Invasion of the Sea
Jules Verne, celebrated French author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days, wrote over 60 novels collected in the popular series "Voyages Extraordinaires." A handful of these have never been translated into English, including Invasion of the Sea, written in 1904 when large-scale canal digging was very much 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 concerns -- environmental, cultural, and political. The proposed sea threatens the nomadic way of life of those Islamic tribes living on the site, and they declare war. The ensuing struggle is finally resolved only by a cataclysmic natural event. This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices and an introduction by Verne scholar Arthur B. Evans, as well as reproductions of the illustrations from the original French edition.
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Review: Invasion of the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages #54)User Review - Marty - Goodreads
The Mysterious Island and Around the World in Eighty Days were great Jules Verne reads. Both convinced me that this was a storyteller I had to frequently revisit. Next, I took up 20,000 Leagues Under ... Read full review
Review: Invasion of the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages #54)User Review - Jean - Goodreads
I disliked the first Verne book I read and did not read anymore for ages. What I was too young to realize was that the early translations slaughtered his works, omitting much of the science. Invasion of the Sea was interesting but I preferred his earlier work. Still, it is worth the read. Read full review
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