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The Lighthouse at the End of the World (Extraordinary Voyages #55)

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In The Lighthouse at the End of the World, Jules Verne is seen at his simplest and best. No antecedent improbability here has to be made good. The remoteness of the scene where the drama is laid supplies an element of dread of which advantage is skillfully taken, and the shortness of the period over which the story is extended adds excitement to the race against time which ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1905)
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Tony
Jan 15, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
LIGHTHOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD. (1905). Jules Verne. ***.
This was a new translation from Verne’s manuscript by William Butcher, published by the University of Nebraska Press. It is not science fiction, but a novel of exploration. The translator calls it a “Robinsonade,” a novel in the castaway genre. The plot is relatively simple. “In 1859, an Argentine sloop, “Santa Fe,” leaves Vasquez, Felipe, and Moriz on deserted, near Polar Staten Island. They are to tend the new lighthouse at Elgor Bay
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Jose lana
Jul 05, 2016 Jose lana rated it really liked it
Shelves: jules-verne
Perhaps the best novel of adventures i have read by Jules Verne, is over the fight for survival against pirates of the only living person of the three in charge of the lighthose, in a remote island in the argentinian Patagonia
Meli
Jul 01, 2014 Meli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una aventura con todas las de la ley. Fue muy entretenido.
Verne era demasiado minucioso con las descripciones detalladas, sobre todo las geográficas y, si bien eso habla bien de su instrucción, en una historia tan corta le juega en contra, no llegó a aburrirme pero sí se tornaba denso y reiterativo cada vez que describía la región.
Jim
Dec 27, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, adventure
I read this book because I was recently (November 2011) in Tierra Del Fuego, about 200 miles west from where the action of The Lighthouse at the End of the World was set. It is one of Jules Verne's last novels and currently exists in two versions, one of which was heavily edited by Jules's son after his death. I chose to go with the author's own version.

The setting is Isla de los Estados (a.k.a. Staten Island, not to be confused with the one in New York Harbor). The Argentinian navy has set up a
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the gift
now have read several Jules Verne, now more able to place him in popular writing of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, recognize his particular genius. this is something of a very male book, an implicit, undisputed, action adventure, unburdened by, among other aspects, women characters, social structures, poetic language and/or metaphors, with not complex or nuanced protagonists obviously facing truly evil villains. there is an almost naive superstructure: a belief in, for lack of a b ...more
Thom
Aug 15, 2015 Thom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Jules Verne wrote this story shortly before he died, but never had a chance to edit it and polish it. The introduction details his writing process and a history of this particular manuscript, which was revised and published by his son a few years later.

This book has the original manuscript, with a few alterations noted in pencil in the original work. While not revised by the author, it does have the kernel of a good story and good protagonists. I liked it more for it's potential than anything el
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 Olivermagnus
Written in 1905, Lighthouse at the End of the World is a novel of both survival and revenge. In the 1850s the Argentine navy built a lighthouse at Isla de los Estados, located on the southern tip of South America, near the Magellan Strait that connects the Atlantic and the Pacific. Three lighthouse keepers are left on the island to protect the world's ships in the dangerous and stormy seas surrounding the island. Unknown to them, a gang of pirates is also stranded on the island, lead by an evil ...more
Yaprak
Jul 29, 2016 Yaprak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Son sayfalarında bile kendimi zorla okuyormuş gibi hissettiğim bir kitap oldu…

Dünyanın Ucundaki Fener, Güney Amerika’nın en Güney'inde yer alan adalardan birine o bölgedeki deniz güvenliğini sağlamak adına inşaa edilen feneri konu alıyor. Fenerin inşaasından sonra görevini başarıyla yerine getiren Arjantin bayraklı askeri gemi üç bekçiyi, üç ay sürecek nöbetleri için bu ıssız adada tek başlarına bırakıyor ama ada sandıkları kadar ıssız değil.

Kitap hiç Jules Verne kitabı havasında değildi; ne oku
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Can Kartoglu
Şu ana kadar okuduğum Verne kitapları içinde çağın bilimsel ilerlemelerine ve coğrafi keşiflerine en az atıfta bulunan kitaptı. Hoşlandığım pek söylenemez.
Hansel5
Picked this one up because I had just finished a book and was returning it
at the library. It was there, a new edition, had never read Verne.

Disappointed with his style; I found it very juvenile (junior?). Which makes me wonder if
all of his work is in the same vein. Which makes very intrigued about Verne's appeal and popularity,
not only in the latter part of the 19th-century, and well into the 20th. After reading this
Verne book I don't think I would be up for reading anything else by him.

Oddly,
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Julia
Aug 17, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verne's talent to bring adventure to the most monotonous enviroments really shines through in this one. Being an argentinian, I imagined the work of a lighthouse keeper in the farthest reaches of Patagonia would be mind-boggingly boring, but he manages to highlight the importance of the role in his times without rubbing it in your face.

Even tough most of the characters are pretty much the "basic Verne pack" - experienced, honoured sailors and mean old knaves - they do have some specific traits t
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Phillip
Jan 08, 2012 Phillip rated it liked it
This novel was the last manuscript submitted by Jules Verne to his publisher, although there were several other tales that were published posthumously. This novel has the distinction among those of his latter publications of having the least amount of revisions by Verne's son Michel.

The particular edition I read was a translation of the manuscript Verne submitted to the publisher prior to Michel's revision. The translator, William Butcher, provides substantial notes regarding the differences bet
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Boots
this was the last book Verne posted to his publisher before he died. ultimately it was heavily edited/revised by his son Michel, who finished the last of his posthumous works, but this is Verne's original.

the editor tries to make a case for its greatness, but i found it only mildly interesting; there's no great sweep of themes, no lyricism in the word choices--it's a serviceable adventure story which found its first American publication in a boys' story paper at the turn of the century (and that
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António Conceição
Ao contrário de Stenvenson, por exemplo, Júlio Verne não faz a mais pequena ideia de como é que se conta uma história.
Personagens mal atamancados e sem densidade, com a personalidade criada e alterada ao sabor das necessidades da narrativa; soluções de continuidade artificiais e sem credibilidade; incapacidade absoluta de fazer accionar os mecanismos básicos do princípio da suspensão da descrença...
Em suma: uma obra miserável.
Michelle
Lighthouse At The End Of The World
Jules Verne
Thriller
145 pages
copyright: 1999
isbn: 978-0-8032-4676-8

At the extreme tip of South America, Staten Island has piercing Antarctic winds, lonely coasts assaulted by breakers, and sailors lost as their vessels smash on the dark rocks. Now that civilization dares to rule here, a lighthouse penetrates the last and wildest place of all. But Vasquez, the guardian of the sacred light, has not reckoned with the vicious, desperate Kongre gang, who murder his tw
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Santanu Dutta
Oct 24, 2015 Santanu Dutta rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This story is not very well known to the English speaking world. This book was first published in English language in 1905, after the authors death.
The book is plotted around three,months in newly built lighthouse in the remote location of Staten Island. The Lighthouse was,put in operation in the remote part and deserted island at the far south at,yhe end of the,world to protect worlds ships.
But a gang of pirates already refuged secretly in,the island had other ideas.
Although started a bit,to
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Daniel
Feb 17, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a narrative perspective this is a typical Verne. He had a fable to describe nature and situations in such rigor that you easily could get tired of it. However, in contrast to the usual (science) fiction this is a non-fictional setting. And after getting over the first descriptive escapades of the book the story gets intense and climaxes in a satisfying finale.
Angelica
Dec 17, 2015 Angelica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
este libro fue interesante sin embargo hubieron pedazos de la historia en la cual no pude conectare me pareció que se desarrollo rápido lo cual aprecio. Me gusta Julio Verne, aunque esta no es una de sus mejores historias desde mi punto de vista.
Anna
Nov 07, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Jules Verne and I love nautical fiction, so when I realized I had not read this book I jumped at the opportunity. The first few chapters seemed interesting, but the plot was uneventful for the most part. On the bright side, it is a short read.
Julia
Nov 03, 2014 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Thema eher okay, aber als Hörbuch hat es mir ganz gut gefallen.
Jose Luis Meza Garcia
While this is not the most know novel of Verne, it indeed has his signature all over it. I've read most of Verne's stories, but from one reason or another I never read this one. I got my mind a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. It instantly put me on a far away land, a land of adventures, a land of Verne. I wonder how much money this would make if it was written today, one can only think that some writers are born way ahead of their time, and with Verne that is true.

If you like Verne
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Daniel
Oct 15, 2009 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was better than Magellania and I'm glad that I read them at the same time. Both contain a story set around the same area, at the tip of South America, which was interesting to compare the two stories to one another in their descriptions. I felt the story in this novel 'picked up' more quickly than Magellania and was able to keep my attention through out the telling of the story of the lighthouse. I might recommend other Verne novels before this one but if you've been meaning to re ...more
Nicolás Muñoz
Inesperadamente bueno :)
José
Feb 15, 2012 José rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No mucho más que una Aventura algo entretenida, cuenta la historia de una terna de fareros a cargo del recientemente terminado faro del fin del mundo. La isla donde se encontraba el faro, por tener un clima verdaderamente desafiante, se creía totalmente deshabitada a excepción de los tres fareros, pero esta idea de seguridad y soledad se desvanece cuando haciendo el intento de cazar un animal, que surge en vista de los fareros, este cae muerto y notan que el animal tenía una herida de bala.
Sirajush
Jan 31, 2014 Sirajush rated it it was amazing
classic Jules Verne book.epic story.
Sarah
Jun 26, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dull. Short novella of pirates trying to escape with stolen boat from a lighthouse island. Sounds like something Robert Louis Stevenson could have done well. But there was no humor here, and virtually no action. Lots of waiting for tides to turn. Also too much foreshadowing of any of the potentially exciting events - will the good guys successfully fire their single cannon shot at the pirates? Yes - you find out in a single sentence before the twenty page description.
Bess
Jul 23, 2015 Bess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia interesante, muy diferente a lo que Julio Verne nos tiene acostumbrados. Simple, varonil, nos demuestra como las ganas de sobrevivir nos hacen triunfar a pesar de nuestro entorno. Lo recomiendo a todos los que querais una lectura ligera, no muy comun hoy en dia y con pinceladas de aventura.
Samantha González
Jan 05, 2014 Samantha González rated it liked it
Leí este libro hace 5 años, así que no recuerdo mucho la historia. Lo único que puedo decir es que leo el títulos y se me viene a la mente abuuurrriiiiidoooo, ya que Verne para describir una puerta lo hacia con todos los detalles y me molesta. Pero cuando describía lo que pasaba no podía soltar el libro.
Y agreguemos el hecho de que tenia 13 años y había leído dos libros en mi vida.
Francisca
Sep 13, 2014 Francisca rated it liked it
Bueno, definitivamente no es uno de mis libros favoritos. Es sólo una historia corta sobre una gran aventura.

Odié las primeras 50 páginas, pero luego me gustó el rumbo que fue tomando.

Si quieren leer esto, les advierto: está lleno de detalladas palabras náuticas y es bastante estresante. A pesar de eso, la historia es entretenida, como para pasar el rato.
Julio Loo
Short story about three lighthouse keepers located in the Staten Island. A group of pirates kill two of them and the only survivor struggle to survive with scarce resources. Then he start doing all he can to stop the group of pirates from fleeing away.

As all Verne's stories this one is also filled with detailed geographical and nautical terms.
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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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