Talk:In Search of the Castaways; or Captain Grant's Children

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Edition: Vincent Parke and Company (volume 4), 1911.
Source: Project Gutenberg.
Contributor(s): ???
Level of progress: Text Complete. 50%.svg
Notes: See below.


This is an extremely poor quality version of Verne's work.

This work is based on a translation first published by Routledge in London in 1876, which is a fairly faithful reproduction of Verne. However, the Parke edition (edited by Charles F. Horne, Ph.D.) has removed four chapters (three from Part II, one from Part III), and significant parts of other chapters have been deleted. The friendship that develops between Robert Brown and Paganel (mainly around lengthy geographic/historical recitals by Paganel) is largely missing.

Chapter titles have been largely reinvented. For example, Part II, Chapter II is renamed Tristan d'Acunha and the Isle of Amsterdam, even though the latter is not reached until the following chapter. Chapter III has Cape Town added to the chapter title -- even though Cape Town was reduced to a single paragraph!!

Also note that ship names (DUNCAN) and other phrases that were italicized in Parke, are capitalized in this web version.

All in all, a very poor piece of work, which, unfortunately, is circulating widely on the internet. Even more unfortunately, I can't find any better versions circulating. Routledge (Part III only) is currently on --Zaqrfv 06:14, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

You can find parts I and II on google books. Still the Routledge edition however. Still Routledge is the one check Marked by Evans as best available. The only other one is the Ward Lock published in one volume as Among the Cannibals. It likely suffers similar blemishes, though. The Lippincott is also on google-books, but that one has been thoroughly discredited by Evans. So OCR for you! --Varnesavant 13 December 2008
Where? I can only find summary pages on google books, and not PDF's, like here: [1] Maybe full copies are US only? Google books is like that.... --Zaqrfv (talk) 19:32, 15 December 2008 (UTC)