The Survivors of the Chancellor: “It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.”

The Survivors of the Chancellor: “It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.”

Jules Gabriel Verne was born on February 8th, 1828 on Île Feydeau, a small artificial island on the Loire River in Nantes. His father wanted his son to take over the family law practice. Jules started along this course and despite graduating with a licence en droit in January 1851 was soon diverted by the lure of literature and by his own ambitious talents in this direction. He wrote for the theatre and for magazines and soon with the publication of his first novel; Five Weeks in a Balloon on January 31st, 1863 he had begun his career as an admired and popular author. For many, many years the works flowed, usually no less than and often more than two volumes per year. His meticulous research and imaginative setting and narratives soon established him as a top selling author and he became both famous and wealthy. By publishing firstly as a serialised book and then as a complete book sales swelled as did his reputation. His earnings increased further due to the runaway success from the stage adaptations of Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1874) and Michel Strogoff (1876), Strangely he was overlooked for honours. He was not even nominated for membership of the Académie Française. After the death of both his mother and Hetzel, Jules began to publish darker works but still at a prodigious rate. In 1888, Jules entered politics and was elected town councillor of Amiens, and then served for fifteen years. Jules was now entering the last period of his life. His works continued to flow albeit at a slower pace. His reconciled with his son, Michel who now became an active contributor to his father’s works and, when the senior Verne died, would continue to contribute and publish his father’s works, ensuring that the work was kept in the public eye and the legacy preserved. On March 24th, 1905, while ill with diabetes, Jules Verne died at his home at 44 Boulevard Longueville, Amiens. As a legacy Jules Verne is forever remembered as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’. With his rigorous research Jules was not only able to make his works realistic but also to project forward and predict many new things that would eventually come to pass – either in real life or as the basis for others to use in their own science fiction. Extraordinary indeed.

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    The Survivors of the Chancellor: “It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.” Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Survivors of the Chancellor (Extraordinary Voyages, #13), Jules VerneThe Survivors of the Chancellor: Diary of J. R. Kazallon, Passenger is an 1875 novel written by Jules Verne, about the final vo...

  • Pramod Nair

    A highly satisfying nautical adventure from Jules Verne. The novel is written from a first person perspective and narrates a great tale of tragedy, mystery, and suffering through journal entries made ...

  • Shabneez

    I finished Le Chancellor on friday but forgot to update goodreads.I liked it. And the illustrated version was on point. It's been a long time since I had picked up an 'adventure' book. It felt nice. 3...

  • Duane

    Verne's love for the sea led him to write several novels about ships, shipwrecks, castaways, etc. This 140 year old novel (1875) is the story of the commercial sailing ship, the Chancellor, and it's u...

  • Uncle  Dave Avis

    Jules Verne, of course, wrote in the mid 19th century, and his style of writing reflects this. Why say in short phrases what can be said in longer flowery phrases. Once the reader gets beyond the styl...

  • Marts  (Thinker)

    Well this is Jules Verne so of course it's a great tale. The excitement is there but the reader must endure every trial with the narrator though. This was my second reading......

  • Travis

    Following a disaster at sea, the crew and passengers of the Chancellor are left stranded at sea and have to struggle through dealing with hardship, starvation, mutiny, the elements and creeping despai...

  • Stuart Taylor

    Gave me what I wanted from Moby Dick!The Survivors of the Chancellor is a book which for the first 40 - 50 pages felt dull and uneventful. Characters were established and the writing style was very fl...

  • Sin

    This is one the first books that I have read in my life.I can't remember all details now but I know that it made a deep impression on me at that time.I think I can say it's one the books that got me h...

  • Colin Bartol

    A surprisingly dark story. Normally Verne is much more upbeat, but this story practically could be an existentialist novel. Still it kept me engaged. ...