Five Weeks in a Balloon

Five Weeks in a Balloon

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by Jules Verne
     
 

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What would it be like to explore a largely unknown swath of the world -- from the air? That's exactly what the intrepid explorers in Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon set out to do in this novel, an early entrant in the literature describing European exploration of Africa. Like many of Verne's novels, this tale is so richly detailed and historically

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What would it be like to explore a largely unknown swath of the world -- from the air? That's exactly what the intrepid explorers in Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon set out to do in this novel, an early entrant in the literature describing European exploration of Africa. Like many of Verne's novels, this tale is so richly detailed and historically accurate that you'll feel like you've actually come along for the ride.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412156523
Publisher:
eBooksLib
Publication date:
04/21/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
345 KB

Meet the Author

Jules Gabriel Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. As a child, he would watch the many ships on the Loire River, sparking his imagination. He was so fascinated with the idea of having an adventure that he stowed away on a ship bound for the West Indies, but his father was waiting for him at the next port and promptly returned him home.He later went to Paris to study law and began writing the text for operettas and other theater work. When his father discovered he was writing instead of studying law, he pulled his financial support, so he was forced to take a job as a stockbroker. In 1857, Jules was married to Honorine de Viane Morel, a widow with two daughters. In 1861, they had their only child together, a son named Michel.By 1863, his writing was beginning to sell and become profitable, prompting him to write at least two books per year. By 1874, Verne was rich and famous, and purchased a ship to sail around Europe.Shot in the leg by his own mentally ill nephew in 1886, he developed a life-long limp, then became an elected official in 1888. Verne passed away on March 24, 1905, at the age of 77, in Amiens, France, from diabetes.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 8, 1828
Date of Death:
March 24, 1905
Place of Birth:
Nantes, France
Place of Death:
Amiens, France
Education:
Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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