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
Joel
Jun 13, 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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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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Emily
"Excelsior"

Me encanto! Necesitaba alejarme un poco de la literatura juvenil y este libro fue una lectura acertada. Aunque cuando empecé a leerlo no podía pasar de las 10 páginas por día, los primeros cápitulos abarcan la introducción a los personajes y la explicación de como funciona el globo. Se me hacía tan complejo leer toda la explicación del aeróstato que pensé en abandonar este libro, pero ¡menos mal que no!
Cuando la trama ya se enfoca en las aventuras del Doctor y sus compañeros se vuel
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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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Laura LVD
Sep 13, 2016 Laura LVD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fiction
Después de unos 30 años de no leer ninguna novela de Jules Verne (autor de varios favoritos de mi infancia), se me ocurrió empezar a leer toda la serie de los Viajes Extraordinarios en orden, proyecto que no pude terminar en la escuela primaria, donde tenían la colección completa en unos tomitos azules de tapa dura con olor a libro viejo, y que amaba.
Entonces, comencé con este que es el primero de todos, publicado en 1863. Tenía mucho miedo de que mi amor infantil por Verne se diluyera en la rel
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Isabel Maia
Nov 20, 2012 Isabel Maia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, translated
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
Katelyn
Jun 15, 2016 Katelyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, ok, so the book is racist but it's also just bad. So bad that after weeks of putting it aside and trying to muster up the strength to slog through to the end, I gave up, read about it online, and have no regrets.

Having never explored Jules Verne, I was inspired to read his work after adoring "All the Light We Cannot See", in which the sea-loving female protagonist reads "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Around the World in 80 Days". I bought a gorgeous collection of 4 of his novels and st
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Silvana
Dec 07, 2007 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
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
Wreade1872
A fairly solid entry in the Verne catalogue. He does manage to make a balloon trip more interesting than i expected.
There's also a lot of information concerning the history of african exploration which was informative as always with verne.
I don't have enough science knowledge to support or pick apart vernes version of a balloon but its not your standard hot air type used today.
Our three main characters all well drawn and there's some humour to be had in their personalities. The first half seemed
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Ahmad Kordi
Dec 23, 2016 Ahmad Kordi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فك كنم زماني كه دارم ميميرم اگه بخوام كودكي رو با يه كلمه يا اسم به ياد بيارم اون ژول ورن !اون موقع كه نميدونستم سبك يعني چي فلسفه يعني چي شك يعني چي ترديد يعني چي و كتاب خريدن واسه من چيز مرسومي نبود بعد از مدرسه كتابخونه رفتن و كتاباي كهنه ژول ورن وگرفتن و چندين وچندبار خوندنشون يه لذتي برام داشت كه بعدها خيلي كم تكرار شد...
خيلي اتفاقي چند وقت پيشا يكي ازكتاباشو تو كتابفروشي باز كردمو چند صفحه ازش خوندم باورم نميشد اين نوشته ها يه زماني با ارزش ترين وقشنگ ترين متن هاي جهان بودن واسم چقدر تغيير
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Alexis Webb
Sep 27, 2014 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.
M.
Apr 30, 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.
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.
Msallem Aya
Feb 09, 2017 Msallem Aya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
c’est peut être parce que j’étais obligé de le lire ou parce que je n’avais aucune envie de le lire, mais je n’ai pas aimé ce livre. ma prof de français nous a demandé de le faire juste au moment ou je veux lire tellement de livres que je ne sais meme plus le quel en choisir ( meme si c’est souvent le cas )
j’ai beaucoup entendu parler de Jules Verne mais j’étais déçu après cette première lecture pour lui. je n’ai pas trop apprécié sa façon d’écrire et l’histoire en general n’avait rien d’excitan
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Czarny Pies
Aug 29, 2015 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 15, 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
Ian
Jun 27, 2016 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I know of Jules Verne’s stories, the major ones anyway, but I’ve never read any of his books. So I thought I’d start with one I knew very little about. And Wow! It was so good! This is a classic example of why he is one of the world’s greatest authors. At no time did I feel like I wasn’t right there with the three adventurers, exploring the wild lands of Africa. The characters felt so real and alive. A great Victorian adventure that I didn’t want to end!
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.
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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.” 21 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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