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پنج هفته در بالون (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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Ian
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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Miro
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
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
Greg F
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
Lucy Mason
If you like trigger-happy wild game hunters and hardcore Victorian racism, this could be the one for you.
Julio Thames
Julio Verne no defrauda!, el libro es claro y entretenido. La historia realmente atrapa al lector.
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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Mariela
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.
Rogvid
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
Cherryonion
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
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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Alexis Webb
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.
Matt
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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Russell
Verne's first novel set the template for many of his subsequent novels. Gentlemen explorers set out to do something new, something hard, using state-of-the-art technology and along the way Verne expounds on current scientific knowledge, taking the reader on a whirlwind tour of the area the heroes are passing through.

The characters were well drawn, the pace of the novel only flagged once in awhile, the winds blew happily in the right direction for the plot, action was consistent with Verne's worl
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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.
Martine
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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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.
Blog Escribiendo el Libro de la Vida
''Verne construye una historia simple, con desenlace predecible, según una rama de la crítica, aunque de calidad incalculable y potencial de entretenimiento sin comparación.
El perfil de sus personajes se asemeja a los protagonistas de otras de sus obras, dada la naturaleza similar del género al que Verne se dedicó: la aventura, la expedición, los viajes imposibles. No obstante, nos hace creer con toda naturalidad que lo que leemos es tan nuevo e inexplorado como el viaje de Fergusson, pues los c
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Coffee Break
This was my first Jules Verne's book and I simply couldn't stop reading it. I was fascinated by the settings, the dangers, the adventure and all the scientific knowledge. I do recommend this book. :)
Ahmad Sharabiani
Five Weeks in a Balloon (Extraordinary Voyages, #1)=Cinq semaines en ballon, Jules Verne
عنوان: پنج هفته در بالن ؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛
Writerlibrarian
It is difficult to read and to enjoy. Colonialism, racism, superiority of the white man. It's a product of its time but reading it now, it's painful. Still there are some parts that are really good but they are drowned by all the isms.

It's his first novel still it's painful. But the whole history lesson without it being an history lesson in Africa's explorations is well done. So is the balloon tech that wasn't real but felt real. I liked Joe, the Professor's domestic, jack of all trades, the bes
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Gonzalo Oyanedel
Aventura con mayúsculas en los tiempos que el Novísimo Mundo abría sus misterios. Refrescante lectura que entusiasma.
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Aventuras. Una gran historia entre tantas de Julio Verne.
Beverly
This was a good book. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have more on the ground adventures. The explorers only really watched the scenery pass by below them. The descriptions were good and the storyline moved along. The author didn't allow it to be all smooth sailing, so there were some obstacles to be surmounted. This was set in the 1800's and hot air balloons were fairly new to the world, so this was a first in exploration of the dark continent. It had been years since I read a book ...more
Stacy LeVine
Not only do I LOVE this novel, I love the fact that it compelled me to buy the antique (circa 1900) Rand McNally map of colonial Africa that currently hangs, properly protected and preserved for posterity, in my Manhattan living room. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK WITHOUT A CHRONOLOGICALLY-APPROPRIATE MAP BY YOUR SIDE!!! You'll miss out on so much if you don't follow the balloon cartographically. Here's to Jules' first novel! The aspects of his writing that tend to upset me are spices of Antisemitism an ...more
Beatrix
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Koen Crolla
This is one of Verne's earlier works, and it shows. It's on much shakier scientific and anthropological grounds than most of his other Voyages Extraordinaires, and while many of his works are now regularly criticised as racist, this is the first one where I felt modern sensibilities could legitimately take offense. His portrayal of Arabs is condescending but sympathetic enough, but his attitude towards black Africans is definitely quite a bit less generous than it could be. Perhaps this reflects ...more
Alec Glazier
This book was considered to be the first science fiction book that was ever written, by a great and imaginative author: Jules Verne. It was an enjoyable and challenging book to read. It was hidden though, until the very end, why Dr. Samuel Fergusson, Dick Kennedy, and Joe Wilson were such a good and well-balanced team. I found that very awkward because usually, most questions that are asked like that are usually not written in the end of the book; though this had no impact on the book. One of my ...more
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“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."
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