The Children of Captain Grant

This article is about the novel by Jules Verne. For the 1962 Walt Disney Studios film, see In Search of the Castaways (film).
In Search of the Castaways
Frontispiece of the original edition
Author Jules Verne
Original title Les Enfants du capitaine Grant
Illustrator Édouard Riou
Country France
Language French
Series The Extraordinary Voyages #5
Genre Adventure novel
Publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel
Publication date 1867–1868
Published in English 1873
Media type Print (Hardback)
Preceded by From the Earth to the Moon
Followed by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

In Search of the Castaways (French: Les Enfants du capitaine Grant, lit. The Children of Captain Grant) is a novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1867–1868. The original edition, published by Hetzel, contains a number of illustrations by Édouard Riou. In 1876 it was republished by George Routledge & Sons as a three volume set titled "A Voyage Round The World". The three volumes were subtitled "South America", "Australia", and "New Zealand".

Plot summary

The book tells the story of the quest for Captain Grant of the Britannia. After finding a bottle cast into the ocean by the captain himself after the Britannia is shipwrecked, Lord and Lady Glenarvan of Scotland contact Mary and Robert, the young daughter and son of Captain Grant, through an announcement in a newspaper. Moved by the children's condition, Lord and Lady Glenarvan decide to launch a rescue expedition. The main difficulty is that the coordinates of the wreckage are mostly erased, and only the latitude (37 degrees) is known; thus, the expedition would have to circumnavigate the 37th parallel south. Remaining clues consist of a few words in three languages. They are re-interpreted several times throughout the novel to make various destinations seem likely.

Lord Glenarvan makes it his quest to find Grant; together with his wife, Grant's children and the crew of his yacht, the Duncan, they set off for South America. An unexpected passenger in the form of French geographer Jacques Paganel (he missed his steamer to India by accidentally boarding on the Duncan) joins the search. They explore Patagonia, Tristan da Cunha Island, Amsterdam Island, and Australia (a pretext to describe the flora, fauna, and geography of numerous places to the targeted audience).

There, they find a former quarter-master of the Britannia, Ayrton, who proposes to lead them to the site of the wreckage. However, Ayrton is a traitor, who was not present during the loss of the Britannia, but was abandoned in Australia after a failed attempt to seize control of the ship to practice piracy. He tries to take control of the Duncan, but out of sheer luck, this attempt also fails. However the Glenarvans, the Grant children, Paganel and some sailors are left in Australia, and mistakenly believing that the Duncan is lost, they sail to Auckland, New Zealand, from where they want to come back to Europe. When their ship is wrecked south of Auckland on the New Zealand coast, they are captured by a Māori tribe, but luckily manage to escape and board a ship that they discover, with their greatest surprise, to be the Duncan.

Ayrton, made a prisoner, offers to trade his knowledge of Captain Grant in exchange for being abandoned on a desert island instead of being surrendered to the British authorities. The Duncan sets sail for the Tabor Island, which, out of sheer luck, turns out to be Captain Grant's shelter. They leave Ayrton in his place to live among the beasts and regain his humanity.

Ayrton reappears in Verne's later novel, L'Île mystérieuse (The Mysterious Island, 1874).


  • 1936 - Дети капитана Гранта (Deti kapitana Granta), Internet Movie Database).
  • 1962 - Internet Movie Database).
  • 1985 - В поисках капитана Гранта (V poiskakh kapitana Granta, In Search of Captain Grant, "Децата на капитан Грант"), Internet Movie Database)


External links

  • In Search of the Castaways at Project Gutenberg
  • Les enfants du Capitaine Grant at Project Gutenberg (French)
  • 177 illustrations by Édouard Riou from Les Enfants du capitaine Grant (1865–66)

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