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The Mysterious Island

By Jules Verne

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Cast away on an uncharted island, Captain Harding and his companious must shift for themselves and build a new life as best they may. And they do — but again and again, when they find themselves in desperate straits, some unseen hand comes to their aid. Who is this hidden rescuer? When they learn his identity they (and the reader) will be amazed. But when a new trial follows, they have only themselves and their own wits to rely on!

About Jules Verne

(1828-1905) Born in Nantes, France, Verne's first training was as a lawyer, but he soon turned to adventure writing. His first success was Cinq semaines en ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon), and thereafter, he produced a long series of marvelous tales at the rate of approximately one a year for the next 25 years. His most successful books include Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in 80 days.

Before any writing was ever labeled "science fiction," there were flights of imagination — what the author himself called voyages imaginaires — that anticipated a thrilling future, based on scientific marvels yet to come. Jules Verne was a writer of such stories.


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