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The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
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May 23, 2011

it was amazing
Read in June, 2010

The beauty of Jeles Verne is not so much the fantastical elements to his books, but the rich, accurate detail with which he justifies those elements.
The Mysterious Island is perhaps the best example of that. A small group of men, stranded on a desserted island with nothing (or next to nothing) except a talented and knowledgeable engineer go about making a life for themselves. Verne's vivid descriptions of the construction or reconstruction of the civilized amenities, which we all take for granted, such as producing iron, cultivating wild plants into crops, domesticating animals, manufacturing cloth and clothing, producing cookery and eating utensils, inspires on to understand how much we owe to those civilizations that have come before us. This book pushes my desire to understand how things are converted from the basic elements provided by nature to the useful contrivances we are so used to using.
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