The Castle in Transylvania

The Castle in Transylvania This never before translated tale by Jules Verne the master of science fiction is one of his few writings about the supernatural This eerie gothic story set in a forgotten valley in the mountains of

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  • Title: The Castle in Transylvania
  • Author: Jules Verne
  • ISBN: 9780976658399
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • This never before translated tale by Jules Verne, the master of science fiction, is one of his few writings about the supernatural This eerie gothic story set in a forgotten valley in the mountains of Transylvania, where demons and vampires menace the populace, pits a young stranger against the forces of evil and superstition.

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    1. In ‘The Castle of the Carpathians’, originally titled Le Château des Carpathes written in 1893, Jules Verne deviates sharply from the usual parameters of science fiction fantasy associated with his other tales of Extraordinary Voyages to create a romantic fairy tale shrouded in the mists of supernatural. Set in the mountainous regions of rural Transylvania, ‘The Castle of the Carpathians’ is a tale of mystery, with romantic counts, noble braves, love and longing bordering the realms of [...]

    2. Τι ωραία να ξαναγίνεσαι έφηβος, παρέα με τον Ιούλιο Βερν!Ένα διαφορετικό βιβλίο του συγγραφέα αλλά πάντα με έναν κοινό παρονομαστή με τα υπόλοιπα έργα του. Αυτόν της επιστήμης4/5

    3. I've read a few of Verne's works before, and liked three of them (the rest were okay). He's not a writer I count among my favorites; but when I saw this novel on sale for a dime at a flea market a few years ago, I thought it might be worth the investment. :-) However, I didn't realize at the time that this particular edition is a stellar example of the outrages Verne has suffered at the hands of his English-language translators. Note: this review applies ONLY to this "Fitzroy" edition!The Fitzro [...]

    4. Thursday they knew to be a day of evil deeds.In his introduction, scholar Ace Pilkington points out Jules Verne wrote more about his travels and his discoveries along the way than he did about science. Verne chose the setting for this Gothic novel intentionally and for particular reasons. The villagers of Werst, Transylvania, notice odd things happening one day at the dilapidated castle that sits atop the mountain adjoining the town. This novel tells the story of the attempts to learn (or fear) [...]

    5. Mysterious entities take possession of a long deserted castle creating fear among the residents of the adjacent village of Werst, in Transylvania. The village sends two men to the castle to investigate, but they are repulsed by what the men feel are “supernatural” means. The heroes of the story, Count Franz de Telek and his man Rotzko learn of the mystery while passing through the village and become determined to solve it.Adaptare cinematografică realizată în 1981 se poate găsi aici: Cas [...]

    6. When reviewing a classic it is important to judge it in the context of the time that it was written. If we’re going to judge a classic, we need to be able to step away from our preconceptions of what good literature is and evaluate each work on its own merits. It isn’t fair to judge a work of art by contemporary expectations. We should consider the society and the times in which a particular work was written. What did the author set out to accomplish? What is the effect of the novel on the r [...]

    7. This book is an interesting mix of themes related to both Dracula and Phantom of the Opera, with a bit of early sf thrown in. On the border of Transylvania (where else?) a shepherd sees smoke rising from the long-deserted castle of Baron Rodolphe (sic). He and the local doctor (a cowardly skeptic) investigate and are driven off by apparently supernatural forces. A curious traveler, Baron Franz von Telek, also investigates and sees what appears to be a beautiful opera singer he had almost married [...]

    8. Muy buen sabor de boca deja esta historia de escasas páginas. Su mayor punto: ambientación. En un pueblo perdido a la veda de un temible castillo, al cual nadie se acerca desde hace años y supuestamente esta deshabitado. Un pastor ve gracias a un artilugio que un buhonero presta, humo espeso saliendo del castillo. La voz se corre y no quedara más remedio hacer una expedición para ver si alguien habita.

    9. If you like Victorian era gothic and Jules Verne, you'll like this. I loved it - couldn't put it down and ended it with a smile on my face.If you go in looking for a Dracula story, you will be disappointed. This story must be appreciated on its own merits.

    10. Just finished reading The Castle in Transylvania (1892) by Jules Verne. Apparently designed to capitalize on the current vampire and zombie craze, this brand new translation of Verne’s Le Château des Carpathes, is touted on the front as “The original zombie story” and the back cover proclaims: “Before there was Dracula, there was The Castle in Transylvania. this is the first book to set a gothic horror story, featuring people who may or may not be dead, in Transylvania.Oooookay.The blur [...]

    11. Está claro que Verne es un maestro por muchas razones, y una vez más (pese a que ésta sea menor respecto al resto de su obra) lo demuestra, aunque en menor medida aquí, pues resulta ser una narrativa que mezcla varios géneros e intenta ‘engañar’ al lector (recordemos que data de tiempos pretéritos), acabando por desembocar en un drama clásico en el sentido más puro ( a lo Cumbres borrascosas o Ana Karenina, pero sin su complejidad, pues es, recordemos, dirigido al sector más joven [...]

    12. Among bibliophiles, I think there are fans of the orderly, rational, logical world & there are more loosey-goosey types who are fans of the unexplained or hard to believe. I got a real taste of that last year with Verne's An Antarctic Mystery (orderly, rational, logical) vs. Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (loosey-goosey at best, lol).So, in The Castle in Transylvania, we are heading into 'supernatural' territory with Jules Verne. Except, being the orderly, rational, lo [...]

    13. Now I'm a bit of a fan of Jules Verne so be warned this review may be slightly biased as a result (although I promise to try and temper it as best I can). This is part of his Extraordinary Voyages series (which by the way I didn't even realise was a thing until picking this book up) which includes his best known works as well as lesser known writing such as this one. And I much prefered this. It has all the hallmarks of a classic Victorian Gothic tale mixing mystery and horror with deep human em [...]

    14. ¡Estoy tan feliz! Julio Verne se vuelve a catapultar como uno de mis autores predilectos, aunque al inicio tuvo un trama lenta, logró cautivar cada célula de mi ser y enamorarme de la manera tan perfecta que tuvo este hombre de escribir. ¡Ohh que manera tan poética de narrar cada capítulo! ¡que giros tan geniales y pensados tiene la historia!

    15. A ghost story that was really about science. And now I've officially read something by Jules Verne that wasn't the Wishbone edition.

    16. The original French text is available at eBooks@Adelaide.The English version which was kindly found by Wanda can be found at OpenLibraryThe Carpathian Castle (French: Le Château des Carpathes) is a novel by Jules Verne first published in 1893. It is possible that Bram Stoker took inspiration from this for his 1897 novel Dracula.Opening lines:Cette histoire n’est pas fantastique, elle n’est que romanesque. Faut-il en conclure qu’elle ne soit pas vraie, étant donné son invraisemblance? Ce [...]

    17. How did I never hear of this book until recently?? It deserves a place right up on my Gothic Bookshelf with Dracula, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Phantom of the Opera, Picture of Dorian Grey, etc.I cannot bring myself to accept that Gaston Leroux wasn't directly inspired by this book when he wrote Phantom. The similarities are far too much for coincidence. It's not the best-structured book in the world (you don't even meet the protagonist until halfway through the thing), and the beginning c [...]

    18. Es la primer obra de Verne que he leído y debo decir que no decepciona, aunque el ritmo es muy pausado, la historia es interesante, de la forma en que lo veo esta es la manera que tiene Verne de burlarse de lo supersticiosos que eran algunos pueblos y demostrar lo difícil que era la movilización y expansión del avance en ese entonces, en toda la obra se ve recalcado el peligro de la ignorancia, mostrando un pueblo montañoso y apartado que poco -o nada- saben sobre la era en la que viven. La [...]

    19. Güzel bir kurgusu ve anlatımı var. Olay bir dürbünle başlayıp nerelere nerelere gidiyor. Yazar, avukat olmaktan vazgeçip yazmaya başlamakla ne iyi etmiş. Jules Verne okumak isteyenlere başlangıç olarak önerebileceğim bir kitap çıktı ortaya.

    20. Con lo que disfrutaba de chaval de Julio Verne y lo insoportable que se me hace su estilo aquí. Para lo corto que es, se hace eterno.

    21. The castle of the Carpathians, or le château des Carpates, as my copy of the book says, is a story of superstition, science, bravery, cowardice, love, and madness.We're in a remote village in the mountains of Transylvania. A shepherd buys a pair of binoculars from a traveling salesman and through them he can see further and clearer than he thought was humanly possible. Through the lens he spies off to the distance at the old castle that has been standing empty and abandoned for many years now. [...]

    22. review of Jules Verne's Carpathian Castle by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 18, 2013 This is the 3rd Verne bk I've read in a row now. It actually increased my admiration for him b/c it's so different from anything else that I've read. This is his "Gothic" novel & it does fit the bill. 40 yrs or so ago I went thru a phase of exploring Gothic novels - esp when I learned that the Surrealists liked them. I'd already read Bram Stoker's Dracula when I was around 12. Of course I read Mary Shell [...]

    23. When 35-year-old Jules Verne managed to sell what would become his first published novel, "Five Weeks in a Balloon," to the already long-established literary publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel, in 1863, little could the two Frenchmen know that this was just the beginning of a decades-long association. Hetzel was already a well-known Parisian figure, having previously released works by such luminaries as Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Honore de Balzac. Verne, the future "Father of Science Fiction," was a [...]

    24. Дещо нетиповий для Жуля Верна роман у готичному стилі, з елементами містики.

    25. Out with the adventurous journeys, in with silly gothic romance. *rolling eyes* Nama Jules Verne memang sangat kuat diasosiasikan dengan kisah petualangan scifi klasik, tapi di novel ini, ia banting setir dari ide itu dan malah menulis dengan tema gothic yang kental lengkap dengan kisah romansa kelam nan tragis. Tentu saja adegan cewek menangis lalu pingsan plus karakter cowok pemberani dan cowok patah hati ala-ala lebay ada. Cerita hantu penasaran dan cinta suci gak kesampaian sampai akhirnya s [...]

    26. Jules Verne was such a visionary. At times, it's a little creepy. While most certainly known as the Father of Science Fiction, so much of what he wrote about would later become just another fact of our crazy world--submarines, travel by balloon, travel to the moon, etc. And here is just one more example: Verne started the vampire craze?!?Before there was even a Dracula on the market (published in 1897), Verne had published The Castle of the Carpathians in 1893 (Carpathians don't sound nearly so [...]

    27. I read the half dozen or so standard Jules Verne novels as an adolescent and returned to a few of them as an adult; but, I’ve always been curious about the breadth of his work and tempted by the recent, “true to the original” translations that have begun to appear. The Castle in Transylvania was a title new to me when I picked up this secondhand copy of the Melville House edition.In 1992 – late in his career – Verne, who had dabbled in so many genres, decided to try his hand at a Gothi [...]

    28. In a small Romanian town in the late 19th century, the castle of a long-absent, last-of-his-line Baron is seen with smoke coming out of its chimney. The largely uneducated and superstitious townsfolk have no reason to think it's not abandoned, and every reason to think it's haunted (because they're backwards countryfolk). When they send two of their braver members to scope out the castle, they return spooked and partially paralyzed. Two travelers then come to town and laugh at the townsfolk unti [...]

    29. This might not be Verne at his very best, but it's still a fun little book. A few months ago I read John Wyndham's Plan for Chaos, his last 'pulp' book before he found his style writing first person science fiction from the point of view of dry English chaps. In Plan for Chaos he tells the story from the perspective of a Dutch-American and it reads like a slightly dodgy B-movie noir for the first few pages until the later Wyndham style starts to shine through. A similar affliction strikes this b [...]

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