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A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

James De Mille (1833-1880)

1. 01 – The Finding of the Copper Cylinder
2. 02 – Adrift in the Antarctic Ocean
3. 03 – A World of Fire and Desolation
4. 04 – The Sight of Human Beings
5. 05 – The Torrent Sweeping Under the Mountains
6. 06 – The New World
7. 07 – Scientific Theories and Scepticism
8. 08 – The Cave Dwellers
9. 09 – The Cavern of the Dead
10. 10 – The Sacred Hunt
11. 11 – The Swamp Monster
12. 12 – The Baleful Sacrifice
13. 13 – The Awful ‘Mista Kosek’
14. 14 – I Learn My Doom
15. 15 – The Kohen Is Inexorable
16. 16 – The Kosekin
17. 17 – Belief and Unbelief
18. 18 – A Voyage Over the Pole
19. 19 – The Wonders of the Amir
20. 20 – The Dark Maiden Layelah
21. 21 – The Flying Monster
22. 22 – Escape
23. 23 – The Island of Fire
24. 24 – Recapture
25. 25 – Falling, Like Icarus, Into the Sea
26. 26 – Grimm’s Law, Again
27. 27 – Oxenden Preaches a Sermon
28. 28 – Prison
29. 29 – The Ceremony of Separation
30. 30 – The Day of Sacrifice
31. 31 – Conclusion

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Summary

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder is the most popular of James De Mille’s works. It was serialized posthumously in Harper’s Weekly, and published in book form by Harper and Brothers of New York City in 1888. This satirical romance is the story of Adam More, a British sailor. Shipwrecked in Antarctica, he stumbles upon a tropical lost world of prehistoric animals, plants, and a cult of death-worshipping primitives. He also finds a highly developed human society which has reversed the values of Victorian society. Wealth is scorned and poverty revered; death and darkness are preferrable to life and light. Rather than accumulating wealth, the natives seek to divest themselves of it as quickly as possible. At the beginning of each year, the government imposes wealth (the burden of “reverse taxation”) upon its unfortunate subjects as a form of punishment. A secondary plot about the four yachtsmen who find the manuscript forms a frame for the central narrative.

Reviews

Bernie

- A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

The story was OK, not great but OK, very abrupt finish. The narration by the several different readers varied in quality from poor to good and the same was true for the audio quality of the recordings.