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The Begum's Fortune

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When two European scientists unexpectedly inherit an Indian rajah's fortune, each builds an experimental city of his dreams in the wilds of the American Northwest. France-Ville is a harmonious urban community devoted to health and hygiene, the specialty of its French founder, Dr. Francois Sarrasin. Stahlstadt, or City of Steel, is a fortress-like factory town devoted to th ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1958 by Ace Books (first published 1879)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum = The Begum's Fortune = The Begum's Millions (Extraordinary Voyages #18), Jules Verne
The Begum's Fortune (French: Les Cinq cents millions de la Bégum), also published as The Begum's Millions, is an 1879 novel by Jules Verne, with some elements which could be described as utopian and others which seem clearly dystopian. It is remarkable as the first published book in which Verne was cautionary and to some degree pessimistic about the development of science and
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Sandy
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am by no means a student of world history, but as far as I can make out, the Franco-Prussian War, which began in July 1870 and ended some 10 months later, had some fairly significant and long-lasting aftereffects. As a result of its surrender, France had to cede over to Germany the bulk of the Alsace-Lorraine territory, while Germany emerged a unified empire, effectively altering the balance of European power. For Frenchman Jules Verne, the Germans would never be regarded in the same way again ...more
Dr Osama
الخمسمائة مليون ثروة البيجوم رواية للكاتب الفرنسي جون فيرن المتوفى في بداية القرن العشرين. وهي رواية خيالية علمية تجري أحداثها في القرن التاسع عشر. تحكي قصة الدكتور الفرنسي سارازان والبروفيسور الألماني شولتز اللذان نزلت عليهم ثروة هائلة بصفتهما ورثة بقرابة بعيدة للبيجوم الهندية. ويقرر كل منهما استثمار حصته لبناء مشروع هائل في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. يؤسس شولتز مدينة ستالستيد - مدينة صناعة الفولاذ والأسلحة الثقيلة، بينما يؤسس سارازان فرانسفيل - مدينة فرنسا المثالية حيث يسود التوافق والسلام بي ...more
Fonch
Jun 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and gentlemen, after making a critique of books that I've liked decided to write a review of a book, which I liked. Because a person does not have why liking everything what he reads. One should not be a yes-man and must have personality to say that he likes, and which do not. But that truck you contempt for most. First thing, I have to say is why I decided to read this book? Before that became fashionable the phenomenon of utopias and dystopias, Ucronia thanks in part to the saga of the ...more
Jefi Sevilay
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dünyanın Merkezi'ne Seyahat, Balonla Beş Hafta, Denizler Altında Yirmibin Fersah, İki Yıl Okul Tatili gibi "popüler" Jules Verne romanlarını tamamladıysanız ve kalan kitaplara ilgi duyuyorsanız, işte sihir orada başlıyor.

Evet, bazıları gerçekten sıradan ama Begümün 500 Milyonu bence Jules Verne'in en önemli kitaplarından biri. Çünkü Jules Verne'i hep hangi özelliğiyle tanırız? Kitaplarının "zamanının ötesinde" olmasıyla. Begüm'ün 500 Milyonu da bu kitaplara en iyi örneklerden.

Tabi ki Jules Verne
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Fiona
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine typische Jules Verne Geschichte. Auf wenigen (knapp 300) Seiten erschafft Jules Verne eine neue Welt mitten in der realen. Eine überraschende Erbschaft zeigt zwei Extremen der menschlichen Natur auf, zum einen die gütige, der Wissenschaft verschriebenen Seite, die alle Menschen zusammen bringen und friedlich leben will. Die andere Seite ist grauer, auf Profit und Kontrolle getrimmter Rassismus, gewalttätig und größenwahnsinnig.
Die Geschichte beleuchtet beide Seiten ganz gut, ich hätte gerne
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Kristina
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jedno od ozbiljnijih Vernovih djela, Grad čelika oslikava sukob dvije ideologije: jedne koja gradi Francusku varoš, grad namijenjen napretku čovječanstva i druge koja gradi Grad čelika, tvornicu razornog oružja.

Sukob doktora Sarazena i profesora Šulcea ustvari je sukob dobra i zla, želje za napretkom i želje za rušenjem. Šulce je vođen nacionalističkim idejama, čime ova priča prethodi stvarnim strahotama koje su takve ideje proizvele, a Vern zaslužuje titulu vizionara.

Beskrupulozni profesor u ov
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Aleksandar Obradović
Libernovus je definitivno napravio pun pogodak ovom edicijom. Opet jedan zanimljiv naslov i prosto fascinantno kako Vern lako plete zaplete i istovremeno pokazuje da je bio jedan od pisaca sa najvećim kvantumom opšteg znanja.
Cesar Leon
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La imaginación sumada sus investigaciones siempre nos llevan en aventuras inimaginables para sus contemporáneos.


Como en cada libro nos deja ver esa ventana a futuros próximos que en nuestra época ya son toda una realidad. Esto es lo que llega a sorprender aún más, como podía libro tras libro tener esa visión del futuro.
Marian
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-bookcase
One day, out of the blue, the unassuming Dr. Sarrasin learns he is heir to an enormous fortune. It seems he is the only living descendant of a Frenchman who married a begum - "a Muslim lady of high rank" - and, through her wealth, became rich.

As it would happen, another claimant to the fortune shows up, a German professor by the name of Schultze. To avoid an expensive court case, they agree to split the money in half and each spend it on the projects of their dreams. These projects turn out to
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Almir Olovcic
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knjiga procitana za 24 sata. Jos jednom je Z. Vern pokazao svoje prorocansko umijece, naslutivsi dolazak Hitlera u ovoj knjizi, kroz lik Sulcea. Stivo koje se brzo cita, jednostavno pozelite okretati stranicu za stranicom, uzivati u tehnickim detaljima i opisima rada masina, futuristicki nadahnutim gradovima i likovima. Preporcujem za svakog ljubitelja Zil Verna, ali isto tako za sve one zainteresovane za razvoj SF zanra, jer Vern je ipak jedan od njegovih prvih i jos uvijek najboljih predstavni ...more
Patrick Gibson
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an exceptional novel -- and very unusual for Verne. Part of a 'Complete Works of' I had never heard of this and once I started reading had no idea where the story was going. I kept thinking: I'm reading Sinclair Lewis. It's a parable for our times, and remarkable in its insights.

Here is the summary from Wikipedia:

Two men receive the news that they are part-inheritors to a vast fortune. They are the last surviving descendants of a French soldier-of-fortune who many years before settled in
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Eugene
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tenía bastante tiempo que no me sentía tan bien con una lectura.

Con este libro, salí de mi zona de confort, y precisamente lo postergué tanto porque me intimidaba, pero absolutamente nada que ver. Realmente me gustó y me alegra haberlo leído, ya que quedo con muchas ganas de leer más de Julio Verne.

Me pareció una historia bastante curiosa, y tiene un efecto en el que al final, es algo genial, como las cosas se dan a causa de otras.

No conocía muy bien de qué iba, solamente comencé a leerlo, as
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J.j. Metsavana
Süzeepoolest on tegemist teosega mis on üllatavalt sarnane Back cupi saare saladusele. Meil on siin jälle geniaalne aga maailma vastu vaenulik leiutaja, vapper prantslane kes oma eluga riskides üritab tema saavutust takistada ja suure hävingu ootus. Ainult, et võrreldes Back Cupi saarega on vinti ohtralt peale keeratud ja tegelased veelgi karikatuursemateks joonistatud.

Eks Verne on varemgi kirjutanud selliseid koomilisi ja klisheelike tegelasi aga üdini hea ja rahulik inimsuse eest võitlev prant
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Görkem Nurata
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I regret to confess that I have heard of this great dystopian masterpiece very recently, it's really impressive and farseeing as always, like all other classic works of Jules Verne.

If you like dystopian sci-fi, you must take a look at this!
Nemo
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuación mis comentarios sobre "Los Qunientos Millones de la Begum" de Julio Verne:

+Obra escrita en el ambiente de pesimismo del pueblo francés luego de la derrota en la guerra franco-prusiana,
+Se puede pensar que la obra es una alegoría ante la dicotomía democracia/totalitarismo o utopía/disotopía.
+ La obra muestra de manera muy gráfica como una sociedad totalitaria, completamente centralizada en una figura se desmorona rápidamente, al faltar esta figura.
+ El capítulo sobre la bolsa es ge
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Ema
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tahle knížka, to bylo prostě něco! Verneovíky mám poslední dobou moc ráda, i přesto, že Verne píše rozvláčně, a složitě. U čtení je nutné si uvědomit, že tenkrát měli prostě čas, a nikam nespěchali. V dnešní době jsou jeho dílka úplně opomenutá, a to už uplynulo 100 let od jeho smrti. Ale jsem tu já, jehož fantastické příběhy úplně žeru pojídám. Byl to skutečně vizionář, a Ocelové město je toho důkazem. Slyšeli jste někdy o náboji, který letěl takovou rychlostí, že prostě zmizel v prostoru? O dě ...more
Vicjordan
Utilizando los avances quimicos y metalúrgicos de su época como trasfondo de una historia que enfrenta el bien y el mal, Julio Verne describe una posible confrontación bélica entre una ciudad Francesa, que lucha por la paz, el bienestar y la higiene, y una Alemana cuyo fin es consolidar la superioridad de la raza aria mediante el empleo del acero en la construcción de un arma absolutamente letal. Verne adelanta en su relato varios acontecimientos y desarrollos posteriores (en su momento ciencia ...more
Benn Allen
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
While I can't say I'm as impressed by Jules Verne's "predictions" in "The Begum's Fortune", I will say, I thought it was a good enough adventure tale. Maybe a bit of a precursor to stories found in the old pulp magazines from back in the day and a little sloppy in its narrative (the denouement is a little too convenient, the characters aren't very well-rounded and tend to be one dimensional), but the story does keep one's interest throughout. Not really one of Verne's better efforts, but worthwh ...more
TrumanCoyote
The resemblance to Hitler was eerie--master race, wonder weapons and so forth (and the guys just being lost at the end without their leader--as well as his demise signifying the collapse of the whole thing). I guess Verne was actually thinking of Bismarck, but...still, it's filled with that 19th-century "They attacked us like jerks so let's go beat the hell out of them like God would've wanted it" attitude. There's always something about Verne that seems a little pat--like Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Gabriela Skopalová
Další knížka od Verna.. Příběh mě ihned upoutal po pár stránkách. Je to opravdu vizionářský příběh a předčil svou dobu (a pravděpodobně to i stále dělá..).
Příběh je jak o vztazích, tak hlavně i o dobrodružství! Už jsem viděla hodně scifi filmů, četla hodně knížek.. ale přesto mě příběh bavil (od knížky jsem sama nevstala..a když po mě někdo něco chtěl, tak si vysloužil opravdu mrzutý výraz)
Jules Verne mě každým svým příběhem dostane.. není to autor o kterým si řeknete "Jo super, ale tahle bude
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Juan Carlos Santillán
Obra menor de Verne, cuya temática central se enfoca en las tendencias chauvinistas y de superioridad étnica que, disfrazadas con el manido pretexto del patriotismo, se salen de proporciones, proliferando en Europa y el resto del mundo, hasta llegar a los límites de violencia racial que el escritor francés anticipa más de medio siglo antes del surgimiento del nazismo.
Luis
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Los 500 millones de la begún” no es una profecía, sino un retrato de la obra de Otto Von Bismarck, una visión de la Europa que nació con el Reich.
Es demasiado ingeniosa, y bastante visionaria en muchos aspectos. Verne una vez más me demuestra su gran capacidad narrativa.
Daniel Kush
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting little book positing opposing ideas of what civilization ought to look like and how it ought to operate, specifically with regard to its primary end. Absolute power vs. absolute peace. Gothic/steampunk atmosphere and very enjoyable.
Ylka
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julio Verne es uno de mis escritores favoritos desde mi infancia.
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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Det er naturligvis ikke Jules Verne, der alene har opfundet science fiction, ligesom de fleste af hans mange romaner slet ikke er SF. Derimod kan man ikke komme uden om, at han for de fleste står som den arketypiske SF-forfatter, og at han helt uden sammenligning er den mest udgivne, mest filmatiserede, mest læste, mest udbredte SF-forfatter både i tid og rum.

I listen over de mest oversatte forfattere i GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2013 er Verne da også kun overgået af Agatha Christ
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Tommy Verhaegen
In tegenstelling tot veel critici vind ik dit 1 van de mindere boeken van Jules Verne. Anderen vinden dit het meest sci-fi achtige boek omdat het het meest correct de toekomst voorspelt.
Zelf zie ik het helemaal niet zo. Ik vind het eerder zwak uitgewerkt, net alsof er een stuk ontbreekt. Zie in deze context het gedrag van Otto die van losbol ineens, zonder reden of verklaring, een brave, onderdanige jonge man wordt.
Voor mij persoonlijk zijn beide steden een nachtmerrie om in te leven, maar Stah
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Sezgi
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jules Verne tarihi şahsiyetler arasında açık farkla hayran olduğum birisi. Bilimi edebiyatla harmanlamak kolay bir şey değildir. Yazar bunu o kadar ustaca yapıyor ki o coğrafi tanımların, bilimsel sözlerin tadını çıkara çıkara hikayeye adapte oluyorsunuz.

Bilimle ilgili iyi düşüncenin kötü düşünceyle mücadelesini anlatıyor kitap. En çok Marcel karakterini sevdim, sizin de onu çok benimseyeceğinizi tahmin ediyorum. Fransa için türlü fedakarlıklara hazır bir vatansever. Bu kitapta bir silah yapmanı
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Ralph Jones
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
Imagine waking up in the morning and you found out that you are a descendant of a French soldier who settled in India and married a rich widow of a native prince—a Begum. That’s how the story starts in this book.

First inheritor is a French physician, Dr. Sarrasin, who envisioned a utopian city in which public health is the government’s primary concern. The other inheritor is a German scientist, Prof. Schultze, who unfortunately is a psychopath militarist and racist. His ideal city would be a cit
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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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