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The Mysterious Island
The Mysterious Island
Author: Jules Verne
Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, a man who survived by himself for almost five years on an uninhabited Pacific Island off the coast of Chile, Jules Verne's page-turner is a tale of five men and a dog who escape Civil War Richmond in a balloon during a storm and land on a faraway and uncharted island where they must overcome nature's...  more »
ISBN: 327880
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 629
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Publisher: The Modern Library
Book Type: Paperback
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I picked up The Mysterious Island from a reference related to the TV series "LOST". Though a bit onerous to get my mind to accept the writing style and character descriptions, it became a joy to read and I happily read all 629 pages in no time. This would be a lot of fun as a discussion topic just in character development alone. All Verne's characters appear one-dimensional because everything he describes is so darn positive. And yet the true nature of the characters develop exactly as Verne probably intended - a really interesting difference from more modern writing styles. Definitely worth reading. I laughed out loud (though it is NOT a comedy) and shook my head many times throughout - particularly the surprise ending!
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