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by Jules Verne

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I read this work for two reasons: because I am a fan of the history of early explorations, and because I was interested in reading Verne's attempt at non-fiction.

As to the historical content, the book is replete with most (but not all) of the iconic early explorers- Columbus, Magellan, Cortes, Pizaro, Vespucci, Hudson, et al. While the work is now dated, it nonetheless provides a decent summation of those men and their accomplishments.

However, I was disappointed at Verne's style. Unlike his works of fiction, this book was somewhat tedious and lacked any real insight.

A decent overview at the time, but surely not one of his better efforts. For fans of Verne, stick to his classic science fiction. For those wanting to explore historical non-fiction, better go elsewhere. ( )
  la2bkk | Feb 8, 2014 |
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"Histoire des grands voyages et des grands voyageurs" is often split into three parts; this work is volume 3, "Les Voyageurs du XIX Siecle."
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Casting a visionary eye over the 18th century, Jules Verne traces navigation to the first astronomers and cartographers in this monumental history of early expeditions. Assessing the influence of Captain Cook and his predecessors in the first part of the book, he then introduces the reader to the remarkable efforts of French navigators across the globe in a gripping narrative.

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