A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne
Author: Jules Verne | Published: 1855
A Winter Amid the Ice Synopsis
A Winter Amid the Ice, also known as Un hivernage dans les glaces, is a short novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1855.
The narrative unfolds around Jean Cornbutte, a sailor, and his son Louis, who goes missing during a rescue mission. Louis was the captain of the ship "Jeune-Hardie" and had set out to help a distressed schooner but disappeared along with two sailors during the mission. The crew, led by the first mate André Vasling, returns without finding them. Despite the hardships and discouragement, Jean Cornbutte sets sail again with the "Jeune-Hardie" to search for his son and the missing sailors.
Excerpt from A Winter Amid the Ice
The curé of the ancient church of Dunkirk rose at five o’clock on the 12th of May, 18—, to perform, according to his custom, low mass for the benefit of a few pious sinners.
Attired in his priestly robes, he was about to proceed to the altar, when a man entered the sacristy, at once joyous and frightened. He was a sailor of some sixty years, but still vigorous and sturdy, with, an open, honest countenance.
“Monsieur the curé,” said he, “stop a moment, if you please.” “What do you want so early in the morning, Jean Cornbutte?” asked the curé.
“What do I want? Why, to embrace you in my arms, i’ faith!” “Well, after the mass at which you are going to be present—”
About Jules Verne
Jules Verne, born on February 8, 1828, in Nantes, France, was a renowned French author who laid the foundation for modern science fiction. He is often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction." Verne's works, characterized by their imaginative and visionary storytelling, have significantly impacted literature and popular culture.
His passion for adventure and exploration shaped Verne's early life. His prosperous lawyer father encouraged him to study law, but Jules preferred writing and literature. Despite his father's disapproval, Verne pursued his literary interests, writing plays and short stories. In 1863, Verne published his breakthrough novel, "Five Weeks in a Balloon," which marked the beginning of his exploration-themed novels. His works were heavily influenced by the rapid scientific advancements of the 19th century, incorporating emerging technologies like submarines and space travel. Find out more about Jules Verne at sevenov.com.