2008-08-07

Robur the Conqueror

Just completed. Reading went quickly. It reads like a travel guide--which, I think was intentional. However, the places / scenes don't hold allure - although, they probably did in Verne's time. Positives: The Albatross! I think for the time -- the concept was pretty revolutionary (no pun intended). The Weldon institute characters. Bring Robur down: even if it means their own deaths. Deficiencies: If I compare this with Michael S. or 5 Weeks in a Balloon--I'd have to say the action here is lacking. Likewise, I found his treatment of Frycollin rather upsetting. I would be interested in knowing if he wrote this before or after Mysterious Island.

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