Els fills del capità Grant

By Jules Verne, Jesús Moncada

10,671 ratings - 4.09* vote

Un 26 de juliol de 1864, Lord Edward Glenarvan, un aristòcrata escocès, troba a alta mar una ampolla amb un missatge molt malmès. Es tracta d'una nota que Harry Grant, capità del Britannia, va escriure en naufragar dos anys abans. Amb els fills del capità Lord Glenarvan decideix muntar una expedició per rescatar-lo. I amb seva dona, els joves i la tripulació del Duncan mar Un 26 de juliol de 1864, Lord Edward Glenarvan, un aristòcrata escocès, troba a alta mar una ampolla amb un

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Book details

Paperback, 631 pages
January 2011 by Estrella Polar

(first published 1868)

Original Title
Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant
1406923117 (ISBN13: 9788499323237)
Edition Language
Catalan; Valencian

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I read this one as a little girl and I remember I loved it! I want to read it again.


I hate to do this, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to give my beloved Jules Verne a mere 2 stars for this book. I have been huge fan of "The Mysterious Island" since I was probably 10 or 12, and when I found out this book was a prequel to "The Mysterious Island" I thought "why have I never heard of this book??!!". Well, now I know why. Not every book every successful author writes is worthwhile.

The premise of "Captain Grant's Children" (also published under "In Search of the Castaways") is a mysterious message found in a bottle. The message was thrown into the sea by Captain Grant who has been shipwrecked and presumably marooned somewhere. The latitude is the only number legible, so a search along the 37th parallel south is begun. Lord and Lady Glenarvan fund the expedition and provide the yacht, bringing Mary and Robert Grant, the children of Captain Grant, with them.

Sounds like the beginning of a fairly good adventure, yes? Well, alas there are complications. The characters are rather wooden and unnatural, and some of the situations are frankly absurd. We began reading this book aloud after I had asked for it as a Christmas present. We had to halt our readings when we got to the point where the party is hiking in Patagonia along the 37th parallel. Huddled in a hut (I said that on purpose for literary emphasis), half frozen because they have been forced to hike very high in the Andes, an earthquake suddenly turns the very ground into a moving avalanche of gravel and skree. The search party almost "ski" down the mountainside with the rubble from the earthquake. (absurd situation #1) When they reach the bottom of the mountain, they discover young lad Robert is missing while all the rest of them have somehow survived with only scratches (absurd situation #2). Searching for him they eventually see a large condor flying while carrying something. You guessed it.... the condor has young lad Robert gripped in its nasty talons!!! (absurd situation #3) Hoots of derision begin among the listeners, and then become howls of laughter when a native southern American named Thulcave sees poor young Robert and shoots the condor in flight (absurd situation #4) and the dead condor then continues to hold young lad Robert in his nasty pesky talons and falls like a parachute to the ground (absurd situation #5) delivering a stunned but otherwise safe young lad Robert to his friends (absurd situation #6). All this in about 10 pages. Up until Thulcave arrived on the scene, we had been rooting for the condor because young lad Robert was so annoying!

Poor Jules Verne was trying out a theme that he developed more successfully in "Around the World in 80 Days" (published in 1873) and then also later in "The Mysterious Island" (published in 1874). But in this particular book, it just isn't really worth it. Read "The Mysterious Island" to find out about Ayrton and how he came to be on Tabor island.


Isaac Dunaevsky, Overture to "The Children of Captain Grant" movie

Lord Glenarvan, his new-wed wife, McNabb and Paganel agreed to go ahead
And sail on board the "Duncan" yacht, to help the kids of captain Grant to find their missing Dad.
This quest lead them around the Globe in search of Scottish sailor.
They risked their lives so many times, yet kept their will and valor

They knew "Britannia" shipwrecked at 37th parallel of south latitude ...
From Glasgow "Duncan" put up sails to Chile's shore on route.
Across the Andes they moved eastward, through snow and ice on foot,
Though no trace of Grant was found there, they kept search attitude.

Via Atlantic they've sailed away to "down under" land,
The rugged wilderness - with jumpy kangaroo and snappy crocodiles.
In false belief that captain's search comes near happy end,
To no use they have traversed few hundred humid, hot Australian miles.

Being tricked by Ayrton, in his hope to seize the ship - with help of pirates band,
By hand of fate the travelers were sent to land on shore of distant New Zealand
Just to be captured by the tribe of violent Maori.
But don't worry, since we all know "a priori",

That in the middle of the book,
To keep the readers stay on hook,
No matter how things went bad,
Main heroes never will be dead.

And here we go, in the near escape,
Our heroes noticed their yacht, miraculously anchored off the cape,
Where evil man has been disarmed and kept under arrest.
With all the troubles put aside, good guys took time to rest.

And finally, just passing by, on hardly noticed island,
James Grant, alive and healthy, suddenly was found.
The happy father reunited with his son and daughter,
And yacht has rushed back home to dock at peaceful Scottish harbor water.

This book was clearly my first admired boyhood's read.
And it has planted in my brains romantic wisdom's seed -
About courage and Jule Verne's good cause adventure creed,
Without selfish treasure hunting weed - that spoiling purpose, driven by the greed.

1. Memorable 5
2. Social Relevance 1
3. Informative 4
4. Originality 5
5. Thought Provoking 3
6. Expressiveness 3
7. Entertaining 5
8. Visualization 5
9. Sparks Emotion 3
10. Life Changing (Pivotal, crucial, determining, defining, momentous, fateful, consequential, climacteric, transformational) 1

5,1,4,5,3,3,5,5,3,1 ======>> 35/10 = 3.5




As ever, it is quite an adventure to read a Jules Verne’s book. It always amazes me how much he knew about geography, zoology, history and botany, considering the time he wrote his books. I really liked the characters, which seems to be what I enjoy most about his books. And although I feel this book could have been a little bit shorter, I really enjoy it.

Me gustan mucho los libros de Verne por toda la aventura que tienen, y nunca deja de asombrarme todo lo que sabía el hombre para la época en que escribió sus libros. Este libro en particular me pareció que podría haber sido un poco más corto. Algunos capítulos eran más descriptivos de lo necesario en mi opinión, pero sin embargo me gustó mucho. Lo que más disfruté fueron los personajes, y si mal no recuerdo es lo que suelo disfrutar más en sus libros.

Kelsey Bryant

I found this absorbing and exciting, and on par with the three other Jules Verne novels I liked. (The Mysterious Island, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Journey to the Center of the Earth; I thought Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea was boring.)

Paganel, the conceited, big-hearted, absentminded, eccentric French geographer, is my favorite character so far in all of Verne's works. The relationship and repartee between him and Major McNabbs is highly entertaining (there wasn't enough of it!). The rest of the cast are individual and enjoyable as well, especially Lord Glenarvan, Lady Helena, and Robert Grant. I wish Mary Grant and John Mangles had been better developed, but in a novel of this immensity, I suppose deep character development, as well as a few other things, had to be sacrificed for other details. I appreciated that Verne had the ladies along on this voyage, though like Aouda in Around the World, they weren't as prominent in the story as the men. (Though that's understandable, considering the type of story it is.)

Of course, many of the adventures that the searchers encountered were quite fantastical, but they were mixed with enough facts to feel at least somewhat plausible as I breathlessly read or listened to the story. This book was stuffed full ... it felt like it could have been two novels at least ... but never boring as the characters crossed continents and islands. The global voyaging appealed to my love of travel. I really wish I could have read this in paperback with footnotes.


Well, I have loved the Disney movie for years so it was fun to read the book it's based on.
Also, having read The Mysterious Island, it was fun to see the author toying with ideas that he ended up using in that book. Also, there were some great quotes in this book.
Yet, there were several things I didn't like about this book.
~ The racism in this book was pretty ugly at times. I can see why this book is hard to find a print copy of. Many of the racial slurs were very bothersome.
~ The plot often got bogged down. At times, it felt like the author was lost or bored.
~ Some of the violence and imparticular the descriptions of cannibalistic practices were gross and a bit disturbing.
~ While more typical of the time, for some reason the age difference between John and Mary bugged me.
All in all, I would say this is one of those very rare cases where the movie was better. I probably won't be rereading this story.


I'll admit, the movie was/is one of my all-time childhood (and lets face it, adulthood too) favorites. So, I went into this book with certain expectations. Most were met, and it was engaging, exciting, and a very entertaining read. And about 3/4 of it (or more) had nothing in common with the movie, so I did not know exactly what was going to happen as I read it.

My major complaints are few, and really not that major. Some of the slang was unknown to me; the verbiage was at times difficult to get through during the longer paragraphs and monologues. Overall, I'd say it felt pretty winded and could have used some additional editing/polishing.

A more personal annoyance was the level at which religion was highlighted in the book, savages as groups were all described in generalities (hugely insulting ones), the women were largely useless and meek (and everyone spoke of this as though it was the right thing), and how on one line the characters talk about the native wildlife, and how it is about to go extinct, and in the next line they are desperately trying to hunt the elusive and rare creatures. Oh, also, Mary Grant's love interest is 30 (she is 16). These, I intellectually understand, are just products of the time period. But it doesn't make it any more enjoyable for me to spend hours reading about.

But, as I always do with reviews, I am focusing on the negatives. The book really is great, and despite these regular little irritants, it is extremely enjoyable and generally well written. The characters (most of them) are well developed, and the relationships among them develop believably and naturally. Of note, the repartee between Paganel and McNabb is always great, and everyone's love and respect for young Robert (they never overtly pity or patronize him) is truly touching.

In short, it made me want to travel around the world...all along the 37th parallel of course!

Dafne Flego

Have you ever liked something simply because it was loved by someone you love?

"Captain Grant's Children" got that much going for it at the start of my reading, because some 50 years ago it was loved by three young, adventurous boys who would grow up to be my father and uncles.

After an adventurous summer hiking trip, I was feeling adventurous, myself- I wanted to read a good, solid, old-school adventure novel.

I really liked the premise, the beginning and the ending caught my attention, some tricky situations were resolved in a really clever manner, there were quite a few interesting tidbits, but...

But the 19th-century blend of an adventure novel and literary documentary didn't work for me.

There was a plot, definitely, but slowed down by numerous descriptions of curious local weather conditions, peculiarities of flora and fauna, inventories of the ship's many sails...

On the one hand, reading all this extra information was truly fascinating, especially when a reader reminds himself there was no Wiki, no internet, no television in Jules Verne's time. Gathering information, plotting and writing the thing must have been exhausting! A brilliant undertaking!

On the other hand, it was... all... just... too... much. :/ I might have been too millenial for it.

So, I can appreciate it, but I didn't truly enjoy it.

Eugeny Pessotski

This book made my childhood.


Rather long and has fortuitous... I won’t go on.