Lighthouse at the End of the World

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Fiction - 168 pages
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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.
 

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Lighthouse at the end of the world = Le phare du bout du monde: the first English translation of Verne's original manuscript

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Written in 1905 and 1885, respectively, these are tales of survival and revenge. In Lighthouse, Vasquez, keeper of a lighthouse at the bottom of South America, is forced to flee a band of cutthroats ... Read full review

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Contents

Inauguration
1
Staten Island
10
The Three Keepers
19
Kongres Gang
30
The Schooner Maule
41
At Elgor Bay
50
The Cavern
61
Repairing the Maule
70
After the Wreck
89
The Wreckers
99
Leaving the Bay
110
Two Days
119
The Sloop Santa Fe
129
The End of the Story
139
Notes
147
Copyright

Vasquez
79

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\Jules Verne (1828?1905), the most translated author in the world, wrote The Meteor Hunt (Nebraska 2006). In this first-ever publication in English of Verne?s original manuscript, leading Verne scholar William Butcher not only translates magisterially but provides a full critical edition with penetrating literary analysis and revealing annotation. Amongst Butcher?s many publications are Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography and editions of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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