Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Verne Sequels 6

Verne Redivivus. (vt. The return of Verne. Jules juvinates. He-e-e-e-e-eres Hetzel!)

On March 9, 1886, as Verne was coming home, his twenty-five-year-old nephew, Gaston, shot him with a gun. One bullet missed, but the second entered Verne's left leg, giving him a limp that would not be cured. The incident was hushed up by the media, and Gaston spent the rest of his life in an asylum.

But what if Gaston wasn't insane? Why did he try and assassinate his famous uncle? What was really behind this murky episode? Read Verne Redivivus to discover the secrets behind the facade of Verne's celebrity; and more -- to discover that Gaston shot him not in the leg but in the heart ... and he still lived.

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