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Le testament d’un excentrique
Description Seller Shipping. Yes No. Goede beschrijving. Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically. Bijzonder boek met vele afbeeldingen! Alles weer naar volle tevredenheid. Mijn dank. Inderdaad in zeer matige staat, maar daar is de prijs ook wel naar. Nice set of this standard.
Ben content met het boekje! Conforme au descriptif. Book matches perfectly the description, perfect packaging and punctual delivery. Very recommended seller! Prima verlopen. Object zoals beschreven. Snelle levering. Erg leuk boekje! Excellent book and well packaged. As the shortest novel of this quartet, in Verne collector Dana Eales personally sponsored a translation of The Invasion of the Sea.
Le Testament d'Un Excentrique
The Invasion of the Sea is unusual for its time in its political complexity and temporal setting, looking ahead to the s. Indigenous customs and colonial opportunism clash as plans are made to irrigate the Sahara desert, opening the inland to new commerce and ports for the French navy.
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Verne had no illusions about the overseas power plays of his own country. Verne makes clear how the respective sides view the situation; the West seeks to remake nature to its advantage, while the East has adapted to their surroundings. The West wants to change the land, failing to realize that the desert is home to the tribes of Bedouins. Flooding the land and changing its fundamental purpose becomes the ultimate form of imperialism. While recognizing its political shortcomings, Verne still valorizes the heroic aspect of the human attempt to harness nature.
The first half of the book establishes the region and the dimensions of the conflict, comparing the different cultures of the Arabs and the Europeans. During the last half, Verne foreshadows the final outcome as nature asserts its own primacy over human plans.
A monstrous earthquake shifts the land, allowing the sea to flood the Sahara, overwhelming even the designs of the French.