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The Mighty Orinoco

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Jules Verne (1828-1905) was the first author to popularize the literary genre of science fiction. Written in 1898 and part of the author's famous series Voyages Extraordinaires, The Mighty Orinoco tells the story of a young man's search for his father along the then-uncharted Orinoco River of Venezuela. The text contains all the ingredients of a classic Verne scientific-ad ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published December 12th 2005 by Wesleyan (first published 1894)
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Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
"The Mighty Orinoco" is the third Jules Verne book in the Early Classics of Science Fiction series, and the sixth book overall. The series is impressive, and this edition is no exception. The novel was first published as "Le Superbe Orénoque" in "Magasin" from January 1st through December 15th of 1898, and is the 45th of his scientific fiction stories. As with all the Voyages Extraordinaires, Verne builds an adventure story off of a solid scientific base. For this book, Verne used Jean Chaffanjo ...more
Juan Carlos Santillán
Un frágil joven y su recio tío recorren el Orinoco hasta sus orígenes en busca del padre del muchacho, perdido hace muchos años; junto a otros personajes no menos osados, sortearán muchos peligros en una larga travesía en que muchas cosas no son lo que parecen. Definitivamente, Verne se desenvuelve muy bien con las historias de viajes y aventuras, con giros argumentales muy a su estilo.
Richard Crooks
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Published 1898 as a part of the Voyages Extraordinaires. Tried to follow the expedition on Google maps. Place names altered or disappeared in 118 years, and the map published in the book took off in odd directions compared to actual satellite photos. Maps then contained a lot of guesswork. Found enough reference points in common to follow the story.
Alex Rojas
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Comienza genial, se vuelve pesado por la cantidad de datos geográficos e históricos pero con el pasar de los capítulos, el libro cobra una energía aventurera muy entretenida.

Un gustazo leer a Julio Verne relatar elementos de Venezuela de una forma tan minuciosa y bien contada.

Si bien no es la historia más increíble de todos los tiempos, es una novela de aventura, drama y amor bien narrada.
Luis D'hers
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Un libro interesante ya que Verne nunca visito Venezuela y las descripciones son increíbles, lo negativo es que es un libro muy predecible, no hay sorpresas en la trama, a la mitad da tantos detalles que el libro se hace algo pesado.

Por cultura general es recomendable leerlo.
Diego Ramirez
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una gran historia en la zona septentrional de Suramérica. Como siempre los detalles que usaba Verne en su narración nos transporta e invita a viajar a los sitios en donde sus historias cobran vida. Libro recomendado de Verne
Czarny Pies
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Les amateurs de Jules Verne
Shelves: french-lit
Le Superbe Orénoque ne compte pas parmi les grands chef-d'oeuvres de Jules Verne mais il est très bon. Il plaira beaucoup à tout jeune lecteur qui est déjà un amateur de Jules Verne. Le Superbe Oréonoque est composé des éléments qui ont bien servis dans des romans précédents. Le protagoniste (comme les enfants du Capitaine Grant) part à la recherche d'un père perdu. Dans sa quete, il voyage le long d'un fleuve sud-américain (comme dans La Jangada). En combinaison avec cette intrigue qui suit la ...more
Jerry M
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Verne's later books and as in most of his novels he uses up-to-date research to build the background. Jean Chaffonjon explored the Orinoco River and its basin in the late 19th century and Verne creates a story using the elements of his discoveries. In this case we have 3 set of travelers who meet along the Orinoco and join forces. There is the team of 3 geographers trying to find the source of the Orinoco, there is an uncle on nephew looking for a lost family member and there is a ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-misc
Two separate groups of travelers arrange passage up the Orinoco River of Venezuala but end up traveling mostly together. The first group is 3 mapmakers who argue constantly over the actual origin of the Orinoco and which are it's tributaries. The second group, a young man and his older companion, are much more mysterious about their objectives. They'll say only that they are seeking a certain man who is said to have gone up the same river many years before. This man they are seeking turns out to ...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
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