Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Lighthouse at the End of the World by Jules Verne

 I was looking and looking for a Classic Adventure to read for the last category in the Back to the Classics 2013 Reading Challenge. I found this book here.

Three sailors; Vasquez, Felipe, and Moriz were to go to Staten Island at the tip of South America to be lighthouse keepers at the newly constructed lighthouse.  Their ship would come back for them in three months. One day while Vasquez was tending the light, Felipe and Moriz spotted a ship and went down to help. Pirates were on board and killed the men.  Vasquez got away before the pirates led by Kongre could find him.  He only has to stay alive and well for a few months until his ship comes back.

I liked the premise of this story so I decided to read it on my computer.  The story was not bad but it could have been more exciting.  I felt like the author was in a hurry to get it over with.  Perhaps Verne would have fleshed it out more had he not died.  This was his last work.

This book was made into a movie in 1971called The Light at the Edge of the World starring Kirk Douglas and Yul Brynner. I have not seen this movie.

Kirk Douglas's character must be based on Vasquez from the book.

Of course every movie must have a leading lady,
Samantha Eggar, whose character was not in the book.
She is with Kongre, who is played by Yul Brynner.

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