The Green Ray, Paperback
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This new edition of "The Green Ray" brings the rarely available title by the famous French author Jules Verne to a new generation.

The mysterious scientific phenomenon of the green ray is unpredictable and elusive.

When Helena hears of its apparent mystical effects on the mind and soul she enlists her uncles and two very different suitors, one artist and one amateur scientist, to find it.

They travel to Scotland to seek to catch a glimpse of green rays which shoot out from the sunset.

Their numerous attempts are always unsuccessful, thwarted by clouds or boats blocking the sun, until finally the phenomenon is visible, but they are no longer watching the horizon.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 223 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781905222124



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When Helena Campbell reads of the green ray in a local newspaper, she insists that she must see it, refusing to accept her uncle's plans for her to marry until she does. Thus she and her uncles sets off in an effort to see it with two potential suitors in tow. This is not my favorite of Verne's books. In part this is due to the fact that it is more of a romance and because the main character is female. Neither of which he seems to write very well. He's much better at the boy's club grand adventures. However, I found enough humor and interest in this book to keep reading. I didn't mind much when it ended, though.