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Into the Niger Bend

(Barsac Mission #1)

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The last novel by Verne first published in France fourteen years after Verne's death. In it, two politicians and their entourage travel through French West Africa in the late 19th or early 20th century to gather evidence to support arguments for and against giving voting rights to black Africans.
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1960 by Ace Books (first published 1905)
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Aug 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Verne fans, Victorian African adventure fans
This is the first half of a Verne novel (The Barsac Mission).
After a quite vivid English bank robbery, very little happens. Two deputies in the French parliament disagree about whether the Africans in France's West African colonies
deserve the right to vote ( a concept I found advanced for its time). They are sent on a joint mission to Africa to
determine the abilities of the Africans (who are generally described in quite sordid and by modern standards racist terms). The mission splits up and the
Daniel Shellenbarger
Into the Niger Bend (and its sequel, City in the Sahara) isn't the most famous Verne, and its colonial-era portrayal of Africans is borderline offensive, but it is also one of his most impressive pieces of forward thinking as he predicts guided missiles and the use of helicopters in combat (with frightening accuracy; some of the scenes might've been ripped right out of a Vietnam War novel)
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - April 16, 2013

This the 1st bk of the 2 bk The Astonishing Adventure of the Barsac Mission & the 7th Verne bk I've read in my recent Verne spree. Fortunately, I also have the 2nd & final bk, The City in the Sahara, wch I'll be reading & reviewing next. On the back of this 2nd bk it's proclaimed that this "may well have been Jules Verne's crowning work of science-fiction." That is probably born out by the 2nd
Stephen Wilk
It turns out that this book is not by JUles Verne, but by his son, Michel, who published several of his own works after his famous father's death, and under Jules Verne's name. He also added to unpublished novels by the older Verne. Many of the original novels, shorn of Michel's additions, have been published and translated in recent years.

In the case of the two volumes of The Barsac Mission, this was not done. Jules Verne left notes and outlines for two apparently unrelated novels that Michel
This and the next part are my absolute favorite of Jules Verne's magic. I have read both for countless times and hope to do some more in the future.

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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

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