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Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne
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Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863)

by Jules Verne

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What would it be like to explore a largely unknown swath of the world--from the air? That's exactly what the intrepid explorers in Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon set out to do in this novel, an early entrant in the literature describing European exploration of Africa. Like many of Verne's novels, this tale is so richly detailed and historically accurate that you'll feel like you've actually come along for the ride.… (more)

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  Alba26 | Aug 22, 2019 |
Tenter de traverser l'Afrique d'est en ouest par la voie des airs, prétendre survoler dans sa plus grande largeur le dangereux continent noir à bord d'une fragile nacelle livrée à tous les caprices des vents, c'était, au temps de Jules Verne, une entreprise d'une audace incroyable. Comme on peut s'y attendre, les cinq semaines qu'il faudra au docteur Fergusson et à ses deux compagnons pour y parvenir seront pleines d'imprévu et de péripéties.
Ce roman passionnera ceux qui s'intéressent aux débuts de l'aéronautique et, en général, tous ceux qui aiment l'humour et la verve des "Voyages extraordinaires" dont Cinq Semaines en ballon ouvrait la série. Paru en décembre 1862, il eut un succès foudroyant, en France, d'abord, puis dans le monde.
  Haijavivi | Jun 9, 2019 |
Este relato ostenta el orgullo de ser la primera obra del ciclo que el propio Julio Verne tituló "Viajes extraordinarios" y reúne ya la mayor parte de los elementos que han hecho de su autor un clásico indiscutible. Cuando Verne acabó "Cinco semanas en globo" (1862) era muy conciente de haber creado "una novela de una forma nueva".

En la presente novela se aspira, indeleble, el aroma de la aventura, del descubrimiento de lo exótico y lo desconocido, de los espacios inexplorados donde la sorpresa aún es posible.

"El 15 de enero de 1862, el prestigioso diario británico Daily Telegraph se hacía eco de la siguiente noticia: 'Desde que el doctor Barth siguiera hasta el Sudán el camino trazado por Clapperton y Denham, o Livingstone viajara desde el cabo de Buena Esperanza hasta la cuenca del Zambeze, y los capitanes Burton y Speke, con el descubrimiento de los Grandes Lagos del interior, abrieran nuevas rutas a la moderna civilización, ninguna hazaña semejante había sido llevada a cabo.' "

El doctor Fergusson, un valiente explorador inglés, y dos compañeros, se lanzan a la aventura de un arriesgado viaje en globo. Fergusson propone atravesar África de Este a Oeste, para de paso, acrecentar los conocimientos sobre el continente negro.

Saben que se enfrentarán a un sinfín de peligros y dificultades, pero su amor a la ciencia y su férreo temple les ayudarán a sortearlos. ( )
  Haijavivi | May 31, 2019 |
Four years have passed since I read “Five Weeks in a Balloon” and all I remember about it is that it was slow, tedious, and neither characters nor plot engaged me at all. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jun 2, 2017 |
Finally, a superior translation of one of the great adventure novels, and the first entry in a major novelist's career. ( )
  PatrickMurtha | Aug 28, 2016 |
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There was a large audience assembled on the 14th of January, 1862, at the session of the Royal Geographical Society, No. 3 Waterloo Place, London.
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As for difficulties, they were made to be overcome; as for risks and dangers, who can flatter himself that he is to escape them?
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