La Isla Misteriosa
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La Isla Misteriosa (Extraordinary Voyages)

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Actualización y a la vez refutación del mito de Robinson -la isla como espacio por excelencia de la aventura, el diálogo del hombre aislado con la naturaleza, LA ISLA MISTERIOSA es la variante más conocida de las diferentes aproximaciones que JULES VERNE hizo a este tema, de tan destacada presencia en su universo literario. Alegoría de la historia de nuestra especie y de l...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 30th 2004 by Panamericana Editorial (first published 1874)
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Last year I participated with a group of friends in doing a Secret Santa. This was the book that my Santa gave me (as well as Gulliver's Travels). I think it was because of the fact I was moaning about the lack of any Verne on Maui. I am SOOOOO glad my santa chose this book for me. It was amazing. Yes there were some dry parts, unless you like painstaking detail about how to make Iron or Bricks, but even they were quickly dispatched, and could be skimmed without really mising anything.

Verne's Ch...more
Rob Kennedy
Finished it a few days ago. This book has restored my faith in reading. It's the second best book I've ever read. I've rarely read anything that has kept me spellbound from start to finish. I think I'd like to start reading it again.

For what is seen as an adventure book, it's mind blowingly in-depth, overly interesting and so well written, it has taught me many lessons in writing. I never new Jules Verne was so good. I already miss each character and even the animals. Poor Jup. Wow wow wow.
B. Zedan
Jul 16, 2008 B. Zedan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Folks who want to read 500+ pages of self-important Industry of Man porno
Oh my God. Some dudes are castaway on this island and I cannot put real words together to explain why I wanted to kill this book. So here are some select Twitters from when I was reading it:

* I find it a little horrifying that the castaways in Verne's 'Mysterious Island' never use bone for anything. Too savage? [though they end up using some whale bone, but that's pretty white so it's okay]

* They didn't use bone to tip arrows! They waited until the dog found a porcupine! How are clothes mended?!...more
Dec 26, 2007 ANDY rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: adventure minded folks
I first read this book as a young boy and loved it! The adventure, the science, the making something out of practically nothing, the surviving the elements - as a young boy with a real desire for adventure and an interest in science I was hooked. I thought that Jules Verne was the greatest dude to have ever drawn breath. I quickly started a campaign to convince others how great this book was. My attempts to sway others was to no avail... no one else was interested.

I think this book was a Christ...more
Mi ha divertito scoprire che nel 1895, quando Edmondo De Amicis si recò ad Amiens per intervistare Jules Verne, molti italiani dubitavano che l'autore dei "viaggi straordinari" esistesse realmente. È un'impressione frequente, quando si pensa ai più prolifici e popolari romanzieri francesi dell'ottocento, ma nel caso di Verne sembra ancora più suggestiva: come credere all'esistenza di un uomo capace di immaginare tanto, e di legare un ciclo di oltre cinquanta romanzi al progresso scientifico e in...more
Crosly Anderson
While I was reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, I noticed the small footnote in one of the last pages. It said, "If you want to find out what happened to Captain Nemo and his ship, read: The Mysterious Island." Immeditatly, I dashed towards Chapters to find this mysterious enigma of a book. I asked my father about it and he shrugged and said: "I read 20, 000 Leagues Under The Sea, but I never read the sequel. I never even KNEW there was a sequel."

So therefore, I found the book in the Adult Fi...more
A little while ago, I picked up The Mysterious Island mainly because it was one of the only books by Jules Verne that I knew almost nothing about. I took great care not to learn in advance what made the island so mysterious or really, anything about the plot at all.

This book is at its heart a standard "shipwrecked" adventure. The main characters are not really shipwrecked per se, but may as well be. The majority of the story deals with their trials and tribulations surviving on the island.

James Field
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my favorite among 40+ books I've read by Jules Verne. read count = 4 (although not recently) . An example of how scientific knowledge dramatically increases the chances of survival on a deserted island. Probably one of the reasons I've chosen a career as an engineer, I like to take things apart to see how they work, and i also love the satisfaction of fixing something that is broken. The four stranded technology wizards recreate the industrial revolution from scatch among the pristine tropical p...more
Mysteries abound: After reading The Mysterious Island, I wonder how much Jules Verne's current reputation is based on 1950s and '60s movies loosely--very loosely--adapted from his novels. In this book, there are no giant crabs or bees, or aliens, or even women. There are five men and a dog seeking to escape besieged Richmond during the Civil War who are carried off in a balloon by hurricane winds to an uncharted island in the Pacific, where they find and make what they need to survive.

The "colo...more
Nils Jeppe
Don't get me wrong, I love The Mysterious Island. However, it objectively did not age well.

First of all, it was one of Verne's "educational" novels, and that shows with lots and lots of exposition that doesn't add anything to the actual story - and much of it isn't even relevant anymore (the theories for the formation of continents, or the nature of the moon are beyond dated).

The second problem is that the story is just choke full of "coincidences", which do not even all make sense if you consid...more
Jan 10, 2013 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know how to survive a deserted island.
Jules Verne is a writing god! I had previously read some of his more popular works like "Around the World in 80 Days," and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and I loved them. I read those at my local library, and I had recently saved enough money for a nice copy of my own, so I went to the bookstore, but they didn't have any of the books I was looking for. All they had was, "The Mysterious Island," which I had never heard of before, but hey, it was Jules Verne, so I bought it where it laid on my b...more
I can't remember the number of times I have re-read this Verne masterpiece and discovered something new every time I had. In fact, my book has become so frayed around the edges over the years that I fear I won't be able to open it anymore without being afraid of ruining the pages or the cover for good.
Trying to recollect my feelings when I read the book for the first time ever seems a bit of a humongous task. But I can't possibly forget the rush of adrenaline and intense emotions, joy and thril...more
This book was recommended by the 2012 Book Lover's Page-A-Day Calendar. Entry was for January 2, 2012.


Let me start by saying that I'm already pretty familiar with the work of Jules Verne, having gotten pretty well addicted to an abridged children's version of Around The World in 80 Days back when I was eight or nine years old. Since then, I've read the actual unabridged version and have read both 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and A Journey To The Center of The Earth more times than I can coun...more
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
«– Avevate una lente, signore? – domandò Herbert a Cyrus Smith.
– No, ragazzo mio, – rispose questi, – ma ne ho fatta una.»
Ne ha fatta una… Non sarà l’unica cosa che i naufraghi del cielo si costruiranno: dalla lente per accendere il fuoco all’esplosivo, al telegrafo. Fra i romanzi di Verne più famosi, L’Isola misteriosa è quello che contiene le invenzioni più “modeste” (una lente, delle candele, del vetro…) ma, in compenso, meglio rappresenta il processo inventivo nella sua essenza. E nel suo...more
In this slightly less famous of Jules’ Verne’s novels, we meet five brave men who have been stranded on an unmapped island in the middle of the ocean. They boarded the balloon as a means of escaping their imprisonment by Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. By the fluke of the century’s worst storm, their balloon is carried nearly 1,000 miles and they barely make it alive onto an undiscovered island. Realizing there is little hope of rescue, Cyrus Smith, Pencroff, Spilett, Neb, an...more
Dec 07, 2007 Silvana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: classics, sci-fi, own, top-20
Jules Verne is a god! If I can be a writer, I want to be like him. No one else. I've read five of his books and they all blew me away.

The Mysterious Island is the ultimate Jules Verne's masterpiece. It tells about five castaways in an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, driven by a storm after they fled from the then raging Civil War in the US (1860s). For survival, they learn to be farmers, hunters, masons, sailors, potters, chemists, physicists, and various of professions you could ima...more
I never would have finished this if it wasn't on the Lost Lit List. It was just too long, not enough happened that I cared about, and I didn't care about the characters all that much. Herbert was probably my favorite.

The beginning was FAR too unbelievable. Why did Verne make such a big deal of them having absolutely nothing - one match, one grain of corn, a sharp edge they created by using the dog's collar? From that and the resources of the island, they create huge pots, iron-tipped spears, and...more

I remember this book from my childhood. I remember walking between the shelves of books in my school’s library looking for it, because I loved reading it so much. I don't remember a lot, beside them escaping in a hot air balloon. How could one ever forget that?

I also understand how it would be incredibly easy to abridge it, because honestly not a lot happens for the first 300 pages or so. They discover, build and prosper, with very long explanations of how. It’s interesting, to some extent, and...more
So five men and a dog are in a balloon during a hurricane....

If I were stranded on a desert island and could only have ONE book, I think I'd want The Mysterious Island. Not because it's my favorite book, or because it's about being stranded on an island, but because it's an extraordinary survival manual for BEING stranded on a desert island. Verne once said he writes SCIENTIFIC fiction, not SCIENCE fiction, and it's in his writing that one can really grasp the difference. I think a lot of people...more
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Jul 21, 2009 K. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: sciency adventure lovers
Shelves: boy-s-bookshelf
Didn't actually realize until looking at the book I read just this moment that mine was abridged. Apparently the real thing is something like 700 pages (mine was 300). Wow.

Anyway, it was great! I little more "sciency" than totally suits my fancy, but it was good for me. If I had a "lost on a desert island" 72-hour kit this book should be in it! They figured out their location by the sun, a watch, and by knowing the date. They figured out the height of things by calculating the shadow (took a pa...more
I know this is a classic but I couldn't stand reading this. I would seriously rather go to the dentist! My 14 year old son is reading this and is loving every word that is there but there are just some things that I can't wrap my brain around. In this instance I believe there is a difference between boy and girl brains. He loves reading about how they are exploring and building things on the island. He loves how they are measuring things to find out where they are and get the latitude and longit...more
Wow, this was a great one.

I actually picked this up after I had told myself that I was done with Verne. Not that didn't enjoy the others (perhaps "Center of the Earth" was a bit taxing...), but I had read 6-7 of his books in a row, so I was done. But then, everywhere I looked, I saw this title. So, alas, I dicided that I would go ahead and do one more. I qucikly regretted my desision when I realized that it was longer than any other of his works that I had gotten through.

But then, I changed my...more
I could easily be talked into giving this four stars for its high adventure, intriguing mystery and appealing characters. You've got to love a book that grabs you right from the beginning:

"Are we rising again?" "No on the contrary." "Are we descending?" "Worse than that, captain! We are falling!" "For heavens sake heave out the ballast!" "There! The last sack is empty!" "Does the balloon rise?" "No!" "I hear a noise like the dashing of waves! The sea is below the car. It cannot be more than 500...more
Después de haber leído una tan singular, densa y buena obra, uno no sabe por dónde empezar.
Antes de nada me gustaría mencionar que antes de leer este gran libro, pude leer también Veinte mil leguas de viaje submarino y Los hijos del capitán Grant, lo que luego fue una gran sorpresa, pero eso va para después.
La historia comenzó bastante bien, con una escena un poco conservadora que evolucionó después en algo lleno de acción y emoción, con una sublime explosión de sentimientos –Típico de Verne-, p...more
David Rieckmann
The Mysterious Island is definitely my favorite of all of Jules Verne's novels and is followed closely by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Verne creates an island world that is by far superior to most writing from the same time period. His skillful use of descriptive narrative provides the reader with a full picture of the world surrounding the characters in the book.

He used significant research in the book and created true life circumstances that one could follow. The events in the book al...more
Daiana Damacus
An easy book with a few surprises Verne's fans will enjoy, such as 'old friends' coming out of where you didn't expect them to be. Despite it, there are hundreds and hundreds of pages filled with technical details I struggled to keep up with (and I believe you will struggle with too unless you're an engineer), and this was a huge disadvantage for me. Having already read quite a few Jules Verne works, I was used to a certain sense of adventure which 70% of the time, this book doesn't offer. It is...more
I re-read this book thanks to my Amazon Kindle, and I found it as fascinating and charming as I did when I first read it, in an almost full version, at the age of eight (I was surprised to find how little the editors of that children's version had suppressed- the book was almost exactly the same). I'm more conscious now of some details of this book, as the lack of female characters (a "sin" often commited by authors of Verne's time) or the idealization of characters, which are all strong and goo...more
Wanli Cheng
This is the first book I read, which is written by Verne.But after reading this book, I complete became one of the Verne's fans. The Mysterious Island is about a complete different world about the reality world. The five people who escaped from the war, came to this Mysterious island. Cyrus Smith is one of the characters I admire. He's strong but also really clever, he's kind, and also calm. He and his friends, his mates used every materials they can find, to build many useful tools. Later, whil...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...more
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Around the World in Eighty Days Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6) Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3) From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #4) Five Weeks in a Balloon (Extraordinary Voyages, #1)

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