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Adrift In the Pacific, or Two Years Vacation

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Adrift In the Pacific, or Two Years Vacation is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, published in 1888. Know also has The Strange Adventures of a Schoolboy Crew; Long Vacation; Second Year Ashore.The two original volumes in one single book. Includes 91 original Illustrations by Léon Benett. On the evening of February, 15, 1860, sixteen school boys, ages 8 to 14, were asleep on board a schooner moored at a harbor in Aukland waiting to circumnavigate New Zealand on a six weeks’ vacation. The crew was on shore celebrating on the night before the departure.Accidentally or purposely, the moorings got cast off without anyone on board being the wiser and the schooner drifted out to sea with only the boys on board. Twenty two days later they are cast on the shore of an unknown island. And so begins another Verne robinsonade with boys always fighting among themselves. They are finally rescued two years later by some good people pursued by pirates who are subdued with the aid of the boys.

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To the readerMany Robinsons have kept awake the curiosity of our young readers. Daniel Defoe, in his eternal Robinson Crusoe , staged man alone; Wyss, in his Swiss Robinson ,Family; Cooper, in the Crater , the company with its collective components. In Mysterious Island , I put scholars dealing with the necessities of the situation. We imagined yet the Robinson twelve years , the Robinson ice , the Robinson girls , etc.. Despite the countless novels that make up the cycle of Robinsons, it seemed that for the perfect, it remained to show a group of children from eight to thirteen years old, abandoned on an island, struggling for life in the middle passions maintained by the differences of nationality, - in a word, a boarding Robinsons. On the other hand, into A Captain at Fifteen , I had begun to evince what can the bravery and acumen of a child with the hazard and arduous of responsibility over his age. But I thought that if the teaching contained in this book could be beneficial to all, it must be unbroken. It is in this dual purpose that was made this new book. Jules Verne

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