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The Mysterious Island - cover

The Mysterious Island

Mark Twain

Translator Lewis Page Mercier

Publisher: WS

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The book tells the adventures of five American prisoners of war on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. Begining in the American Civil War, as famine and death ravage the city of Richmond, Virginia, five northern POWs decide to escape in a rather unusual way – by hijacking a balloon! This is only the beginning of their adventures...

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