Plot summary[ edit ] The novel, set in , described adventures of British expedition led by Captain John Hatteras to the North Pole. Hatteras is convinced that the sea around the pole is not frozen and his obsession is to reach the place no matter what. Mutiny by the crew results in destruction of their ship but Hatteras, with a few men, continues on the expedition. On the shore of the island of " New America " he discovers the remains of a ship used by the previous expedition from the United States. Doctor Clawbonny recalls in mind the plan of the real Ice palace , constructed completely from ice in Russia in to build a snow-house, where they should spend a winter.
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Shelves: in-translation , polar-adjacent Fiction. Written during a time when there were still blank spaces on the map, when Verne could slap a volcano down on the North Pole and no one could call him on it, The Adventures of Captain Hatteras might seem fantastic to us today with its temperate polar waters teaming with wildlife and flying penguins! In , the Franklin Expedition had just recently been declared lost with all hands.
Attention was beginning to shift from Fiction. Attention was beginning to shift from the Passage to the Pole, and men were, once again, heading North with no real idea of what to expect once they got there. I was kind of amazed by how easy this is to read.
The last novel I read that involved the North Pole was Frankenstein and that was a torturous nightmare. And not because of the monster. Verne, in contrast, seems to have a pretty light hand when it comes to prose and I found myself smiling several times at his whimsical descriptions.
Clawbonny was my favorite. The narrator seems fond of him, too, which makes him even more adorable. Hatteras himself is one of those obsessive sea captain types, and not likeable at all. Besides Clawbonny, the only other character that displays any personality is the dog, and while in the beginning I enjoyed his assumed authority with its touch of the supernatural, later he turns into the Platonic ideal of Dog, so strong, so brave, so loyal.
Like those fictional children who never make a mess and always behave reasonably, a dog like that arouses extreme skepticism in the reader. Truthfully, the characters are mostly there to give the plot a reason to happen. What really drives the book is its mix of adventure and science. Verne has taken entire paragraphs from other writers, often traceable because he duplicates unique phrases or mistakes in spelling.
Verne was not a meticulous writer. He would frequently give the date within the narrative, only to give a wildly different date several lines later even though only a few days had passed. And much of the science will make you roll your eyes.
Three stars. Relevant to my interests, easy enough to read, and exciting in parts. Contains animal harm and unmitigated nationalism.
Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras
Les Aventures du capitaine Hatteras
Aventures du capitaine Hatteras