By Jules Verne

First whole English translation of Verne’s debut novel from 1863

One of the nice “first novels” in global literature is now to be had in an entire, actual English translation. ready by way of of America’s top Verne students, Frederick Paul Walter and Arthur B. Evans, this version honors not just Verne’s farseeing technology, but in addition his zest, type, and storytelling brilliance. first and foremost released in 1863, 5 Weeks in a Balloon was once the 1st novel in what could develop into the author’s "Extraordinary Voyages" sequence. It tells the story of a 4,000-mile balloon journey over the mysterious continent of Africa, a visit that wouldn’t really happen till good into the subsequent century. Fusing experience, comedy, and technological know-how fiction, 5 Weeks has the entire key materials of vintage Verne: sly humor and cheeky characters, an leading edge medical invention, a tangled plot that’s jam-packed with suspense and shock, and visions of an unknown realm. As a part of the Early Classics of technological know-how Fiction sequence, this severe version beneficial properties huge notes, all of the illustrations from the unique French variation, and an entire Verne biography and bibliography. 5 Weeks in a Balloon should be a prized addition to libraries and technological know-how fiction studying lists, and a must-read for Verne fanatics and steampunk connoisseurs.

“Five Weeks in a Balloon counts one of the dozen Verne books which are the main fascinating for contemporary readers and critics, or even in French, no annotated or severe variation has ever seemed. Walter is on the vanguard of up to date translators.”—William Butcher, writer of Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography

“A bold experience with large dollops of geographical, technological, and medical details, touches of humor, and a sluggish build-up through one interesting incident after one other. this can be crucial studying for Verneans in addition to the go-to textual content for traditional readers looking a correct translation of 1 of Verne’s hottest and critical novels.”—Michael Dirda, writer of Classics for excitement and On Conan Doyle

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I have to disown my past? Shrink from obstacles that are trivial? ” “But . ” continued Kennedy, who got a lot of mileage out of this conjunction. “But,” the doctor kept on, “can’t you see that my journey has to compete with the achievements of undertakings already in progress? ” Dick sighed and took a look. “Follow the Nile upstream,” Fergusson said. “I’m following it,” the Scot replied meekly. ” And Kennedy thought how easy such a journey was . . on a map. ” “I’m there. ” “This. The Royal Geographical Society sees it as very important to explore this lake that Speke glimpsed.

Anyhow you’re coming with us,” Joe went on. ” Kennedy said. “In other words, I’ll go along and at the last minute I’ll keep Samuel from committing this piece of lunacy! ” “With all due respect, Mr. Kennedy, you won’t be stopping anything. ” “Don’t get your hopes up. But the main thing is, you’re coming. For a hunter like you, Africa’s a marvelous country. ” * Suburb south of London. ” “Like jockeys. Only don’t worry, you won’t have to slim down if you’re too heavy. ” “I’m positively not getting weighed,” the Scot said firmly.

This book has a twofold audience: first, INTRODUCTION xxix the countless general readers who think Verne is fun to read, a population ranging from school kids to scientists to oldsters with fond memories. This new translation is particularly meant for them and works to balance the two methodologies Kieran O’Driscoll describes in his recent study of Verne in English: in brief, my text began life as a “highly accurate, source- oriented, imitative” rendering, which I then polished using “informal, idiomatic language” (251–52).

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