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by Jules Verne

  • ISBN: 0554284111
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BiblioLife; Large type / large print edition edition (August 18, 2008)
  • Pages: 324 pages
  • FB2 size: 1590 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
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Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen (French: Cinq semaines en ballon) is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, published in 1863

Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen (French: Cinq semaines en ballon) is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, published in 1863. It is the first novel in which he perfected the "ingredients" of his later work, skillfully mixing a plot full of adventure and twists that hold the reader's interest with passages of technical, geographic, and historic description.

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Five Weeks In A Balloon Or, Journeys And Discoveries In Africa By Three Englishmen. Compiled From The French By Jules Verne, From The Original Notes Of Dr. Ferguson. His countenance was coldly expressive, with regular features, and a large nose-one of those noses that resemble the prow of a ship, and stamp the faces of men predestined to accomplish great discoveries. His eyes, which were gentle and intelligent, rather than bold, lent a peculiar charm to his physiognomy.

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view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Needless to say, Jules Verne's grasp of ballooning was about as vague as his knowledge of the interior of Africa. Even a rudimentary knowledge of aerostatic theory reveals that the amount of lift generated by the amount of hydrogen in the balloon in FWIAB would have fallen short by about half a ton. In other words, Verne's 'Victoria' would undoubtedly have turned out to have been the original 'Lead Zeppelin'. CreateSpace Indie Print Publishing Made Easy. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion.

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Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen is an 1863 novel by Jules Verne The book gives readers a glimpse of the exploration of Africa, which was still not completely known t. .

Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen is an 1863 novel by Jules Verne. It is the first Verne novel in which he perfected the "ingredients" of his later work, skillfully mixing a plot full of adventure and twists that hold the reader's interest with passages of technical, geographic, and historic description.

More books by Jules Verne. It's the story of 3 men crossing Africa (then not fully explored at the time) in a balloon (a novel method at the time). 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas (2nd version). So it's basically fiction since no man had crossed that part of Africa and no one had succeed in taking a long trip in a balloon. As a result you have to take his geography and even his science in stride. It has been worked out by others that his balloon could never have made the trip and we now know that his description of that part of Africa was fanciful.

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Reviews about Five Weeks in a Balloon (Large Print Edition) (7):
Friert
Five Weeks in a Balloon was the first novel that made Jules Verne famous. Published in 1963, it is, like all his other famous works, the story of a fantastic journey. In this case, the journey is across what was then known as 'Darkest Africa' in a balloon. All of Verne's great books are about journeys of one sort or another; either Around the World in 80 Days, to the Center of the Earth, beneath the sea in a submarine, through the sky in some form of airship, to the Moon in a cannon shell or, in the case of Michael Strogoff, merely overland across Russia and Central Asia.

Verne has often been called the first science-fiction writer. Perhaps that description is actually quite appropriate, because much of Verne's 'science' is pretty much 'fiction'. That is certainly the case in FWIAB, which was written at a time when the average reading public's knowledge both of the interior of Africa and of ballooning were sketchy at best. There was a reason why people used to refer to interior of Africa as 'Darkest Africa' or 'The Dark Continent', and it had nothing to do with 'race'. Up until the mid 1800s few outsiders had ever been farther inland than a few miles from the coast, so that most of the continent was still a blank space on the map. At the time when Verne wrote FWIAB the newspapers were becoming filled with stories of dauntless explorers penetrating the mysteries of the 'Dark Continent', so it was a natural subject for a fantasist such as Verne. However, at the time the book was written most of the interior of the continent was still unknown, so don't expect to use FWIAB as a source for geographical accuracy. For example, Verne describes a region of arid, water-less desert a position where the Congo River actually is, not that anybody would have known the difference at the time.

Since ballooning was an equally new and exiting activity, it was a natural choice to combine the two. Needless to say, Jules Verne's grasp of ballooning was about as vague as his knowledge of the interior of Africa. Even a rudimentary knowledge of aerostatic theory reveals that the amount of lift generated by the amount of hydrogen in the balloon in FWIAB would have fallen short by about half a ton. In other words, Verne's 'Victoria' would undoubtedly have turned out to have been the original 'Lead Zeppelin'.

Technicalities notwithstanding, what the reader will find here is a charming 'flight of fancy' to strange places with three dauntless, 19th-Century British explorers. Don't look for 21st-Century sensibilities or Dostoyevskian themes and character development, because you won't ever find those things in any of the works of Jules Verne. In other words, so long as the reader doesn't expect too much, just a pleasant story about a fantastic adventure, then the reader won't be disappointed.
Nuadador
It can be fun to read how the writers of the past imagined things and places they had never seen and experienced. But unlike Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" or "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", "Five Weeks in a Ballon" (FWiaB) is overloaded with history and anecdotes from this era, when Africa was being explored. In many chapters there is far too much fact and not enough imaginative fiction, for me anyway. Due to this, it was difficult to separate fact from fiction. This blurring is sometimes a fine literary tool, but here when describing the natives and their customs I found it difficult to read.

As intelligent and accurate as Verne is with his science, he obviously has no idea about hunting, dressing, butchering, and cooking wild animals. Very laughable. Also amusing is the oh-so-cordial way that Verne's characters treat each other. A much more polite time perhaps. Or maybe only in Verne's imagination?

I much prefered his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to this book. 20K earns five stars to FWiaB 's three stars
Kelenn
I read this book on my kindle after it being recommended to me by a coworker. I enjoy a variety of books and this classic is no exception. I love the idea of travelling across Africa in a balloon and guessed from the beginning that there would be some adventures and troubles along the way. The way the book is written can be a bit much for the casual reader. I nearly gave up on it in sheer boredom when the mechanics of the balloon were described in sickeningly tedious detail. The only reason I kept going was because my coworker promised it would enthrall me. I cannot say that it enthralled, but it did keep me reading until I was rooting for the characters to complete their quest and be on the ground and safe. My hero in the book is the gentleman who is clearly a slave, but he is the most amazing person, full of courage and heart. I do hate the ending, but it was worth my time to experience it. It will be worth your time as well.
Hǻrley Quinn
For Jules Verne's first novel, this is remarkably well-developed. I enjoyed it more than 20,000 Leagues and about as much as the Mysterious Island (a boyhood favorite).

I understand that this is a satire of the African explores and their constant oneupmanship. I've read some of those journals and appreciated Verne's idea of sailing his men far over Livingstone, Burton, and Speke' expeditions in a balloon.

The protagonists' attitudes and references to the Africans seem horribly pejorative to the modern reader (especially one living in Africa), but Verne stoops no lower than the common views of 1863.

The best commendation I can give about this is that it made me want to build my own hydrogen balloon and try to recreate this journey. Some of his scenes were a bit contrived (how did the wind move the balloon in just the right direction to save Joe?) But others were believable enough that it made me wonder what lengths Verne went to in his research.

Definitely worth reading for fun.
Iphonedivorced
not on the level of Mysterious Island, 20,000 Leagues, Around the World in 80 days by any shot, actually kind of boring
I don't know the chronology of his books, but my guess is that this was an early offering, and probably in serial form,

cover of book is most exciting thing about it

a real disappointment

sort of like the old joke, about 3rd prize being three weeks in Dogtown, and 1st Prize being one week in Dogtown

much better if it were one week in his balloon

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