Lighthouse at the End of the World

Lighthouse at the End of the World

Le Phare Du Bout Du Monde : the First English Translation of Verne's Original Manuscript

Book - 2007
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At the extreme tip of South America, Staten Island has piercing Antarctic winds, lonely coasts assaulted by breakers, and sailors lost as their vessels smash on the dark rocks. Now that civilization dares to rule here, a lighthouse penetrates the last and wildest place of all. But Vasquez, the guardian of the sacred light, has not reckoned with the vicious, desperate Kongre gang, who murder his two friends and force him out into the wilderness. Alone, without resources, can he foil their cruel plans? A gripping tale of passion and perseverance, Verne's testament novel paints a compelling picture of intrigue and heroism, schemes and calamities. The master storyteller returns here to the theme of civilization against its two oldest enemies: pitiless nature and men's savagery.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780803260078
0803260075
9780803246768
0803246765
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xxxviii, 168 p. : map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Butcher, William 1951-
Alternative Title: Phare du bout du monde

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Aug 15, 2015

Jules Verne wrote this story shortly before he died, but never had a chance to edit it and polish it. The introduction details his writing process and a history of this particular manuscript, which was revised and published by his son a few years later.

This book has the original manuscript, with a few alterations noted in pencil in the original work. While not revised by the author, it does have the kernel of a good story and good protagonists. I liked it more for it's potential than anything else. 2½ stars.

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