Published in 1875, Jules Verne 's epic castaway tale is loaded with geography, meteorology, astronomy, hydrography, orography, chemistry, geology and by virtue of appearing first in serialized form ( as " The ecret of the Island "), the saga runs 193,266 words.
Verne does n't so much stop as he runs out of natural sciences to explore.The fanciful adventure begins above the Pacific Ocean on March 23, 1865 as a balloon is ripped apart by a stor.
Verne seems positively giddy at the prospect of leaving civilization and using his knowledge of the natural world to build a new one where the footprint of man has never been left.
The castaways later discover a watertight crate washed ashore with rifles, lead, gunpowder, tools, utensils and books, with no wreckage from a ship found.The Mysterious Island settles between Around the World In Eighty Days and Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, not quite science fiction until the final hapters, but a real attempt by Verne to try his hand at something different: a mystery.
Not only are these men the most stoic, resourceful and stout of heart men in fiction, but they 're apparently the friendliest as well! By virtue of Verne publishing this a chapter at a time as a serial, when read in one volume, the trilogy is a shor one.
While the character are monochromatic and the plot very slow to develop, Verne is clearly a geek for the ages when it comes to the natural sciences and he communicates that ardor clearly, and across many different fields of study.