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Godfrey Morgan: a Californian Mystery

Gelesen von Arnold

(4,068 Sterne; 22 Bewertungen)

This Verne adventure is indeed a mystery and also a satire on the Crusoe genre. Our characters are larger than life, as well they should be - Verne expects Americans to perform epics. Young Godfrey goes to sea for adventure before settling down with his bride to be. His incredibly wealthy uncle sets him aboard one of his steamers which founders some days out, leaving Godfrey and his companion, a dance and comportment instructor, near the shore of a uninhabited island. They set up residence, benefiting from livestock, some supplies and tools which apparently also wash ashore. Later, a canoe full of savages land in order to cook up a prisoner. Godfrey helps the latter escape, and the grateful native becomes a "Friday". While the island initially seems free from any predators, it is not long before Friday saves Godfrey from a bear, a tiger and a poisonous snake. But when swarms of lions, tigers, hyenas and crocodiles attack it is more than they can handle. Where do all the beasts come from? What is the cause of the occasional plume of smoke Godfrey notes on the island? Those are some of the mysteries about which the reader will be enlightened. (A. Banner ) (6 hr 5 min)


CHAPTER I. In which the reader has the opportunity of buying an Island in the P…


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CHAPTER II. How William W. Kolderup, of San Francisco, was at loggerheads with …


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CHAPTER III. The conversation of Phina Hollaney and Godfrey Morgan, with a pian…


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CHAPTER IV. In which T. Artelett, otherwise Tartlet, is duly introduced to the …


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CHAPTER V. In which they prepare to go, and at the end of which they go for good


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CHAPTER VI. In which the reader makes the acquaintance of a new personage


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CHAPTER VII. In which it will be seen that William W. Kolderup was probably rig…


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CHAPTER VIII. Which leads Godfrey to bitter reflections on the mania for travel…


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CHAPTER IX. In which it is shown that Crusoes do not have everything as they wi…


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CHAPTER X. In which Godfrey does what any other shipwrecked man would have done…


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CHAPTER XI. In which the question of lodging is solved as well as it could be


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CHAPTER XII. Which ends with a thunder-bolt


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CHAPTER XIII. In which Godfrey again sees a slight smoke over another part of t…


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CHAPTER XIV. Wherein Godfrey finds some wreckage, to which he and his companion…


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CHAPTER XV. In which there happens what happens at least once in the life of ev…


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CHAPTER XVI. In which something happens which cannot fail to surprise the reader


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CHAPTER XVII. In which Professor Tartlet's gun really does marvels


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CHAPTER XVIII. Which treats of the moral and physical education of a simple nat…


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CHAPTER XIX. In which the situation already gravely compromised becomes more an…


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CHAPTER XX. In which Tartlet reiterates in every key that he would rather be off


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CHAPTER XXI. Which ends with quite a surprising reflection by the negro Carefin…


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CHAPTER XXII. Which concludes by explaining what up to now had appeared inexpli…


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(3 Sterne)

This is basically a fun and light-hearted version of Robinson Crusoe, with some little mysteries behind many of the unusual happenings that these castaways come up against. The version is well read by Arnold Banner.

Godfrey Morgan:a Californian Mystery

(5 Sterne)

I had it figured out pretty early, but I really enjoyed the reader.

JV will allways amaze us with his twists and turns.Great fun

(4,5 Sterne)