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The Mysterious Island
Cover page of The Mysterious Island
Author Jules Verne
Original title (if not in English) L'Île mystérieuse
Illustrator Jules Férat
Country France
Language French
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Hetzel
Released 1874
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN NA
Map of "Lincoln Island"
Map of "Lincoln Island"
Cyrus Smith blessing Captain Nemo on his death bed in The Mysterious Island
Cyrus Smith blessing Captain Nemo on his death bed in The Mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island (original title: L'Île mystérieuse) is a French novel by Jules Verne, published in 1874. The original edition, by Hetzel, contains a number of illustrations by Jules Férat. The novel is a sequel to Verne's famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways, though thematically it is vastly different from those books. Download high resolution version (1302x2082, 788 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Jules Verne. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Categories: Stub ... 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Download high resolution version (1443x2208, 664 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1443x2208, 664 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1497x2346, 973 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1497x2346, 973 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Cyrus Smith blessing the Captain Nemo on his death bed in Mystery Island Cyrus Smith (named Cyrus Harding in some translations) was one of the protagonists of Jules Vernes novel Mysterious Island. ... // Captain Nemos first appearance Captain Nemo is a fictional character featured in Jules Vernes novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and The Mysterious Island (1874). ... Jules Verne. ... Pierre-Jules Hetzel. ... Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne (1828–1905), published in 1870 under the title Vingt mille lieues sous les mers. ... Cover page of In Search of the Castaways In Search of the Castaways (original title Les Enfants du capitaine Grant, The Children of Captain Grant) is a novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1867-1868. ...

Contents

Plot summary

The book tells the adventures of Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. The story begins in the American Civil War, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. As famine and death ravage the city, five northern prisoners of war decide to escape in a rather unusual way – by hijacking a balloon. Australasia Australasia is a term variably used to describe a region of Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Nickname: The River City Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (D) Area    - City 62. ... Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (traditional) The Bonnie Blue Flag (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Government Republic President...


The five are Cyrus Smith, a railroad engineer in the Union army, his African-American manservant Neb (short for Nebuchadnezzar), who Verne repeatedly states is not a slave but instead a loyal butler, the sailor Pencroft and his protegé Herbert Brown (a young boy whom Pencroft raises after the death of his father, Pencroft's former captain), and the journalist Gideon Spilett. The company is completed by Cyrus' dog 'Top'[1]. Cyrus Smith blessing the Captain Nemo on his death bed in Mystery Island Cyrus Smith (named Cyrus Harding in some translations) was one of the protagonists of Jules Vernes novel Mysterious Island. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... In this map:  Union states prohibiting slavery  Union territories  Border states on the Union side which allowed slavery  Kansas, which entered and fought with the Union as a free state after the Bleeding Kansas crisis  The Confederacy  Confederate claimed and sometimes held territories During the American Civil War, the Union... An African American (also Afro-American or Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Nebuchadnezzar was the name of several kings of Babylonia. ...


After flying in stormy weather for several days, the group crash-lands on a cliff-bound, volcanic, unknown (and fictitious) island, located at 34°57′S 150°30′W about 2,500 km east of New Zealand. They name it "Lincoln Island" in honour of American President Abraham Lincoln. With the knowledge of the brilliant engineer Smith, the five are able to sustain themselves on the island, producing fire, pottery, bricks, nitroglycerine, iron, a simple electric telegraph, a home in stone called the "Granite House", and even a sea-worthy ship. They also manage to find their geographical location. Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American politician elected from Illinois as the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party. ... Nitroglycerin (also nitroglycerine, trinitroglycerin, or glyceryl trinitrate) is a chemical compound, a heavy, colorless, poisonous, oily, explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol. ... Telegraphy (from the Greek words tele = far away and grapho = write) is the long distance transmission of written messages without physical transport of letters, originally over wire. ...


Throughout their stay on the island, the group has to overcome bad weather, and eventually adopts and domesticates an orangutan, Jupiter, abbreviated to Jup. Type Species Simia pygmaeus Linnaeus, 1760 Orangutan distribution Species Pongo pygmaeus Pongo abelii The orangutans are two species of great apes with long arms and reddish, sometimes brown, hair native to Indonesia and Malaysia . ...


The mystery of the island seems to come from periodic and inexplicable deus ex machinas: the unexplainable survival of Smith from his fall from the balloon, the mysterious rescue of his dog Top from a wild dugong, a box full of equipment (guns and ammunition, tools, etc...), the finding of a message in the sea calling for help, and so on. Deus ex machina is a Latin phrase that is used to describe an unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot (e. ... Binomial name Dugong dugon (Müller, 1776) Natural range of . ...


Finding a message in a bottle, the group decides to use a freshly-built small ship to explore the nearby Tabor Island, where a castaway is supposedly sheltered. They go and find Ayrton (from In Search of the Castaways), living like a wild beast, and bring him back to civilization and redemption. Coming back to Lincoln Island, they are confused by a tempest, but find their way to the island thanks to a fire beacon; which no one seems to have lit. Tabor Island is the French name for the phantom island otherwise known as Maria Theresa Reef. ... Castaways may need to survive on a desert island. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Cover page of In Search of the Castaways In Search of the Castaways (original title Les Enfants du capitaine Grant, The Children of Captain Grant) is a novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1867-1868. ...


At a point, Ayrton's former crew of pirates arrives at the Lincoln Island to use it as their hideout. After some fighting with the heroes, the pirate ship is mysteriously destroyed by an explosion, and the pirates themselves are found dead, apparently in combat, but with no visible wounds.


However, six of the pirates managed to survive and even manage to considerably injure Herbert through a gunshot. Herbert then, after recovering, contracts a disease called malignant fever and is saved by a box of sulphate of quinine, which mysteriously appeared on the table in the Granite House.


The secret of the island is revealed when it turns out to be Captain Nemo's hideout, and home harbour of the Nautilus. // Captain Nemos first appearance Captain Nemo is a fictional character featured in Jules Vernes novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and The Mysterious Island (1874). ... The Nautilus, as pictured in Mystery Island The Nautilus was the fictional submarine featured in Jules Vernes novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. ...


It turns out having escaped the Maelstrom at the end of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the Nautilus sailed the oceans of the world until all its crew but Nemo had died. Presumably the other crewmen perished from natural causes. Now an old man with a beard, Nemo returned the Nautilus to the island where the submarine had supposedly originally been built. [2] Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne (1828–1905), published in 1870 under the title Vingt mille lieues sous les mers. ...


All along it was Captain Nemo who had been the savior of the heroes, provided them with the box of equipment, sent the message about Ayrton, planted the mine that destroyed the pirate ship, and killed the pirates with an electric gun. Nemo dies of old age and the Nautilus is scuttled to be Nemo's tomb.[3]


Eventually, the island explodes in a volcano eruption, and the castaways, warned by Nemo, find themselves at sea on the last remaining boulder of the island that is above sea level. They are rescued by the Duncan ship, come to pick up Ayrton, and itself informed by a message left on Tabor Island by Nemo.


Notes

  1.   In the French original, some characters were named a little differently: Gédéon Spillet, Nabuchodonosor (Nab) and Harbert Brown. In some English editions, the engineer is named Cyrus Harding.
  2.   It is interesting to know that while the book was written in 1874, its events take place from 1865 to 1867. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was written between 1869 and 1870 and records the voyages of the Nautilus between 1867 and 1869. This means that the Captain Nemo appearing in the 'mysterious island' dies BEFORE the Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea takes professor Aronnax on his underseas expeditions. Also, when the captain reveals himself to the castaways, Cyrus Smith recognizes him and the Nautilus from the descriptions in Aronnax' journals (the famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), which are still another four years from appearing! There is generally a note in the book admitting date discrepancies.
  3. While Verne envisioned a chemical process to generate electricity for Nemo's Nautilus from sea-water, Cyrus Smith - in reply to a question regarding the durability of the Earth's supplies of coal - forecasts that in the future mankind will split water into hydrogen and oxygen to derive energy from it. Thus, Jules Verne predicted the fuel cell in 1874.
  4. It is a curious coincidence that the geographical location of the Mysterious Island is almost exactly that of Ernest Legouve Reef, which appears to be a phantom island.
  5. At some times the engineer Cyrus Smith comments on the difficulties of making the precision tools needed, for instance, for making firearms. This is actually more a limitation on the engineer's vast ability, which is more turned to chemistry, than a true limitation of the resources the castaways had in the island. The creation of precision machines from scrap is described in detail in David J. Gingery's books.

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Film and TV adaptations

 Lobby Card for the 1929 version of The Mysterious Island which was filmed in Technicolor
Lobby Card for the 1929 version of The Mysterious Island which was filmed in Technicolor
  • 1929: a USA all-color feature (survives only in black and white) with sound effects and music . Filmed as a silent but a talking sequence was added to the beginning and brief talking sequences were integrated into the film. Directed by Lucien Hubbard with Benjamin Christensen and Maurice Tourneur.
  • 1941: a USSR production, directed by Eduard Pentslin.
  • 1951: directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
  • 1961: directed by Cy Endfield, also known as Jules Verne's Mysterious Island
  • 1973: La Isla misteriosa y el capitán Nemo (L'Île mystérieuse), directed by Juan Antonio Bardem and Henri Colpi: a TV miniseries featuring Omar Sharif as Captain Nemo
  • 1982: a Hong Kong production by Cheh Chang
  • 1995: a short-lived Canadian television series
  • 2005: a TV movie featuring Patrick Stewart as Captain Nemo

Image File history File linksMetadata Mysteriousisland1929. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Mysteriousisland1929. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... The Mysterious Island, directed by Lucien Hubbard, is the 1929 film adaptation of Jules Vernes French novel LÃŽle mystérieuse (The Mysterious Island), published in 1874. ... Lucien Hubbard (December 22, 1888 – December 31, 1971) was a film producer and screenwriter. ... Mysterious Island (Russian: Таинственный остров) is a USSR film adaptation of the 1874 novel by Jules Verne, LÃŽle mystérieuse. ... Mysterious Island is a 1951 film adaptation of the 1874 novel by Jules Verne, LÃŽle mystérieuse. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mysterious Island (UK: Jules Vernes Mysterious Island) is a film made in 1961 by Morningside Productions. ... Cyril Raker Endfield (November 10, 1914 – April 16, 1995) was an American screenwriter, film director, theatre director and sometime inventor, based in Britain from 1953. ... LIle Mysterieuse / La Isla misteriosa y el capitán Nemo / Die Geheimnisvolle Insel (The Mysterious Island) is a 1973 European TV miniseries production adapted from Jules Vernes novel LÃŽle mystérieuse. ... Juan Antonio Bardem (2 June 1922 Madrid - 30 October 2002 Madrid) was a Spanish screen writer and director, best known for Muerte de un Ciclista (1955) which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. ... Henri Colpi won the palme dor at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival for the Luis Bunuel-directed film Viridiana(1961). ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Omar Sharif (Arabic: ‎, translit: ) (born April 10, 1932) is an Egyptian actor who has starred in many Hollywood films. ... Mysterious Island is a 1982 Hong Kong film adapted from Jules Vernes novel LÃŽle mystérieuse. ... Mysterious Island is a Canadian television series based on Jules Vernes novel LÃŽle mystérieuse. ... Mysterious Island is a 2005 TV film based on Jules Vernes novel LÃŽle mystérieuse. ... Patrick Stewart, OBE, (born July 13, 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor and Vice-Chancellor of Huddersfield University. ...

Other references

  • The computer game Myst was also inspired by Verne's book.
  • The computer game Return to Mysterious Island (2004) is an adventure game sequel to the story. Its heroine, Mina, is shipwrecked alone on the uncharted island, and finds several of the bodies of the previous inhabitants, including Captain Nemo (whom she buries). She finally escapes by locating the Nautilus and disabling the island's defences.
  • The ABC TV series Lost may be influenced by Verne's book. For instance, the 105-year-old orangutan Joop, part of an experimental project conducted by the fictitious Hanso Foundation, is probably a reference to the orangutan Jup from the book.
  • The WizKids CSG Pirates of the Spanish Main feaures an expansion titled "Pirates of the Mysterious Islands." It includes Verne-inspired submarines, as well as mysterious islands with varied features. It includes appearances by The Nautilus, Professor Aronnax, Ned Land, Captain Nemo, and more Verne characters.

The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Nadia — the heroine of the series. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Myst (or MYST) is a graphic adventure computer game designed and directed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller. ... Return to Mysterious Island is an adventure game for the PC based on Jules Vernes novel Mysterious Island. ... This is an article about the video game genre. ... The Nautilus, as pictured in Mystery Island The Nautilus was the fictional submarine featured in Jules Vernes novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tokyo DisneySea is a theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside of Tokyo. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Lost is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning serial drama television series that follows the lives of a group of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, somewhere in the South Pacific. ... In the fictional world of the television series Lost, The Hanso Foundation was formed by arms purveyor Alvar Hanso, who turned his attention from keeping the world safe through the development of sophisticated weapons systems to focus instead on the development of new technologies to create a brighter future for... Pirates of the Spanish Main is a tabletop game with aspects of both miniatures and collectible card genres. ... The Nautilus, as pictured in Mystery Island The Nautilus was the fictional submarine featured in Jules Vernes novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. ...

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