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Published in this edition as An Antarctic Mystery but also known as The Sphinx of the Ice Fields. In this novel we follow as strange a journey as can be, as strange as it is, it's nowhere near as strange as what they will find waiting at its end. . . .
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1897)
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket was a financial and critical failure at the time of publication. Yet, Poe's tale inspired generations that came after him, including many well-known authors.

One of them was this literary god. Jules Verne!

Jules Verne loved the story so much that he actually wrote a novel set in the same world as Poe's story. He named the novel as Le Sphinx des glaces (The Sphinx of the Ice Fields) which became known as An Antarctic Mystery in later
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Zagonetka ledenog mora" - Žil Vern
Izdanje : Tehnička knjiga, 1955.g.

Žil Vern ovu ledenu avanturu posvećuje uspomeni na E.A.Poa, čije je delo "Doživljaji Artura Gordona Pima" Vernu poslužilo kao svojevrsna inspiracija.
Roman prati pustolovine gospodina Džorlinga, svetskog putnika, i posade broda "Holbrejn" na čelu sa kapetanom Len Gajom.
Džorling se pridružuje posadi broda kapetana Gaja na proputovanju kroz antarktičke, ledom okovane, vode. Naime, kapetan Gaj kreće na putovanje prateći pustolov
Debbie Zapata
Here is the GR blurb for this edition of this book:
An Antarctic Mystery; or, The Sphinx of the Ice Fields, was published first in 1897 as a response to Edgar Allan Poe's 1838 novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. It is an adventure story following the journey of of an unnamed narrator through the Kerguelen Islands in the Indian Ocean aboard the ship, the Halbrane.

I already had this title on my Someday lists because I had enjoyed some of Verne's other work when I was younger and
Henry Avila
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unofficial sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's only novel,1838's, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket".Jules Verne was a great admirer of the American writer. Mr.Jeorling is an geological researcher(mineralogist), and believes that book was factual! He's serious and roams the seas of the Earth to find Pym.Reaching the remote Indian Ocean's, Kerguelen Islands and stranded there for many weeks ,after finishing a job.He meets Captain Len Guy of the Halbrane.The captain's brother has ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, antarctica
I finished Jules Verne's Le Sphinx de Glaces. Verne wrote his book as a follow-up/continuation of Edgar Allan Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.

Reading Verne's methodical sequel after Poe's meandering novel had me picturing...

Poe created a sense of creeping dread in his meandering novel that was part seafaring misadventure, a bit of scientific flora & fauna diary, & a bizarre horror story, capped by an abrupt, inconclusive ending. His perplexing narrative spurre
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Jules Verne novel I have read and I enjoyed it. The reason I read this book is because it is the "sequel" to Edgar A Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym". If you have read that novel, you realize that Poe left off rather abruptly and did not finish his narrative. I'm not sure why. It bothered me quite a bit - I wanted to know what happened!

Well, apparently, Jules Verne did too. He wrote this continuation of Poe's novel in 1895. Originally in French, I read an English tran
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a nearly amazing novel. First, I purchased the complete writings of Jules Verne as a single "volume" from the Kindle store. I think it was 99 cents--something like that. And I've been reading my way through the collection. Finishing Antarctic Mystery puts me about 32% of the way through the collection. So I have no knowledge of "what page I am on" at any given time.

As for this story, it quickly becomes a sequel of sorts to Edgar Poe's The Narrative of Gordon Pym, because the main charac
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting exploration tale.
Jules Vernes descriptions can be intense but he really draws a great picture of everything going on and in reading this book it is very hard not to see the ocean , the ice and the various landscapes.
Some very dated bits such as the need to constantly refer to a character as a half breed are declaring all black people are flighty with no concept of the future but sadly it is of the age in that respect.
Side from that it is an interesting tale and a great conce
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this so much more than I expected! It was exciting and fairly fast-paced; the narrative never flagged. An interesting tidbit, which I presume to be true:
"It is a well-known fact that ice, whether formed from fresh or salt water, contains no salt, owing to the chloride of sodium being eliminated in the change from the liquid to the solid state. The origin of the ice, therefore, is a matter of no importance. However, those blocks which are easily distinguished by their greenish colour an
Aug 03, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In theory, this sounds kind of neat. Huh, so Jules Verne wrote a sequel to a story by Edgar Allen Poe? Sounds interesting, especially given the bizarre, Lovecraftian ending of Poe's novella. But where Lovecraft was obviously influenced by Poe's work (just look at the abrupt ending dealing with a surreal, potentially god-like entity, or the fact that Lovecraft took a similar plot for his At the Mountains of Madness and even directly borrowed the cry of "tekeli-li" in that story from Poe), Verne s ...more
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