The Mysterious Island

Jules Verne

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The Mysterious Island is a novel by French author Jules Verne, first published in 1875. It is the twelfth book in the Extraordinary Voyages series. The book narrates the story of five Americans who seek refuge from the Civil War by embarking on a hot-air balloon journey, only to crash-land on a remote Pacific island, after getting trapped in a storm. There, mysteries await them, including a message in a bottle that directs them to rescuing a castaway on a nearby island. The book is a crossover sequel to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and the infamous Captain Nemo makes an appearance, as does Tom Ayrton, from In Search of the Castaways. Inspired by literary works like Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, Verne skillfully weaves engineering ingenuity and thrilling adventure into the tale. Originally translated in 1875 and credited to W. H. G. Kingston, the standard version of The Mysterious Island garnered popularity but faced criticism for omitting crucial parts of the text and altering its content. In contrast, Stephen W. White's 1876 translation, presented here, is widely regarded as more accurate, even though it also trims certain sections of the narrative.

№ 12 in the Extraordinary Voyages series.

This book has 161,869 words, 318 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1875. This translation by Stephen W. White, was first published in 1876.

Production notes: This ebook of The Mysterious Island was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 27th July 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Discovery of the Chest' by N.C. Wyeth.

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