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Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery By Jules Verne

Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery

Jules Verne

Available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook, or read online. This book has 119 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1882. The translator of this edition is unknown.
Series: Extraordinary Voyages #22


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Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery is the twenty-second book in the Extraordinary Voyages series, by French author Jules Verne. First published in 1882, it tells the story of Godfrey Morgan, a wealthy young man who embarks on a round the world trip, along with Professor T. Artelett. Unfortunately, they are shipwrecked on an uninhabited island which leads to a series of events and adventures that they must work through in order to survive. This book in the series is preceded by 'Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon', and is followed by 'The Green Ray'.

Main Characters:

Godfrey Morgan: A wealthy but idle 22 year old.
Professor T. Artelett: A dance instructor and Morgans's mentor and teacher.
William W. Kolderup: Godfrey's uncle.
Phina Kolderup: William's adopted goddaughter and love of Godfrey's life.

Facts about the book:

1. The novel is what is called a 'robinsonade' - a genre of literary works that were named after Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
2. During the time of it's publication, in the late 19th century, it was common for young wealthy people to travel extensively as a type of rite of passage.
3. Peter Cushing and Terrence Stamp were among other actors in a 1981 film that was loosely based on 'Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery', called 'Jules Verne's Mystery on Monster Island'.

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Artwork used for book cover:

View Across Frenchman's Bay From Mt. Desert Island, After A Squall, by Thomas Cole.

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