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Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday (Extraordinary Voyages, #32)

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A group of boys find themselves adrift at sea, and after a terrible storm they are cast upon a deserted island, where they must learn to get along together to survive.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 24th 2003 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1888)
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Henry Avila
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A grand tour awaits the delighted, eager, fun loving children from Auckland, New Zealand's, Charman School, 15 boys, from eight to thirteen, in age, maybe, a couple a year older, will be taken on a cruise around the two big islands, a great vacation that will last a few weeks, on board a schooner, with a veteran captain in command, and a capable crew, get away from the tedious work, the never ending boredom, of education. But before they begin circumnavigating the colony, with all the sailors, e ...more
Rory
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, pre-1960
I read this when I was 10 years old and I thought it was fantastic. I came across it while on vacation and staying at a relative stranger's house. In hopes of not having to make conversation, I scanned a bookshelf for anything that seemed to have been published for children. This was obviously an adventure story (never my fave genre) but it was 1. my only option and 2. by an author I already recognized as "one of those important ones." I read it in one long sitting and it veritably transported m ...more
Pequete
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Este livro deu origem a uma das séries que passaram na RTP no final dos anos 70 / início dos anos 80 e que fizeram as delícias dos meus 12-13 anos. Curiosamente, só me apercebi que a série se baseava num romance de Júlio Verne muito mais tarde, apesar de o meu irmão ser grande fã deste autor e ter vários livros dele nas estantes (mas não este, infelizmente...).
Lido várias décadas mais tarde, fui-me lembrando porque razão gostei tanto da série na altura (sempre gostei de aventuras e de histórias
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গরীষমের ছুটিতে চারমযান বোরডিং সকুলের কিছু শিকষারথী (সব মিলিয়ে ১৪ জন) ঠিক করল সাগর ভরমনে বের হবে। যে ভাবা সেই কাজ অভিভাবকরা সব বযবসথা করে ফেললেন। জোগাড় করে ফেলা হল এক সকুনার জাহাজ। আর সাথে ২ মাসের মতন রসদ। যাতরা শুরুর আগের রাতে বাচচারা (বাচচাই বলছি কারন তাদের সবার বয়স ১৫ এর কম) অভিভাবকদের অনুমতি নিয়ে জাহাজে রাত কাটাতে উঠল। কিনতু সকাল বেলা ঘুম ভেঙগে তাদের মাথায় আকাশ ভেঙগে পড়ল। তারা দেখল যে তাদের জাহাজ মাঝ সমুদরে। যেখানে কিনা জাহাজ সাগর পারে থাকার কথা ছিল। এখন সমসযা হল জাহাজে নেই কোন নাবিক, মাঝি মা ...more
Juna
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I hate how this book isn't popular enough. My teacher recommended it to me when I was about eleven and I finished it in two days. I found it really interesting. It's one of the few Jules Verne books I could actually finish. It has the typical Jules Verne descriptions and as usual Verne "predicts" the future with "parasailing" and other inventions not present at the time. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. I w ...more
Franco  Santos
El único libro que tengo leído de Verne. Me lo dieron para leer en primaria y recuerdo que me gustó. Debería releerlo algún día para refrescar mis sentimientos hacia esta historia.
Magda
A bunch of boys ends up shipwrecked on an island and instead of going "Lord of flies" at each other they're starting to organize they're daily work and do everything to survive. Obviously, not everyone agrees on everything, but they manage to get along well enough to survive and even to save other people later on.
A rather steady pace of this story made me read it way longer than the page count would suggest, but in the end, it was interesting and I enjoyed the experience. It might not be my fav
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Yigal Zur
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
l loved this one so much. adventures of young boys on a deserted island.
Matt
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book way back when I was as old as the boys stranded on the island (10-14) and I absolutely loved it.
I re-read it today only to find that the island is much smaller now, the characters shallower and the story thinner. I would give it only 3 stars today, but that would be a little unfair. I'm way past the expected reading age now.

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Elena
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soy una gran fanática de los clásicos pero no suelo leer muchos libros de aventura aunque como la sinopsis de este me gustó y siempre quise leer algo de Julio Verne decidí darle una oportunidad y no me arrepiento.

El libro me encantó y pasó a formar parte de mis favoritos, la trama es perfecta para una historia de aventuras y los personajes también, además de que el final del libro me gustó mucho (principalmente por el mensaje que deja Verne al lector: "Lo que conviene que quede en las jóvenes me
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Sasha
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, old, top
This was my favorite book around when I was 10, and many characters were my imaginary friends that I took around town with me... The adventures were awesome, the characters were very realistic (I loved how close in age we were) and I must admit, my favorite parts were all the bickering and fighting scenes between the good ones and the mean ones. Tee hee. As another reviewer said, this is the only Jules Verne book I breezed through and re-read over a dozen times. I wish it was more popular now! ( ...more
Johan
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-books
My daughter had to read this book for her school. I read it to, so we could discuss it. She said: it is difficult to get into it but at the end you read it faster, which is true. An interesting little story! And a happy end.
Attila Benő
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books ever written! I rarely read a book twice, in fact, I believe this was the only one.

Well-written, believable characters, in a story full of twists. Everything seems simple, and just when you think you know what's going on, boom, things change. I love it! :)
Juan Escobar
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los libros no tan populares de Julio Verne siempre confirmar que en las historias más sencillas la magia de la aventura combinada con la ciencia funciona de manera más efectiva, y divertida.

Los pájaros huían como hubieran aprendido a desconfiar de los hombres, y esto hacía pensar que aquella costa no estaba habitada, la visitaban ciertamente indígenas de algún territorio próximo.


Es un libro para niños, y creo que todos los de Verne son para niños-adultos, y como soy un niño grande lo disfruté,
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Peter Perhac
Got about half way through the book and will stop here. I read it as a child perhaps twenty years ago and I definitely enjoyed it more then than now. Still it’s a pretty good book.
Adam
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Podczas wakacji przeczytana książka z dzieciństwa - zaskakująco dobrze się broni. Polecam sobie w wersji 11-latka :)
Realini
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne

What a magic title- Two Years Holiday. It makes you want to read the book, just for the fun of taking this ride with the protagonists.
Or simply to keep it on your lap, to read when you have a little spare time of your own.
But if you want to read on, this is not about Jules Verne, but about my own ten years holiday… it’s been so long since I have read Jules Verne that I can only speak about the fantasy, the idea suggested by the book.
But is it all that desirable to
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Jane
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is also known as Adrift in the Pacific, the title under which I found it at http://www.archive.org/details/americana as a free download. It is almost nonexistent in print form these days, yet it's one I read as a child probably a half dozen times. Why hasn't it stood the test of time with Verne's other books? It's high adventure, the story of 15 school boys, ages 7-15, accidentally set adrift on the first night of school holiday in Auckland and how they survived two years on an island. ...more
Sezgi
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jules Verne, eşsiz zekasının sınırlarını tahmin etmekte zorlanıyorum. Bu kitap bana biraz yeni dönemden Sineklerin Tanrısı’nı hatırlattı. Tabii ki onlar Jules Verne’den etkilenmişlerdir. ^^
Bir geminin içindeki çocuklar kendilerini bir anda denizin ortasında bulurlar. Ve zar zor bir adaya çıkmayı başarırlar. Bundan sonra macera başlar. Sıkıcı diyenler olmuş kitap için, olabilir uzun tasvir ve olaylar vardı. Ben sıkılmadan okudum, keyif aldım okurken. Yaşları hayli küçük olan bu çocukların olgun d
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Akemi G.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
One of my favorites in my childhood, along with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by the same author. I read it so many times.

After reading some reviews, here is my additional comment: I don't think this book is great because of its adventures alone. What's really brilliant is it lets you experience all kinds of the social and political problems in a way kids can understand, spiced with adventures so that the reading wouldn't be too heady. Great also as a coming-of-age novel.
Maria Elmvang
Jul 03, 2007 rated it liked it
I had seen a cartoon adaption of this book many years ago, and though I remember very little of it, I do remember that I really liked it, so when I discovered my sister had the book, I thought I'd give it a shot. I love Robinson-stories, and really enjoyed this one too, despite the fact that Jules Verne put much to much morale into the story AND (especially) that he obviously knew next to nothing about New Zealand!!!! He kept writing about the boys were used to hard winters and had learned ice s ...more
CatholicBibliophagist
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, kid-lit
As a contrast to the Swiss Family Robinson, you can't beat Jules Verne's tale of a group of boys accidentally cast away on a desert island for ingenuity and realism.

I enjoyed reading about how the boys set up and managed their small society. (Naturally there is some conflict between the English boys and the French ones.) This is a great books for boys -- clever inventions, hunting and shooting, a wonderful cave dwelling, and taking responsibility for one's actions.

And pirates!
Hana
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Cielo
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Usually, I really like Jules Verne, but I just couldn't get very interested in this book. I felt it was a little slow, especially in the beginning, and not a lot really happened overall. It's a shame, because Jules Verne is one of my favorite authors, but I just wasn't feeling it with this book. And doniphan was really annoying.
Jessica
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It somewhat frustrates me that this book is underrated. Personally, I think this is the best book Jules Verne had ever written. It fascinates me how the characters had the abilities to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulty. And I was really amazed at the house that they built that I wanted to build my own! Double thumbs up to these boys and most especially, to the author!
William Ni
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book (in Chinese) during my childhood and was completely immersed in the adventures of these 15 boys. Years later, decided to look up the actual name for this book in English and again find myself immersed into the world, and a greater appreciation of the English language.
Jarkko Laine
An enjoyable adventure story in true Robinson Crusoe style. Using schoolboys as the protagonists made it more relatable for my sons, and despite some shooting action at the end, both the 8-year-old and 6-year-old enjoyed the story a lot.
Gisoo
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
چیزی از اوایل کتاب نگذشته بود که خاطره مبهم فیلمی که احتمالا بر اساس این کتاب ساخته شده بود و سال ها قبل دیده بودم به یادم اومد و به خاطر همین به پایان رسوندنش این قدر طول کشید.
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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
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