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They laughed at his ideas of heavier-than-air flying machines. But he had the last laugh with the Albatross — the most incredible flying machine ever built. Lord of the skies, Robur became the would-be conqueror of the world! A fascinating companion to 20, Leagues Under the Sea, Robur the Conqueror explores many of the same themes. The Wildside Press edition contains a They laughed at his ideas of heavier-than-air flying machines. The Wildside Press edition contains a newly revised version of the first English-language translation.
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Lists with This Book. Aug 02, Pramod Nair rated it liked it Shelves: This volume from Verne describes the adventures of Robur – a wannabe conqueror of the w Robur the Conqueroralso known as The Clipper of the Clouds is a science fiction from Jules Verne written in along jlues similar lines of his masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. This volume from Verne describes the adventures of Robur – a wannabe conqueror of the world and a great inventor juless and Albatrosshis incredible heavier-than-air flying machine.
While describing the technology of Albatross and the science of flight, as usual we can recognize the high level of imagination that Verne is renowned for. His visions about the future of aerial navigation and rotary-winged flights which are described in the book almost twenty five years before the feat by Wright Brothers deserve applause by being highly ingenious. A few more inputs from Verne on why the aircraft was made and about the personality and motives of Robur along with some more adventures could have raised the narrative to a more exciting level; still a volume to pursue for a true fan of his voyages extraordinaires.
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Robur the Conqueror
Have you got any character development or memorable dialogue? Of course I haven’t got any bloody character development or memorable dialogue, this is a bloody Jules Verne novel! But I have got an Albatross What flavour is it? It isn’t any fucking flavour, it’s a fucking heavier-than-air flying machine. But everything’s got a flavour. Alright then, it’s fucking Captain Nemo flavour.
Can I get it without racism? No, you can’t get it without bloody fucking cocksucking racism.
I’ll take two of them. View all 3 comments. The review from afar — No. Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for any non-technical reading. I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg: Robur the Conqueror is a scientific fiction story about the inventor of a marvelous heavier-than-air craft in the time when lighter-than-airships e. One must remember that Jules Verne wrote the story inalmost twenty years before the Wright brothers made their first successful powered flights.
I suspect that the studio liked that title better, as it has more impact — even if you know nothing about the story. The text and the movie have several similar elements, but they are not even close to identical. Robur, the brilliant mind who has created the engines and power systems that let his machine fly for months without refueling.
Think helicopter blades that only provide lift and ordinary prop plane propellers for directional thrust. In both stories he captures some people who get to ride along with him for several months not unlike Kirk Douglas and company in 20, Leagues Under the Sea while he is attempting to convince them of the superiority of his technology the book or his attitude towards humanity the movie.
While the book is a good tale I think that the movie script is clearly more filmable — especially for an audience that cares more about action, adventure, and spectacle rather than the debate over lighter-versus-heavier than air ships. Three point five 3. You can get this book for free from the Gutenberg Project site.
Jul 26, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: This certainly is not Jules Verne ‘s best book. Take a group of characters involved in ballooning called aerostats in the book and a strange Captain Nemo look-alike called Robur who has a heavier than air ship called the Albatross, which is an “aeronef,” very like a sort of an elaborate helicopter. When Philadelphia’s Weldon Institute, headed up by Uncle Prudent I kid you not and Phil Evans have a meeting preparatory to launching a giant balloon called the “Go-Ahead,” the meeting is interrupt This certainly is not Jules Verne ‘s best book.
When Philadelphia’s Weldon Institute, headed up by Uncle Prudent I kid you not and Phil Evans have a meeting preparatory to launching a giant balloon called the “Go-Ahead,” the meeting is interrupted by a strange character who mocks them all for being so old fashioned.
After the meeting, Prudent and Evans are kidnapped by the self-same strange character, who is none other than Robur the Conqueror. He takes the two, along with Frycollin, Prudent’s black valet, who is treated by Verne with condescension approaching and surpassing racism. The odd thing is that I can understand the motives of none of the characters.
Why does Robur bother with a couple of old poofters who are wedded to an outdated technology? And why are Prudent and Evans so idiotic that they do not recognize that their moment in the history of science is past?
I only one I understand is Frycollin, who is terrified and just wants to survive. The Master of the World. I’ll probably take a look at it in the upcoming months. May 29, Marley rated it did not like it. The only positive thing I found in this book was the description of The Albatross. It’s classic Jules Verne, describing in detail a flying machine years before the Wright Brothers, with a round-the-world journey in the bargain. However, I can’t review this story without pointing out the really disturbing levels of racism repeated in it.
It was published in a time when you are tempted to dismiss racist language as “just a product of the time” and yet, it’s not just an offensive turn of phrase here The only positive thing I found in this book was the description of The Albatross. It was published in a time when you are tempted to dismiss racist language as “just a product of the time” and yet, it’s not just an offensive turn of phrase here and there.
The book repeatedly mocks a character, described as being “half a Mussulman, half a Brahman” for being vegetarian. A character who apparently hails from the wrong region of France is dismissed with, “but what reliance could be placed on the information given by this Gascon? Being only one and twenty, he had never been a slave, not even by birth, but that made no difference to him. Grinning and greedy and idle, and a magnificent poltroon. Loud were his cries when the mate and one of the men seized him and tied him into a tub, which they hitched on to a rope The Negro at first thought he was going to be hanged.
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Not he was only going to be towed! It is implied that they are only joking as they are not in any actual danger of starvation, but it’s a bizarre threat to make against someone who is already distraught with fear. There’s also some bizarre “science” going on in this story. One passage seems to imply that Verne believes that tornado is just another name for hurricane “Whether it be called a hurricane, as in the Atlantic Some friend or editor had conquerpr taken him to task for this as he adds the justification that the hurricane was strangely This may perhaps explain why the eddying storm suddenly turned into a straight one.
But what a hurricane! I think the thd passage is a fair example of thr dull the narrative was as well. Adding exclamation points doesn’t make it any more exciting. The story makes frequent references to historical people and events some of which were fairly recent events at the time of publication and I spent a sizable amount of time sidetracked by Wikipedia looking up more information on the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster, the nation of Dahomey, Giovanni Caboto, and so on.
All of which was a more interesting read juls the book itself. Jan 14, Anfenwick rated it it was ok Shelves: I disliked the racist aspect of the book which consists mostly of systematically using the African American character for comic effect. I know Verne systematically makes juls of people on the basis of their national backgrounds but we still swallow that down.
I also know the Verne books were meant to be didactic. Nearly half of this one is given over to describing the earth seen from above. I I disliked the racist aspect of the book which consists mostly of systematically evrne the African American character for comic effect. In the 21st century we’re likely to prefer the pictures. Verne es mas detallado que Google Earth en esta novela. Me ha gustado mucho.
Aug 18, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it. La idea es la misma: A los otros personajes les pasa lo mismo: Lo mejor del libro es el combate final entre la aeronave conqeuror el aerostato: