Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne book review

Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne

Fantastic story about the reconnoiter and imminent colonial domain of Africa.

The Euro people floated their balloons over Africa and America in search of the most valuable assets, using the basket as a floating turret to hunt wild game and savages (Hamites and Lamanites). Dropping anchor to replenish water and raiment. Creating fantastic adventure, and saying things like, “We are the first to explore the area.”

Here’s the deal. It is not my intention to read the invasion story over and over again. But, after quitting my TV and ‘unlimited data connection’, I’ve had the occasion to read more ‘classic’ literature. Much of it contains the adventure of imminent colonial domain and Euro programs of “exploration’.

Predictive programming of great ‘purity’. Classic literature.

Is it a coincidence that much of our ‘classic literature’ includes the invasion story and manifest destiny?

First contact stories are extremely interesting and entertaining.

This book cannot be put down, an absolute pleasure.

It does require the suspension of reality, a blissful ignorance of central bank debt peonage, corporate controlled vaccine programs, and genetically modified pestilence and famine.

IT’S OVER.

Some of my highlights:

Complete Works of Jules Verne (Illustrated) by Jules Verne

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Chapter 11: CHAPTER FIRST.
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Highlight: But, in England, enthusiasm does not stop short with mere words. It strikes off money faster than the dies of the Royal Mint itself.
Notes: Fake money

Chapter 13: CHAPTER THIRD.
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Highlight: Moreover, we must look upon what is to occur as having already occurred, and see nothing but the present in the future, for the future is but the present a little farther on.

Chapter 13: CHAPTER THIRD.
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Highlight: The man who was born to be hung will never be drowned!

Chapter 20: CHAPTER TENTH.
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Highlight: The real danger lurks below, and not above.

Chapter 21: CHAPTER ELEVENTH.
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Highlight: They took it into their heads that some mischief was meant to the sun and the moon.
Notes: Elon Musk

Chapter 22: CHAPTER TWELFTH
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Highlight: Its entire population had assembled in crowds, and were yelling with anger and fear, at the same time vainly directing their arrows against this monster of the air that swept along so majestically away above all their powerless fury.

Notes: Chaos endowment.

Chapter 22: CHAPTER TWELFTH
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Highlight: I’m going to get you up a cup of coffee that I think you’ll have something to say about.”
Notes: Caffeine.

Chapter 22: CHAPTER TWELFTH
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Highlight: They swept along above cultivated fields of tobacco, maize, and barley, at full maturity, and here and there immense rice-fields, full of straight stalks and purple blossoms.
Notes: The “savage” land of imminent colonial domain.

Chapter 22: CHAPTER TWELFTH
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Highlight: Even the doctor could hope to escape its effects only by rising above the range of the miasma that exhales from this damp region whence the blazing rays of the sun pump up its poisonous vapors.

Chapter 22: CHAPTER TWELFTH
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Highlight: I’m sure they must feel like worshipping us!”

Chapter 22: CHAPTER TWELFTH
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Highlight: baobabs,

Chapter 23: CHAPTER THIRTEENTH.
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Highlight: salubrious.
Notes: Healthy smells. Salubrious

Chapter 23: CHAPTER THIRTEENTH.
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Highlight: That beats sulphate of quinine!
Notes: Don’t tell vaccinated morons.

Chapter 25: CHAPTER FIFTEENTH.
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Highlight: Around these excavations are numerous native dwellings; wide, open spaces for the markets; fields of cannabis and datura; superb trees and depths of freshest shade — such is Kazeh!

Chapter 26: CHAPTER SIXTEENTH.
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Highlight: The races of the future may repair hither, when Europe shall have become exhausted in the effort to feed her inhabitants.
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 26: CHAPTER SIXTEENTH.
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Highlight: Why is it that such savage countries get all these fine things?
Notes: Imminent colonial domain.

Chapter 26: CHAPTER SIXTEENTH.
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Highlight: that may prove to be a very dull period when industry will swallow up every thing for its own profit. By dint of inventing machinery, men will end in being eaten up by it!
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 27: CHAPTER SEVENTEENTH.
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Chapter 28: CHAPTER EIGHTEENTH.
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Highlight: It would not be the first time,” remarked the doctor, “that science has been followed up, sword in hand.
Notes: CDC science

Chapter 28: CHAPTER EIGHTEENTH.
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Highlight: Ten minutes more, and the balloon was majestically ascending, while Dr. Ferguson, in token of success, waved the English flag triumphantly from his car.
Notes: Imminent colonial domain.

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: There will not always be scientific men, perhaps; but there always will be poets.
Notes: Time for poets to kill the scientific men?

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: Thus, then,” added Kennedy, inquiringly, “our discoveries agree with the speculations of science.
Notes: Doctors and scientist corporate goon hounds.

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: Onward, then, and may we have the help of Heaven!
Notes: Take down the Evil One, Father.

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: Geographers have pretended that there existed, in the centre of Africa, a vast depression, an immense central lake.
Notes: Geographers renamed and covered up what they found.

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: Is all this region inhabited?” asked Joe.
“Undoubtedly; and disagreeably inhabited, too.”
Notes: Imminent colonial domain.

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: These scattered tribes come, one and all, under the title of Nyam-Nyams, and this compound word is only a sort of nickname. It imitates the sound of chewing.”
Notes: auto motto pia

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: if I have to be eaten, in a moment of famine, I want it to be for your benefit and my master’s; but the idea of feeding those black fellows — gracious! I’d die of shame!”
Notes: quoting script.

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: Usually, the danger is in the moment of leaving the ground, or of alighting, and therefore at those junctures we should never omit the utmost precaution.
Notes: Terminal approach and departure.

Chapter 29: CHAPTER NINETEENTH.
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Highlight: Madame Blanchard. She ignited her balloon while sending off fireworks, but she did not fall, and she would not have been killed, probably, had not her car dashed against a chimney and precipitated her to the ground.

Chapter 30: CHAPTER TWENTIETH.
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Highlight: The French peasants, when they first saw a balloon, fired at it, thinking that it was an aerial monster. A Soudan negro may be excused, then, for opening his eyes VERY wide!

Chapter 30: CHAPTER TWENTIETH.
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Highlight: Undoubtedly; among the ‘mammoth trees’ of California, there is a cedar four hundred and eighty feet in height. It would overtop the Houses of Parliament, and even the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

Chapter 30: CHAPTER TWENTIETH.
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Highlight: We could have gardens up in the air; and the small house-owners would like that!”

Chapter 30: CHAPTER TWENTIETH.
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Highlight: Could the great captains of the world float thus above the scenes of their exploits, they would at last, perhaps, conceive a disgust for blood and conquest.
Notes: No. Not true.

Chapter 32: CHAPTER TWENTY-SECOND.
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Highlight: Dr. Ferguson darted his powerful electric jet toward various points of space,
Notes: Unrevealed tech from centuries ago.

Chapter 32: CHAPTER TWENTY-SECOND.
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Highlight: They are souls to redeem! ignorant and barbarous brethren, whom religion alone can instruct and civilize.

Chapter 32: CHAPTER TWENTY-SECOND.
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Highlight: Science has its heroes,” said the missionary.
Notes: face mask villain science.

Chapter 32: CHAPTER TWENTY-SECOND.
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Highlight: His most tranquil time was when he was taken for a madman.

Chapter 33: CHAPTER TWENTY-THIRD.
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Highlight: You would not have to look long among those fissures of slaty schist without finding peptites of considerable value.
Notes: Imminent colonial domain.

Chapter 33: CHAPTER TWENTY-THIRD.
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Highlight: twenty-two degrees twenty-three minutes east longitude, and four degrees fifty-five minutes north latitude.
Notes: Gold mine

Chapter 34: CHAPTER TWENTY-FOURTH.
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Highlight: It took six thousand years to invent propellers and screws; so we have time enough yet.
Notes: Questionable history.

Chapter 34: CHAPTER TWENTY-FOURTH.
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Highlight: Had not the Almighty reserved for later ages the knowledge of this inhospitable continent?
Notes: The fourth part of the world.

Chapter 36: CHAPTER TWENTY-SIXTH.
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Highlight: That man is to be pitied the most who cannot wean himself from gloomy reflections by actual work, or some practical pursuit.
Notes: The coming famine.

Chapter 38: CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHTH.
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Highlight: Besides, when needs must, one can eat any thing he comes across, even his fellow-creatures, although that must be a kind of food that’s pretty hard to digest.
Notes: Central bank famine extortion.

Chapter 39: CHAPTER TWENTY-NINTH.
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Highlight: lamantines, twelve feet long, with bodies like seals, stretched themselves along the banks,
Notes: Creature of rewritten history.

Chapter 39: CHAPTER TWENTY-NINTH.
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Highlight: Ere the close of the century these regions will, undoubtedly, be explored.
Notes: never explored euro history.

Chapter 40: CHAPTER THIRTIETH.
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Highlight: That would give these negro races a superior idea of European power.
Notes: Imminent colonial domain.

Chapter 40: CHAPTER THIRTIETH.
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Highlight: When Europeans came among them for the first time, they were mistaken for creatures of a higher race.
Notes: The invasion.

Chapter 40: CHAPTER THIRTIETH.
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Highlight: This part of Africa has, therefore, paid a heavy tribute of victims to the cause of science,” said Kennedy.
Notes: Vaccine death and famine.

Chapter 48: CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHTH.
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Highlight: Each animal had dangling to its tail a bag to receive its excrement, the only fuel on which the caravans can depend when crossing the desert.
Notes: Apocalypse science.

Chapter 49: CHAPTER THIRTY-NINTH.
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Highlight: It’s a lazybones trip, this of ours, master, and when we get back every body will find us big and stout.”

Chapter 52: CHAPTER FORTY-SECOND.
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Highlight: The black fellows will be mightily astonished,” said Joe, “at finding things like those in the woods; they’ll make idols of them!
Notes: Throwing assorted items from aircraft.

Chapter 53: CHAPTER FORTY-THIRD.
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Highlight: Where vast stretches of cultivated land were once seen, they have brought barrenness and devastation.”
Notes: Bill Gates

Chapter 53: CHAPTER FORTY-THIRD.
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Highlight: rocks of strange forms started up like huge ante-diluvian animals, petrified there amid the waters.

 

Chapter 54: CHAPTER FORTY-FOURTH.
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Highlight: They ceased to be master and servant, in order to become bosom friends.

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