The Kip Brothers

The Kip Brothers

by Jules Verne
     
 

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Castaways on a barren island in the South Seas, Karl and Pieter Kip are rescued by the brig James Cook. After helping to quell an onboard mutiny, however, they suddenly find themselves accused and convicted of the captain’s murder. In this story, one of his last Voyages Extraordinaires, Verne interweaves an exciting exploration of the South Pacific with a

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Castaways on a barren island in the South Seas, Karl and Pieter Kip are rescued by the brig James Cook. After helping to quell an onboard mutiny, however, they suddenly find themselves accused and convicted of the captain’s murder. In this story, one of his last Voyages Extraordinaires, Verne interweaves an exciting exploration of the South Pacific with a tale of judicial error reminiscent of the infamous Dreyfus Affair. This Wesleyan edition brings together the first English translation with one of the first detailed critical analyses of the novel, and features all the illustrations from the original 1902 publication.

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Publishers Weekly

This first English translation of Verne's awkward hybrid of travelogue and coded detective story, originally serialized in 1902, centers on Dutch brothers Karl and Pieter Kip. In the novel's first part, which details nautical journeys around various Australian and New Zealand islands, the English captain Harry Gibson, of the James Cook, rescues the shipwrecked Kips. When mutineers Flig Valt and Vin Mod kill the captain, it's Karl and Pieter who are convicted and who spend the novel's second part trying to escape a horrible Australian penal colony. Descriptions of exotic destinations from Verne's own travel books help compensate for the lack of compelling characters. As for the detective story, readers know the murderers' identities, but not how they will be revealed, and the abrupt resolution turns on the manipulation of a photograph. Though readers hoping for an exciting adventure tale won't find it, this will nonetheless delight Verne enthusiasts with its scholarly commentary and original black-and-white illustrations. (May)

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"This first English translation of Verne's...hybrid of travelogue and coded detective story...will...delight Verne enthusiasts with its scholarly commentary and original black and white illustrations."—Publishers Weekly

"With the publication of The Kip Brothers and The Mysterious Island, it is no longer possible to dismiss Verne as a 'children’s author'…. Revealing the sociological, scientific, historical, and geographic breadth of his vision, these titles provide room for critical speculation for years to come."—Janice M. Bogstad, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819567048
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
05/21/2007
Series:
Early Classics of Science Fiction
Edition description:
Trans. from the French
Pages:
514
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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William Butcher
“The Kip Brothers is a model of scholarship, thanks to its scrupulous fidelity, with the nuances of meaning perfectly carried over into English. The critical apparatus is informed and intelligent.”
Paul Alkon
“This nicely annotated translation allows Anglophone readers their first access to a revealing manifestation of Verne’s imagination, his political awareness, his interest in the emerging technology of photography, and his role in the evolution of science fiction.”

Meet the Author

JULES VERNE(1828–1905) was the first author to popularize the literary genre that has become known as science fiction.

ARTHUR B. EVANS is the series editor of Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series and professor of French at DePauw University. He is also the managing editor of Science Fiction Studies.

STANFORD L. LUCE is professor emeritus of French at Miami University in Ohio.

JEAN-MICHEL MARGOT is recognized worldwide as an expert on Verne and is a past president of the North American Jules Verne Society.

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