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The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

A Colombian Navy ship sails through the Caribbean when a storm drags several of its sailors towards the sea, and only one of them manages to save himself on a raft, remaining ten days adrift until he reaches land. When he is saved, he is hailed as a national hero; but the true story of the cause of the accident turns out to be very different...

Around the World in Eighty Days

A rich Englishman, Fogg, makes a bet: according to him, it is possible to go around the world in 80 days. To win the bet, he embarks on a journey with Passepartout (a proper name, which in French means "go everywhere"), his servant Fix, a detective who suspects he is a thief and Aouda, an Indian girl. The narrative of the trip is interesting,...

Confessions of a Convert

Robert Hugh Benson, a former Anglican priest, narrates his conversion to Catholicism. As the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, this caused much controversy in England. In his testimony, he confesses that he came to the Church blind, dumb and miserable, attracted only by the brightness of the star of faith. Benson narrates how he faced his...

The Longest Day

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The Mysterious Island

During the American Civil War, a group of prisoners flee in a balloon in the middle of a storm and are dragged to the Pacific Ocean. After five days flying in the balloon, they hit an unknown and deserted island. There they form a first community: they build houses, plant crops, and even synthesize chemicals. One day, they find a canoe full of...