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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jules Verne was the first author to popularize the literary genre of science fiction.
Written in and part of the author’s famous series Voyages Extraordinaires, The Mighty Orinoco tells the story of a young man’s search for his father along the then-uncharted Orinoco River of Venezuela. The text contains all the ingredients of a classic Verne scientific-ad Jules Verne was the first author to popularize the literary genre of science fiction.
The text contains all the ingredients of a classic Verne scientific-adventure tale: The Mighty Orinoco also includes a unique twist that will appeal to feminists — readers will need to ofinoco it for themselves. This Wesleyan edition features notes, and a critical introduction by renowned Verne scholar Walter James Miller, as well as reproductions of the illustrations from the original French edition. Paperbackpages. Published December 12th by Wesleyan first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Mighty Orinocoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 05, Dave rated it really liked it Shelves: The series is impressive, and this edition is no exception.
As with all the Voyages Extraordinaires, Verne builds an adventure story off of a solid scientific base. Where that account leaves off, Verne is forced to invent, but for the vast majority of the story, Verne’s descriptions of the river, rapids, flora, fauna, and human communities were all extremely accurate.
It is easy for us today to not think of this novel as science fiction or scientific fiction as Verne called it ; however, in the days before satellites and space ships taking pictures of the Earth, matters of geography were definitely of scientific interest.
While Verne endeavored to create a solid scientific basis for this story, there is much more to it then simply the search for the origin of the river. In addition to ornioco search for the source of the river by M. Varinas, there is a parallel story of the search by Jean Kermor and Sergeant Martial, who claim to be an uncle and nephew, searching for Colonel de Kermor who is supposed to be the father of Jean. Sergeant Martial tries to keep Jean and himself separate orimoco the other travelers, but as they are following the same path for different reasons, there is no choice but for the groups to interact.
Along the way they find Jacqus Helloch and Germain Paterne, and now the main characters are together sobervio most of the journey. Verne does have some twists in the story, but unlike today’s writers, he provides so many clues as to what these twists are, that the reader is well ahead of the characters.
Still, it would not be fair to include any spoilers here, and so I will refrain from going into any further details of the story. One of the interesting themes which Verne touches on in this book is race and racism. At times, the reader has to forgive what appear to be racist comments in the text.
On the other hand, Verne does have a significant number of characters from the “lesser” races in positions of unusual authority. One has to wonder if Verne isn’t well ahead of his time in showing that the racist stereotypes are false. The novel is divided into two sections. The first section introduces most of the major characters, and they are together. It ends when the group reaches San Fernando, and with the revelation of one of the big secrets. The second section takes us the rest of the way, and in addition to the story lines which have already been mentioned, the story line of a group of outlaws and renegade Indians interweaves with the other story lines more and more.
The pace of this story will feel slow, especially when compared with modern fiction. The book runs pages, and those who don’t like all the detail with which Verne fills the chapters will probably not care for it much. On the other hand, those who have read and enjoyed other Verne stories should enjoy this one.
This is the first English edition of this ell, translated by Stanford L. As with the other books in the Early Classics of Science Fiction, there is some supporting material as well.
Professor Miller also provides some excellent notes for the story. View all 3 comments. Definitivamente, Verne se desenvuelve muy bien con las historias de viajes y aventuras, con giros argumentales muy a su estilo. Jan 25, Richard Crooks rated it really liked it. Published as a part of the Voyages Extraordinaires.
Tried to follow the expedition on Google maps. Place names altered or disappeared in years, and the map published in the book took off in odd directions compared to actual satellite photos.
Maps then contained a lot of guesswork. Found enough reference points in common to follow the story. Apr 25, Alex Rojas rated it really liked it. Un gustazo leer a Julio Verne relatar elementos de Venezuela de una vernne tan minuciosa y bien contada.
Jun 02, Luis D’hers rated it it was ok. Por cultura general es recomendable leerlo. Libro recomendado de Verne. Les amateurs de Jules Verje.
The Mighty Orinoco
Toutefois ces abattages constituent pas une raison valable de conseiller au jeune lecteur de ne pas lire ce roman. This is one of Verne’s later books and as in most of his novels he uses up-to-date research to build the background. Jean Chaffonjon explored the Orinoco River and its basin in the late 19th century and Verne creates a story using the elements of his discoveries. In this case we have 3 set of travelers who meet along the Orinoco and join forces.
There is the team of 3 geographers trying to find the source of the Orinoco, there is an uncle on nephew looking for a lost family member and there is a This is one of Verne’s later books and as in most of his novels he uses up-to-date research to build the background.
There is the team of 3 geographers trying to find the source of the Orinoco, there is an uncle on nephew looking for a lost family member and there is a pair of scientists on an expedition to explore the river. The geographers are a bit of comic relief since they do nothing but argue. The uncle and nephew are the soul of the story. Jean de Kermor is searching for his father who has been lost for years, he is helped by his uncle sergeant Martial who is extremely protective of the nephew.
Jean is absolutely devoted to the search for the father. They later meet Jacques Helloch and his friend Germaine Paterne and join forces.
Along the way Jean’s secret is disclosed. I enjoyed this novel more than most. The writing is spare and modern. Still it is a novel of the 19th century. Verne wasn’t a racist but he was as man of his time and if you are bothered by non-PC speech, don’t bother berne this.
The Mighty Orinoco (Extraordinary Voyages, #45) by Jules Verne
Jul 15, J. Two separate groups of travelers arrange passage up the Orinoco River of Venezuala but end up traveling mostly together. The first group is 3 mapmakers who argue soberbik over the actual origin of the Orinoco and which are it’s tributaries.
The second group, a young man and his older companion, are much more mysterious about their objectives.
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They’ll say only that they are seeking a certain man who is said to have gone up the same river many years before. This man they are seeking turns out to Two separate groups of travelers arrange passage up the Orinoco River of Venezuala but end up traveling mostly together. This man they are seeking turns out vernd be the father of the young man, and the young man turns out to actually be Along the way they face dangerous rapids and unfriendly savages, as well as treasonous porters.
While I was hoping soberbo an old-fashioned adventure, I was rather bored by the story. To make it worse, the secrets and surprises were pretty obvious, and there just wasn’t much excitement. While I found “The Mysterious Island” to be very interesting in spite of a generally slow pace, this book was just plain slow. This is a book probably best enjoyed by rabid Verne fans. May 09, Rex Libris rated it liked it. While Verne is most known for science fiction, this work is a more “mundane” regular adventure story, along the lines perhaps of Around the World in 80 Days.
An uncle and nephew travel up the Orinoco to locate the long lost father of the boy. Along the way they meet up with some scientists trying to discover he origin of the Orinoco, some French naturalists just generally scouting Venezuela, and an escaped convict traveling incognito. The big twist in the story is the nephew is not the son of the While Verne is most known for science fiction, this work is a more “mundane” regular adventure story, along the lines perhaps of Around the World in 80 Days.
The big twist in the story is the nephew is not the son of the missing man, but the daughter. She travels disguised as a boy to avoid all julii the orrinoco that might otherwise be encountered if she sallied forth as a woman. Y mejor no hablemos de la parte “amorosa”. Histoire simple, pour ado je dirais, mais qui nous fait bien voyager au Venezuela, au temps de Jules Vernes. Un classique si vous etes amenez a voyager sur l’Orenoque. Federico Enni rated it really liked it Oct 02, Valeria Cseh rated it liked it Feb 26,