A Voyage Extraordinaire with Jules Verne
Moreover, we must look upon what is to occur as having already occurred, and see nothing but the present in the future, for the future is but the present a little farther on." ~ Jules Verne (Five weeks in a balloon)
More than 150 years ago, in 1863, Verne published his first novel Five Weeks in a Balloon, and this is where our journey started - exploring Africa. Each novel I read in the order written, published and/or translated ending with Invasion of the Sea (1905). There may be space but not enough time to delve into each of his 86 novels so I have chosen my favorite journeys to share that I believe everyone should take also!
- Part I: The Children of Captain Grant (1868)
- Part II: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
- Part III: The Mysterious Island (1874)
A novel most unlike any of the others, in fact, if I didn't know this was written by Jules Verne I wouldn't have guessed! The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China (1879) is one to add to the list of must reads! The search for 'true' happiness when one has never felt it. Having never experienced struggle, discomfort, love... Kin-Fo creates the ultimate challenge in finding happiness and internal peace. A true masterpiece of work!
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The chance that now seems lost may present itself at the last moment."
One has to read most if not all Verne's complete works to realize that science and technology is not the only common link to be found. In almost every novel we were under the direct orders of a Captain - each one different from the next! There also exists a recurring theme in the exploration of the father - son relationship in all its ups and downs, strengths and weaknesses, mutual respect, and the love that withstands all trials!