An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne

An Antarctic Mystery

By Jules Verne

  • Publication Date: 1897-01-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 74 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

An Antarctic mystery” is based on the classic tale of horror “Arthur Gordon Pym” by Edgar Allen Poe and serves as a continuation of the story although it must be noted that this is not a work of horror. Rather, “An Antarctic mystery” begins in 1839 with the lead character and narrator, Jeorling, on the Kerguelen Islands to study wildlife. He is ready to depart and learns that a ship, the Halbrane, is coming into port shortly. Jeorling is done on the island and wants to depart on the Halbrane with no particular destination in mind. The captain of the Halbrane, Len Guy, at first refuses but finally relents on the night before the ship sets sail. Jeorling is uncertain as to why the strange captain had a change of heart but he wants to leave so he happily sets sail aboard the ship the next morning.

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Latest User Reviews

  • An Antarctic Mystery

    By Pold'E
    Reads faster than most Jules Verne. Best read after first reading "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pyn of Nantucket", Poe's only novel. Verne's book expands on Poe's story. Both written before the discovery of Antarctica.
  • Edmund Charles

    By Ecke1955
    This book was a disappointment in that it failed to measure up to the past works of the Sci-Fi/adventure master, Jules Verne. The story is lethargic, the characters stoic and wooden and the temp of the story is slow. From a moderm perspective given the the knowledge gleamed from many polor explorers and scientific teams that ventured into the Antarctic, the entire story line and subsequent adventures are entirely impossible and hard for a modern day reader to fathom given the realities and dangers facing anyone venturing into the Antarctic who are ill prepared.
  • Antarctic Mystery

    Jules Verne is a well known fiction author. This was not one of his best works. The story is interesting especially for those who love sea stories. The plot and character development lack sufficient depth but nevertheless keep the reader hooked. The story unfolds too slowly, drags in some places and never builds to that great crescendo one expects from a master story teller. My rating is likely biased from comparing this story with the genius of Jules Verne's other great works.