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am 28. Juni 2000
A very difficult yet satisfying book to read, this build slowly from utter bleakness to an enthralling sense of wonder. Having seen the 1961 movie, I was astonished at how LITTLE of the book actually made it to the screen-- and there were NO monsters here! Ironically, the trained orangutan-butler that would have been at home in a Disney film was one of the things left out of the film version. Having been surprised that the book 20,000 LEAGUES actually left Captain Nemo's background a total mystery right to the end, Verne finally reveals his true identity here-- and one can tell nobody in Hollywood's been reading this book. While it basically stands on its own, Verne's MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is actually a sequel to 2 previous books: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, and the more obscure CAPTAIN GRANT'S CHILDREN, the latter of which I believe served as the inspiration for the Disney film IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS! With Verne's interest in minute detail, I came away feeling this book could serve as not only a rousing adventure story, but as a wonderful manual for anyone wanting to start a new civilization completely from scratch.
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am 3. Mai 2000
Technically, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is Jules Verne's sequel to his brilliant 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. In reality, the only part of MYSTERIOUS ISLAND that really makes it a seqeul is the fact that a few pages are used to reveal the secrets of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Except for those few pages, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND stands on its own. You can read and understand MYSTERIOUS ISLAND even if you have not read 20,000 THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. However, since both of the books are so good, I recommend reading both of them anyway.
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is about several people who are stranded on a deserted island. Throughout the course of the book, these people use their minds to develop technology to keep themselves alive and to make their lives better. This book is very rich and imaginative with many ideas. Also a lot of the story concerns the people finding different animals on the island. Basically, whenever a new kind of animal was discovered, the primary concern was how to capture it and kill it and eat it. I myself am a vegetarian, but I still was able to relate to and appreciate the joy and happiness that the people had anytime they found a new kind of animal. Anyway, this book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.
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am 23. November 1999
I'm 14 and just recently checked this out at the library. I assure you I'm not that avid of a reader. But this copy being 500 pages long, I wouldn't put it down since page 335. The book is about 5 Civil War prisoners in Richmond. The escape in a balloon and find themselves stranded on this island. Adventure, wonder, tragedy, and humor ensue. Unfortunately I couldn't imagine out a map, but Verne's descriptions were beautiful, and very imaginative. This is also a very character-driven book. You could even love Top, their dog. It hooked me on as well. I felt very satisfied when they established Granite House, I smiled when Pencroft was presented a cigar, almost cried when Herbert was shot, and did cry for a few seconds when Nemo ... and one of Verne's other beautiful creations, the Nautilus, an alter-ego of Nemo ... below. Words can't describe how good this book it is, and I reccomend it to everyone.
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am 19. Juni 2000
In the tradition of Robinson Crusoe but unmistakenly Jules Verne, Mysterious Island depicts human ingenuity, resilience and nature.
Harding, with his crew, step by step recreates civilization in its purest form. That includes the element of human organization in its simplest and most effective form. The society is made up of members who are earnest, friendly and selfless and a leader who is trustworty, compassionate and unassuming.
Jules Verne, throughout his books, portrayed his main characters as decent and noble. His personal view may be that all humans are decent underneath. Only when subjected to ills of over-civilization, they become destructive.
Mysterious Island is not only enjoyable with interesting plot with scientific support, but it is also uplifting in human spirit. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages.
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am 23. September 1997
Mention Jules Verne, and books that spring to mind are 20,000 Leagues, Around the World in 80 days, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. The Mysterious Island is one of his lesser known works, which is something of a mystery itself.
The book surpasses one's imagination and never fails to surprise. From the initial pages when Capt. Cyrus Harding and his friends decide to escape from a prison camp, the story seizes the complete attention of the reader, and unfolds at a pace and in a direction excelling Jules Verne's characteristic stories. The spirit and ingenuity of man is demonstrated in almost every page, as Cyrus and Co. find themselves marooned on a deserted island, and armed with only their wits, transform their desperate situation into a wonder world of science and technology. The reader is drawn into the adventure and finds himself trying to find solutions to the problems and obstacles that lie in plenty for the castaways, as Cyrus and his indomitable friends surmount myriad problems in their fight for survival. They are aided in their ventures by an uncanny and eerie source that remains a mystery until the very end.
This book cannot fail to fascinate and inspire awe in the mind of any reader. One begins to grasp the marvels and inventive genius behind the simple daily conveniences and devices that are normally taken for granted. The line between reality and fantasy is incredibly thin, and for sheer reading pleasure and boundless adventure, this book will never cease to please.

PS: The book has been adapted into a movie, which is one of the worst adaptations of any novel that I have ever had the misfortune of viewing. It is criminal to even mention the movie and the original work in the same breath.
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am 4. November 1998
I never knew this book existed until I found out about it at amazon.com. Otherwise, I would have devoured it a long time ago. Robinson Crusoe was a book I loved and wished would never come to an end and The Mysterious Island is written in the same vein. The beginning of the book seemed to move along slowly for me but towards the middle and ever after, I couldn't put the book down. There were a number of things in the beginning that I felt were a bit unbelievable but forgivable. Maybe that is because I was never very good at building things as these men are. If you are an engineer type, this book could be a real inspiration. Later on in the book, the adventurers (an exceptional lot) have more and more unexplainable things happen to them and I guess that is what kept me glued. That and the delight of making it totally on ones own in an island wilderness. I liked how the group of five stuck together and got along so well. Even helping others out. Isaac Asimov comments at the end were very insightful and helped to shed some light on our human response to this type of book.
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am 6. Oktober 1996
This is one of the best adventure novels ever written. It's silly
to try to describe it as the end of Captain Nemo's story; that's
a very minor feature, and has little to do with why this book
is thrilling.

Here's what really happens: Captain Cyrus Harding and some others escape
from a Civil War prisoner camp in a balloon, are blown out to sea, and land
on an unoccupied island. On it, they try to survive, and succeed pretty
well. They also try to recreate much of the technology they had, which
I found fascinating. It's the old "make the tools to make the tools"
game.
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am 6. Oktober 1996
This is one of the best adventure novels ever written. It's silly
to try to describe it as the end of Captain Nemo's story; that's
a very minor feature, and has little to do with why this book
is thrilling.

Here's what really happens: Captain Cyrus Harding and some others escape
from a Civil War prisoner camp in a balloon, are blown out to sea, and land
on an unoccupied island. On it, they try to survive, and succeed pretty
well. They also try to recreate much of the technology they had, which
I found fascinating. It's the old "make the tools to make the tools"
game.
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am 23. Mai 1998
The Mysterious Island is a very good book, in that it is packed with various small adventures and interesting and accurate descriptions of various inventions, that amazed me. WHen I finished the book, I almost wanted to live on Lincoln Island (before it got blown up by the volcano. I think it has a very good length, because the story doesn't take two days to read, and it never made me wish there was more detail or adventure. In conclusion, this book was one of the best I have ever read. (Also, it's cool finding out that stuff about Captain Nemo after having read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!)
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am 27. Februar 1999
hello, my name is gili and i`m from israel, i have reded "The Mysterious Island" in the hebrew version of it and i want to read it in the english version. when i was eight (about 3.5 years ago) i was looking for an interesting book so i looked at the nearest library in the teen-age section and i suddantly saw it "The Mysterious Island" so i took it home and started reading at the beginningit was a little bit boring, but from chpter three it started to thriling and i was reading at rate of about five to six hours per day. i finshed it after four days
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