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The Floating Island

The Floating Island; Or, the Pearl of the Pacific ( also ‘Propeller Island’ )

( French - L’Ile à Helice - 1896 )

novel by Paschal Grousset & Jules Verne

translated by William J. Gordon

Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington - hardback - 1896 ( UK ) ( + many reprint editions )
ISBN: none

W. L. Allison - hardback - 1897 ( USA )
ISBN: none

Kegan Paul - paperback - 1990
ISBN: 0710302924 / 9780710302922

Fredonia Books - trade paperback - 2002
ISBN: 1410100634 / 9781410100634

Wildside Press - hardback - 2009
ISBN: 1434451771 / 9781434451774

Wildside Press - trade paperback - 2009
ISBN: 1434450821 / 9781434450821

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ARCO Publshers - hardback - 1961 ( as ‘Propeller Island’ abridged by I. O. Evans ) ( UK )
ISBN: none

Associated Booksellers, Westport - hardback - 1964 ( USA )
ISBN:

Panther Books - paperback - 1965
ISBN: none

Granada - hardback - 1978
ISBN: 0246109017 / 9780246109019

Associated Booksellers - hardback - 1985
ISBN: 068506591X / 9780685065914

Wildside Press - hardback - 2008
ISBN: 1434469697 / 9781434469694

Wildside Press - trade paperback - 2009
ISBN: 1434469689 / 9781434469687

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Victor Gollancz - hardback - 1929 ( omnibus of ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Around The World In Eighty Days, Floating Island, The Blockade Runners, Hector Servadac’ )
ISBN: none


synopsis
A French string quartet (Sébastien Zorn, Frascolin, Yvernes and Pinchinat), traveling from San Francisco to their next engagement in San Diego, is diverted to Standard Island. Standard Island is an immense man-made island designed to travel the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The wealth of residents of the island can only be measured in millions. The quartet is hired to play a number of concerts for the residents during their tour of the islands (Sandwich, Cook, Society, etc.) of the South Pacific. The island seems an idyllic paradise; however, it is an island divided in two. The left half’s population is led by Jem Tankerdon and is known as the Larboardites. The right half’s population is led by Nat Coverley and is known as the Starboardites. Despite the obstacles encountered on their journey, the two parties have a disagreement that threatens the future of the island itself.

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