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The Resource Invasion of the sea, Jules Verne ; translated by Edward Baxter ; edited by Arthur B. Evans ; introduction and critical material by Arthur B. Evans

Invasion of the sea, Jules Verne ; translated by Edward Baxter ; edited by Arthur B. Evans ; introduction and critical material by Arthur B. Evans

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Invasion of the sea
Title
Invasion of the sea
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Jules Verne ; translated by Edward Baxter ; edited by Arthur B. Evans ; introduction and critical material by Arthur B. Evans
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eng
Summary
"Written in 1904 when large-scale canal digging was very musch a part of the political, economic and military strategy of the world's imperial powers. Instead of linking two seas, as existing canals (the Suez and the Panama) did, Verne proposed a canal that would create a sea in the heart of the Sahara Desert. The story raises a host of environmental, cultural and political concerns, The proposed sea threatens the nomadic way of life of those Islamic tribes living on the site, and they decalre war."--Jacket
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  • Leading off Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series, Verne's 1905 techno-thriller debuts in English, rendered by Baxter with supple decorum and reinforced by editor Arthur B. Evans's thorough scholarly notes, bibliography and Verne mini-biography. Inspired by the rage for canal-building obsessing the world's imperial powers around 1904, this novel draws on an aborted 1874 French proposal for an inland "Sahara Sea," which would have involved digging a 200-kilometer Suez-type canal through Tunisia into eastern Algeria. Verne's self-confessed passion for travel writings and geographical detail illuminate the then-current events that Verne shaped into his fiction, but his deluge of scientific facts engulfs the story's slim teen-oriented literary content. Verne also radically shifts point of view, from the Tuareg tribespeople, who vow holy war against the foreigners because they will lose their lands to the inundation, to a European engineering expedition and its French military escort. Verne sympathetically focuses on the soldiers' heroic canine companion, Ace-of-Hearts, before plunging into an unlikely deus ex machina, producing a disjointed yet predictable narrative with negligible development of character and motivation except for the delightful dog. Students of early SF will appreciate Evans's and Baxter's efforts in bringing Verne's late work to light, but general audiences may find themselves swamped by Verne's quicksand of geographic minutiae. (Jan.) Forecast: Evans speculates that this last Verne novel wasn't translated earlier for political reasons as well as on account of tough competition from H.G. Wells's more sensational "scientific romances." While the appeal here is primarily scholarly, this reader-friendly edition, which reproduces the original illustrations, may well have enough curiosity value to garner some trade sales. --Staff (Reviewed December 24, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 52, p47)
  • This 1904 volume capped Verne's remarkable career (he died in 1905). Writing at a time when many of the world's top powers were busy building canals to link major bodies of water, Verne goes a step further and weaves a tale of a sea being created in the Sahara desert. This first English translation also includes numerous illustrations, textual notes, and other nice extras. When it comes to vintage sf, Jules rules! --Michael Rogers (Reviewed April 1, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 6, p131)
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contains biographical information
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068641
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1828-1905
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Verne, Jules
Dewey number
843/.8
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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bibliography
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  • Baxter, Edward
  • Evans, Arthur B
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True
Series statement
The Wesleyan Early Classics of Science Fiction series
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  • Verne, Jules
  • Culture conflict
  • Islamic countries
  • Sahara
Label
Invasion of the sea, Jules Verne ; translated by Edward Baxter ; edited by Arthur B. Evans ; introduction and critical material by Arthur B. Evans
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Note
Includes a short biography of the author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-250)
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  • sheet
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  • nb
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Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xx, 258 pages
Isbn
9780819564658
Lccn
2001043515
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780819564658
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Invasion of the sea, Jules Verne ; translated by Edward Baxter ; edited by Arthur B. Evans ; introduction and critical material by Arthur B. Evans
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes a short biography of the author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-250)
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xx, 258 pages
Isbn
9780819564658
Lccn
2001043515
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780819564658
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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