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30 review for In Search of the Castaways

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rossy

    I read this one as a little girl and I remember I loved it! I want to read it again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    I hate to do this, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to give my beloved Jules Verne a mere 2 stars for this book. I have been huge fan of "The Mysterious Island" since I was probably 10 or 12, and when I found out this book was a prequel to "The Mysterious Island" I thought "why have I never heard of this book??!!". Well, now I know why. Not every book every successful author writes is worthwhile. The premise of "Captain Grant's Children" (also published under "In Search of the Castaways") is a m I hate to do this, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to give my beloved Jules Verne a mere 2 stars for this book. I have been huge fan of "The Mysterious Island" since I was probably 10 or 12, and when I found out this book was a prequel to "The Mysterious Island" I thought "why have I never heard of this book??!!". Well, now I know why. Not every book every successful author writes is worthwhile. The premise of "Captain Grant's Children" (also published under "In Search of the Castaways") is a mysterious message found in a bottle. The message was thrown into the sea by Captain Grant who has been shipwrecked and presumably marooned somewhere. The latitude is the only number legible, so a search along the 37th parallel south is begun. Lord and Lady Glenarvan fund the expedition and provide the yacht, bringing Mary and Robert Grant, the children of Captain Grant, with them. Sounds like the beginning of a fairly good adventure, yes? Well, alas there are complications. The characters are rather wooden and unnatural, and some of the situations are frankly absurd. We began reading this book aloud after I had asked for it as a Christmas present. We had to halt our readings when we got to the point where the party is hiking in Patagonia along the 37th parallel. Huddled in a hut (I said that on purpose for literary emphasis), half frozen because they have been forced to hike very high in the Andes, an earthquake suddenly turns the very ground into a moving avalanche of gravel and skree. The search party almost "ski" down the mountainside with the rubble from the earthquake. (absurd situation #1) When they reach the bottom of the mountain, they discover young lad Robert is missing while all the rest of them have somehow survived with only scratches (absurd situation #2). Searching for him they eventually see a large condor flying while carrying something. You guessed it.... the condor has young lad Robert gripped in its nasty talons!!! (absurd situation #3) Hoots of derision begin among the listeners, and then become howls of laughter when a native southern American named Thulcave sees poor young Robert and shoots the condor in flight (absurd situation #4) and the dead condor then continues to hold young lad Robert in his nasty pesky talons and falls like a parachute to the ground (absurd situation #5) delivering a stunned but otherwise safe young lad Robert to his friends (absurd situation #6). All this in about 10 pages. Up until Thulcave arrived on the scene, we had been rooting for the condor because young lad Robert was so annoying! Poor Jules Verne was trying out a theme that he developed more successfully in "Around the World in 80 Days" (published in 1873) and then also later in "The Mysterious Island" (published in 1874). But in this particular book, it just isn't really worth it. Read "The Mysterious Island" to find out about Ayrton and how he came to be on Tabor island.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    http://www.julesverne.ca/vernebooks/j... Isaac Dunaevsky, Overture to "The Children of Captain Grant" movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIAKO1... Lord Glenarvan, his new-wed wife, McNabb and Paganel agreed to go ahead And sail on board the "Duncan" yacht, to help the kids of captain Grant to find their missing Dad. This quest lead them around the Globe in search of Scottish sailor. They risked their lives so many times, yet kept their will and valor They knew "Britannia" shipwrecked at 37th parallel http://www.julesverne.ca/vernebooks/j... Isaac Dunaevsky, Overture to "The Children of Captain Grant" movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIAKO1... Lord Glenarvan, his new-wed wife, McNabb and Paganel agreed to go ahead And sail on board the "Duncan" yacht, to help the kids of captain Grant to find their missing Dad. This quest lead them around the Globe in search of Scottish sailor. They risked their lives so many times, yet kept their will and valor They knew "Britannia" shipwrecked at 37th parallel of south latitude ... From Glasgow "Duncan" put up sails to Chile's shore on route. Across the Andes they moved eastward, through snow and ice on foot, Though no trace of Grant was found there, they kept search attitude. Via Atlantic they've sailed away to "down under" land, The rugged wilderness - with jumpy kangaroo and snappy crocodiles. In false belief that captain's search comes near happy end, To no use they have traversed few hundred humid, hot Australian miles. Being tricked by Ayrton, in his hope to seize the ship - with help of pirates band, By hand of fate the travelers were sent to land on shore of distant New Zealand Just to be captured by the tribe of violent Maori. But don't worry, since we all know "a priori", That in the middle of the book, To keep the readers stay on hook, No matter how things went bad, Main heroes never will be dead. And here we go, in the near escape, Our heroes noticed their yacht, miraculously anchored off the cape, Where evil man has been disarmed and kept under arrest. With all the troubles put aside, good guys took time to rest. And finally, just passing by, on hardly noticed island, James Grant, alive and healthy, suddenly was found. The happy father reunited with his son and daughter, And yacht has rushed back home to dock at peaceful Scottish harbor water. This book was clearly my first admired boyhood's read. And it has planted in my brains romantic wisdom's seed - About courage and Jule Verne's good cause adventure creed, Without selfish treasure hunting weed - that spoiling purpose, driven by the greed. 1. Memorable 5 2. Social Relevance 1 3. Informative 4 4. Originality 5 5. Thought Provoking 3 6. Expressiveness 3 7. Entertaining 5 8. Visualization 5 9. Sparks Emotion 3 10. Life Changing (Pivotal, crucial, determining, defining, momentous, fateful, consequential, climacteric, transformational) 1 5,1,4,5,3,3,5,5,3,1 ======>> 35/10 = 3.5 http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/51...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyson

    I'll admit, the movie was/is one of my all-time childhood (and lets face it, adulthood too) favorites. So, I went into this book with certain expectations. Most were met, and it was engaging, exciting, and a very entertaining read. And about 3/4 of it (or more) had nothing in common with the movie, so I did not know exactly what was going to happen as I read it. My major complaints are few, and really not that major. Some of the slang was unknown to me; the verbiage was at times difficult to get I'll admit, the movie was/is one of my all-time childhood (and lets face it, adulthood too) favorites. So, I went into this book with certain expectations. Most were met, and it was engaging, exciting, and a very entertaining read. And about 3/4 of it (or more) had nothing in common with the movie, so I did not know exactly what was going to happen as I read it. My major complaints are few, and really not that major. Some of the slang was unknown to me; the verbiage was at times difficult to get through during the longer paragraphs and monologues. Overall, I'd say it felt pretty winded and could have used some additional editing/polishing. A more personal annoyance was the level at which religion was highlighted in the book, savages as groups were all described in generalities (hugely insulting ones), the women were largely useless and meek (and everyone spoke of this as though it was the right thing), and how on one line the characters talk about the native wildlife, and how it is about to go extinct, and in the next line they are desperately trying to hunt the elusive and rare creatures. Oh, also, Mary Grant's love interest is 30 (she is 16). These, I intellectually understand, are just products of the time period. But it doesn't make it any more enjoyable for me to spend hours reading about. But, as I always do with reviews, I am focusing on the negatives. The book really is great, and despite these regular little irritants, it is extremely enjoyable and generally well written. The characters (most of them) are well developed, and the relationships among them develop believably and naturally. Of note, the repartee between Paganel and McNabb is always great, and everyone's love and respect for young Robert (they never overtly pity or patronize him) is truly touching. In short, it made me want to travel around the world...all along the 37th parallel of course!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    3.5 As ever, it is quite an adventure to read a Jules Verne’s book. It always amazes me how much he knew about geography, zoology, history and botany, considering the time he wrote his books. I really liked the characters, which seems to be what I enjoy most about his books. And although I feel this book could have been a little bit shorter, I really enjoy it. Me gustan mucho los libros de Verne por toda la aventura que tienen, y nunca deja de asombrarme todo lo que sabía el hombre para la época e 3.5 As ever, it is quite an adventure to read a Jules Verne’s book. It always amazes me how much he knew about geography, zoology, history and botany, considering the time he wrote his books. I really liked the characters, which seems to be what I enjoy most about his books. And although I feel this book could have been a little bit shorter, I really enjoy it. Me gustan mucho los libros de Verne por toda la aventura que tienen, y nunca deja de asombrarme todo lo que sabía el hombre para la época en que escribió sus libros. Este libro en particular me pareció que podría haber sido un poco más corto. Algunos capítulos eran más descriptivos de lo necesario en mi opinión, pero sin embargo me gustó mucho. Lo que más disfruté fueron los personajes, y si mal no recuerdo es lo que suelo disfrutar más en sus libros.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ed Martin

    After watching the Disney version of the book, I decided to read the book. I thought it was a bit wordy but that seems to be the norm for 19th century writing. The characters were the same but Mary Grant had a much smaller part than in the movie. The ending seemed a bit anti-climatic and the last chapters rushed to tie up the loose ends in a quick neat bow. Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    SeRRo

    This is one of the classics that I read in my childhood. It had a lasting impression on me about sea voyage and was partly the reason why I wanted to be a seafarer as a child. It is a marvelous book that every teenager should read. Yet nowadays young readers seem to read some total nonsense these days.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gordon

    This is a wonderful adventure story. The character Jacques Paganel is an exceedingly hilarious character. Jules Verne does a wonderful job describing the various locales in this adventure. You almost feel like you have been to these places yourself.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Olesya Borovikova

    Beautiful book, remarkable. So many emotions and knowledge it gave to me. Despite that i read this trilogy in wrong order and knew some things about this story, however it was amazing. Thank you, Jules Verne, for you wonderful work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vin

    i've spent half of my reading time(including course books) reading the jules vern's novels in my childhood. he is a legend. very few people know about him. oh captain grant! what a book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    Another quite exciting Jules Verne classic, as usual!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eugeny Pessotski

    This book made my childhood.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Denlillebogblog

    1 stars. 1½ stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    john r shell

    A Geographic Lesson I learned more from this classic about the geography of the world than16 years of schooling. Plus it was an interesting read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Presley

    Another romping adventure by Jules Verne. This was a new book to me and I love it with a book immediately starts out with a great people, objects and an incredible mission. Not just a note in a bottle, the bottle is found in a shark! Immediately I was sucked in. There was fantastic adventures through Patagonia and Australia and New Zealand. Brushes with bandits, cannibals and the tribal people. In all of his writing, Verne comes off as respectful and full of admiration for the natives of the land Another romping adventure by Jules Verne. This was a new book to me and I love it with a book immediately starts out with a great people, objects and an incredible mission. Not just a note in a bottle, the bottle is found in a shark! Immediately I was sucked in. There was fantastic adventures through Patagonia and Australia and New Zealand. Brushes with bandits, cannibals and the tribal people. In all of his writing, Verne comes off as respectful and full of admiration for the natives of the lands he's writing about. He's full of information (as much as was available at that time) and does not hesitate to make fun of his own country, in the form of the French geographer, Paganel. A very satisfying, fun, educational read. I enjoyed it even more than 20,000 Leagues just because the descriptions of places were much more entertaining to me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marat Beiner

    I have tried to read this book, when I was somewhat about 12-13, and dropped. Too many detailed descriptions of every rock and tree the crew has passed. Today I've enjoyed these descriptions. The book covered a lot of places, and included a few cultures, and actually covered a gap which "Around the world in 80 days" has left (As I said in my review was a good book but lacked the depth which this book has). The book is good, a classic which is very recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    T.

    An entertaining story that is the background for an educational and interesting look at Patagonia, Australia and New Zealand, seen through the eyes of a great science fiction writer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Amazing! A really fun and engaging adventure!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lilly Holman

    Summary In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne is the story of a journey to find Captain Harry Grant, who had been shipwrecked and went missing two years prior. The search commenced when a bottle was found with a paper inside, which had information about his location and situation. However, this note was incomplete. It was made up of three different letters in three different languages, and each letter had words that were washed away and eroded to the point that they could not be read. Because Summary In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne is the story of a journey to find Captain Harry Grant, who had been shipwrecked and went missing two years prior. The search commenced when a bottle was found with a paper inside, which had information about his location and situation. However, this note was incomplete. It was made up of three different letters in three different languages, and each letter had words that were washed away and eroded to the point that they could not be read. Because of this, the clues had to be pieced together. This task was taken up by the brave Lord Glenarvan and his wife, who were full of sympathy for the two young children of Captain Grant, Robert and Mary, who were motherless and now were without a father. After investigating the letters, they concluded that Captain Grant and two other sailors were the only survivors of the wreck, and they were stranded somewhere on the latitude of 37 degrees. However, the note did not specify clearly which country they were in or continent they were wrecked on. This group, along with Captain John Mangles and a crew of sailors, started their journey on the ship The Duncan. Along the way, they pick up a french geographer named Jacques Paganel, who helped them to decipher the clues further. Based on their conclusions from the notes, they started their search on the South American continent, but eventually ended up circumnavigating the globe along the 37th parallel. Along their journey, they also traveled to the Australian continent, as well the savage-invested island of New Zealand. The small search party experienced many trials on their trip, and faced life or death situations several times, growing closer and more courageous as they persevered. My Experience Overall, I think this book was worth reading. It has a strong plot that is interesting and intriguing, and it is detailed enough that it feels as if you are on the excursion yourself. Although I am glad I have read this book and I can add it to the list of Jules Verne books that I’ve read, I didn’t enjoy as much as his other works. There were many points in the story where I was very bored and waiting for something interesting to happen. This is probably a result of this book being a record of a trip, so it makes sense that there would be lulls in action along the way. However, it was still difficult to continue through these parts even though I knew this. This book was full of details, as is typical with Jules Verne’s writing style. It was similar to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the sense that it is a detailed account of their journey. I did enjoy this aspect of it, because it made you experience the story line like the characters did. Overall, I am happy that I read this book and even though I enjoyed it less than other works of Verne, I am still looking forward to reading more of his books. Theme Throughout this book, this small group of courageous sailors, children, and friends continue to search for Captain Grant. They persevered through all of the dangers and struggles, and they never gave up hope. This attitude continues through their entire journey, and because of this I would say that the big idea in this book is the bond of family and loyalty. There were many times during this book where the characters could have easily given up and turned back. They could have gone back to their normal lives, and spared themselves the danger and injuries and pain, but they didn’t. They continued on, and all for the sake of young Mary and Robert, who even after two years on their own, still desperately loved and missed their father. In the beginning, it was these two children that were the root of this expedition. They came to Lord Glenarvan and his wife to learn the fate of their father, and they were told that there was still hope for him. Because of this, Lord Glenarvan and his wife found a new sympathy for them, which gave them courage to take on this journey. Like Lady Helena said, “Let us go, Edward; let us start off and search for Captain Grant” (Verne 19). And during those moments when they could have given up, they were kept going by not only their sympathy for Mary and Robert, but also by the love they had for Captain Grant. They felt that they owed this to him, and they felt like he was family to them after becoming like family with his children. They felt an undying loyalty to him. As said by John Mangles, “Rather than abandon our search, I will resume it alone! I will either find Captain Grant or perish in the attempt” (Verne 257). Every member of the group was willing to die in order to rescue Captain Grant, and this shows in every action and decision that they make. The bonds of family are the cause of this commitment, and this theme is consistent throughout this storyline.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David Hines

    This is one of Jules Verne's many great adventure books and it won't disappoint anyone who likes Verne's writings even though it is not as well known as some of his other works. A message found in a bottle in the ocean results in a Scottish lord undertaking a voyage to try to rescue a shipwrecked captain whose two children accompany him on the voyage along with the lord's wife, an intrepid army officer, and a French geographer who mistakenly embarks on the voyage. Like many of Verne's works, a l This is one of Jules Verne's many great adventure books and it won't disappoint anyone who likes Verne's writings even though it is not as well known as some of his other works. A message found in a bottle in the ocean results in a Scottish lord undertaking a voyage to try to rescue a shipwrecked captain whose two children accompany him on the voyage along with the lord's wife, an intrepid army officer, and a French geographer who mistakenly embarks on the voyage. Like many of Verne's works, a lot can be learned about geography and culture of the time from reading this book, as the adventurers land in South America, Austrailia and other places and they go from exciting event to exciting event. Now if you are politically correct, like most of Verne's books, this work harbors the bias of the 1860s and 1870s. Females are helpless and need protection and help. The characters are highly nationalistic. Natives are uneducated brutes. But it is an accurate portrayal of the way the times actually WERE in the 1860s and 1870s! This is a good solid Verne adventure that any fan of his will enjoy and it is a shame this book is not more known and more widely available today.

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Mann

    As part of my resolution to read all of Verne in the original French, this volume comes as a real high point. Verne can range from pure adventure to pure humor; this book lands squarely on the adventure side. As to the plot, let's just say a message in a bottle leads to an epic search around the globe for a lost sea captain. Verne, who appears to have been an expert on everything (and usually incorporates his persona as a character in each book, this one no exception), can sometimes go too heavy As part of my resolution to read all of Verne in the original French, this volume comes as a real high point. Verne can range from pure adventure to pure humor; this book lands squarely on the adventure side. As to the plot, let's just say a message in a bottle leads to an epic search around the globe for a lost sea captain. Verne, who appears to have been an expert on everything (and usually incorporates his persona as a character in each book, this one no exception), can sometimes go too heavy on scientific exposition (witness 20000 lieues sour les mers), but the balance is right here. Hugely enjoyable book, one of his best.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    Excitement to terror, can’t be laid down I read Mystery Island followed by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea before reading this and have decided the should be read in that sequence. Wonderful stories, filled with a full range of emotions delivered as one might a well structured geography lesson. Every student should have his education capped by this splendid display of the value and use of a complete educational journey.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Prandlt Meyer

    Not the best work by JV. A massive, mostly boring book with lot of information added for content that does not benefit the story whatsoever. The progress of the heroes is so slow, it seems you’re going back in time. It’s one of those that if you read the first and last 30 pages, you don’t lose much overall.

  24. 4 out of 5

    M Skaja

    The story events were changing too fast at first, especially in South America, and maybe be due to that there was a lack of details of environment description and adventures heroes faced, but on the other side the whole story turned out very easy-going and enjoyable to read. As for me the image of Jacques Paganel totally fits with the image of scientist-adventurer, which I liked a lot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nana Dona

    "Yes... here metals do not get rust on them by exposure to the air, nor men. Here the pure, dry atmosphere whitens everything rapidly, both linen and souls" "He did not urge Thalcave longer, but simply pressed his hand. Nor could he find it in his heart to insist, when the Indian, smiling, as usual, would not accept the price of his services, pushing back the money, and saying 'For the sake of friendship'" "the fewer one's comforts, the fewer one's needs; and the fewer one's needs, the greater one "Yes... here metals do not get rust on them by exposure to the air, nor men. Here the pure, dry atmosphere whitens everything rapidly, both linen and souls" "He did not urge Thalcave longer, but simply pressed his hand. Nor could he find it in his heart to insist, when the Indian, smiling, as usual, would not accept the price of his services, pushing back the money, and saying 'For the sake of friendship'" "the fewer one's comforts, the fewer one's needs; and the fewer one's needs, the greater one's happiness." (Geographer)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marty Nicholas

    Minus one star for the archaic translation. Interesting premise that Verne will carry through the next two in the series. If you read this book, find a good, modern translation. Mine was $.99 on Kindle and was an early stilted translation. Same for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lin

    This book could be quite an excitement, especially at the time it was written. However, it probably had inspired generations of adventurous story writers and many plots in this grand adventure can be found in novels and screen adaptions by others in later years. For modern readers, I suggest going for other Verne books (e.g. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, the Mysterious Island, etc.) if you are looking for excitement. Stay with this one if you want to appreciate This book could be quite an excitement, especially at the time it was written. However, it probably had inspired generations of adventurous story writers and many plots in this grand adventure can be found in novels and screen adaptions by others in later years. For modern readers, I suggest going for other Verne books (e.g. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, the Mysterious Island, etc.) if you are looking for excitement. Stay with this one if you want to appreciate the geographic description of the south hemisphere and some reference on Scottish colonization.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brian Hurst

    It had some clever twists and unexpected developments, but it was so long, geez. And also it didn't seem like the actual message that Captain Grant had put in the bottle corroborated that much with what the rescuers had surmised.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Thao

    Excellent for travelers' mind

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara Ab

    A gold mine for adventure readers like me. I always enjoyed Jules Verne's stories but this one is the best by far. one star is missing, lost in the middle of some descriptive paragraphs.

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