by JULES VERNE
Translated into English by Edward Baxter
BearManor Fiction, Albany, GA, 2011
This work by Jules Verne is not what the reader of Around the World or Twenty Thousand Leagues might expect. A native of the north-western region of France, Verne did not set his stories there with the exception of Chanteleine. In his youth he had met at an uncle’s house the children of a Vendéan hero, Pierre-Suzanne Lucas de La Championnière, one of Charette’s lieutenants in the Vendée. (Consequently he may have read in manuscript La Championnière’s memoir of the war in the Vendée.) It was this memory which was the seed of Chanteleine.