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The Green Ray

By Jules Verne, Karen Loukes (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 223 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2009
This new edition of "The Green Ray" brings the rarely available title by the famous French author Jules Verne to a new generation. The mysterious scientific phenomenon of the green ray is unpredictable and elusive. When Helena hears of its apparent mystical effects on the mind and soul she enlists her uncles and two very different suitors, one artist and one amateur scientist, to find it. They travel to Scotland to seek to catch a glimpse of green rays which shoot out from the sunset. Their numerous attempts are always unsuccessful, thwarted by clouds or boats blocking the sun, until finally the phenomenon is visible, but they are no longer watching the horizon.

About the Author

Jules Verne was born in 1828, in Nantes, France. In 1847 he studied Law in Paris, but this was not his main passion in life. He enjoyed writing more than anything, and his first play was published in 1850. He was Scottish on his mother's side and developed a profound interest in Scotland. Also a keen geographer, he spent many hours in Paris libraries studying engineering and astronomy researching his first novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, which was published in 1863. A year later he published one of his most famous novels, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was published in 1873. He wrote prolifically through the rest of his life (54 novels) and died in 1905.

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Though his work is still well known, Verne principally is remembered for only a handful of books. He was quite prolific, however, often producing two novels per year for several decades. Alas, most of it is not available in English. This 1882 work is part adventure story, part romance, as heroine Helena Campbell rejects all suitors until she personally sees the mysterious green ray, which supposedly will guide her to true love. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'It is a charming literary work, very sweer, very simple and very sensitive.' - PIERRE-JULES HETZEL 'Of all Verne's novels, The Green Ray most closely follows his own travel... written with affection and personal recollection... close to his heart.' - PROFESSOR IAN THOMPSON

EAN: 9781905222124
ISBN: 1905222122
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
Dimensions: 19.91 x 13.06 x 1.42 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Excellent book. A classic. Recommended reading for all those interested in French Esoteric Scene.

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