A Fantasy of Dr. Ox

Jules Verne
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A Fantasy of Dr. Ox


This is Jules Verne in a lighter mood that I have ever encountered him.

In the Flemish town of Quiquendone, the pace of life is so leisurely courtships last a decade, operas cannot be performed in less that a week, and a major point of contention in an incident involving a cow from the neighboring village that occurred over 800 years ago. Dr Ox, a mysterious visitor to Quiquendone, arrives with a plan to bring gas-powered light to the town. The cautious village council members should have been more suspicious.

To thoroughly enjoy this tale, you might need the nineteenth-century French opinion of the Flemish, but it is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.