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Floating Island (Pacific Basin Books) (original 1895; udgave 1990)

af Jules Verne

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"The Self-Propelled Island is the first unabridged English translation of Jules Verne's original story featuring a famous French string quartet that is abducted by an American businessman and taken to Standard Island to perform for its millionaire inhabitants. The quartet soon discovers that Standard Island is not an island at all, but an immense, futuristic ship possessing all the features of an idyllic haven. Equipped with the most opulent amenities, Standard Island travels the Pacific Ocean, traversing the south archipelagos and stopping at many "sister" islands for the pleasure of its well-heeled inhabitants. These inhabitants soon meet with the danger, in its various forms, that is inherent in ocean travel. Meanwhile, the French quartet is witness to the rivalry that exists between the two most powerful families onboard, a rivalry that keeps the future of the island balancing on the edge of a knife. First published in English in 1896, the novel was originally censored in translation. Dozens of pages were cut from the story because English translators felt they were too critical of Americans as well as the British. Here, for the first time, readers have the pleasure of reading The Self-Propelled Island as Verne intended it. "--"First complete translation of Jules Verne's science-fiction novel about a string quartet abducted onto a floating, man-made island inhabited by millionaires touring the archipelagos of the South Pacific"--… (mere)
Medlem:camilo77
Titel:Floating Island (Pacific Basin Books)
Forfattere:Jules Verne
Info:Kegan Paul (1990), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Propeller Island af Jules Verne (Author) (1895)

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Once more, I did not find this to be among Verne's most astounding of works. The plot was haphazard and thrown about and the characters seemed like only vestiges of what they could have been. Overall, I would say that one could comfortably skip this one- even if they like Verne books.

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  DanielSTJ | Feb 28, 2020 |
Verne's prescient novel of a society of elites who construct their own country and navigate it around the world's oceans. The technical premise of vast floating structures built from concrete cassions is completely contemporary, and is being considered even today for both industrial and residential purposes. What Verne adds to this technical tour de force is an insight into the social and political considerations involved in the creation of floating nation-states. As we contemplate the submergence of island states, we might soon have to deal with the issue of whether they continue as legitimate entities, and whether we accept the transfer of their sovereignty to these sort of structures, and whether if we recognize these we also open up the possibility of politically motivated groups setting up their own societies afloat. ( )
  nandadevi | Aug 14, 2015 |
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"The Self-Propelled Island is the first unabridged English translation of Jules Verne's original story featuring a famous French string quartet that is abducted by an American businessman and taken to Standard Island to perform for its millionaire inhabitants. The quartet soon discovers that Standard Island is not an island at all, but an immense, futuristic ship possessing all the features of an idyllic haven. Equipped with the most opulent amenities, Standard Island travels the Pacific Ocean, traversing the south archipelagos and stopping at many "sister" islands for the pleasure of its well-heeled inhabitants. These inhabitants soon meet with the danger, in its various forms, that is inherent in ocean travel. Meanwhile, the French quartet is witness to the rivalry that exists between the two most powerful families onboard, a rivalry that keeps the future of the island balancing on the edge of a knife. First published in English in 1896, the novel was originally censored in translation. Dozens of pages were cut from the story because English translators felt they were too critical of Americans as well as the British. Here, for the first time, readers have the pleasure of reading The Self-Propelled Island as Verne intended it. "--"First complete translation of Jules Verne's science-fiction novel about a string quartet abducted onto a floating, man-made island inhabited by millionaires touring the archipelagos of the South Pacific"--

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