View Full Version : Action Verne, Jules: Five weeks in a balloon v1 25 jan 2009


mtravellerh
01-25-2009, 11:24 AM
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.

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. The book gives readers a glimpse of the exploration of Africa, which was still not completely known to Europeans of the time, with explorers traveling all over the continent in search of its secrets.

Public interest in fanciful tales of African exploration was at its height, and the book was an instant hit; it made Verne financially independent and got him a contract with Jules Hetzel's publishing house, which put out several dozen more works of his for over forty years afterward.

This book is fully illustrated and features footnotes. No LRF format on this, because the LRF format didn't like the footnotes and the pagebreak system I have used for the benefit of PRC and Epub. If someone wants to make a valuable LRF, please ask for the source.

Jellby
01-25-2009, 11:40 AM
I wonder why the English version is "Action" and the French is "Science Fiction" :D

mtravellerh
01-25-2009, 11:45 AM
I wonder why the English version is "Action" and the French is "Science Fiction" :D

I've been known to give one single book four different tags. IT is "action", adventure", "travel", "sf" and "Historical Fiction". Just make your choice :D

Moe The Cat
01-25-2009, 03:25 PM
The link on this thread points to the French version. Is that correct, or is there an English version available?

mtravellerh
01-25-2009, 04:17 PM
oopsy daisy. Mee baaad! Sorry

Moe The Cat
01-25-2009, 04:23 PM
Perfect! Thanks for the good work.