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1886 short novel taking us 20,000 leagues into the air. Who is Robur? Will his arrogant but inept antagonists destroy him? Find out!
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This is the first volume of the two featuring this character. I believe it to be the stronger volume with a better story. As I mentioned in my review of the other volume Master Of The World, if you have seen the Vincent Price movie, you have seen a melding of these two stories. Most of that was from this volume. The protagonists are weirdly vindictive in their beliefs and resort to kidnapping and attempted murder to make a point regarding the future of manned flight. If you can get past that, it is a decent adventure story, heavy on technical details that Verne excelled in fitting into all of his writings. Not bad and worth your time.
Note: The story is very much -Of It's Time- and thusly contains a lot of none too flattering representations of a black character throughout. Be aware if you are sensitive to such issues.
What did you like best about Robur the Conqueror? What did you like least?
It is classic Verne, though a little lacking in plot.
What was most disappointing about Jules Verne’s story?
Most of the middle is more of a global travelogue than story.
Do you think Robur the Conqueror needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
There was one. Check it out...
Any additional comments?
Not one to compare with Around the World in 80 Days, or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this story is still rather interesting. Though the villain is a bit silly.