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Shelves: classics , science-fiction As with many of my pre-Goodreads books, the date read for this one is a best guess, but probably roughly accurate. By the time of the Civil War, of course, balloon flights were not science-fictional.
Verne was a practicing Roman Catholic. Bruce, in his review, discerns a deliberate symbolism here in which the island stands for the world, whose inhabitants are watched over and supplied by a beneficent Deity.
In any case, it could certainly be a legitimate reader-response criticism. And given the geological instability of the island, one could extend this symbolism to include Christian eschatology --but no spoilers here!
Fortunately, they have these in abundance! Their conflicts and challenges are basically with nature and with physical processes, rather than interpersonal. Verne is part of a literary tradition that tends to be more gadget-oriented than people-oriented; and this shows here. My literary preferences are more drawn to the human element, rather than the physical-technological. That accounts for my lower rating for this than for other SF works that focus more on character.
For me, this was often a less than riveting read, though readers more fascinated by learning about survival techniques and do-it-yourself technology might react differently. As a History major, I was put off by the inaccuracies in the way the Richmond setting of March was depicted. Richmond was never "besieged" by Grant or anybody else; and a Union prisoner would not have been free to walk around the city. Union officers were held in Richmond; but they were confined to Libby Prison.
Also, the tie-in with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea which I mentioned above has some chronological inconsistencies with the earlier book that I noted at the time I read this one, but which are hard to explain without a spoiler.
Die geheimnisvolle Insel
Schecks Kanon: Jules Verne, „Die geheimnisvolle Insel“