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A review of the novel a journey to the center of the earth

  • The three wonder if the creature is a man-like ape, or an ape-like man;
  • The adventurers plan to blast the rock with gun cotton and paddle out to sea to escape the blast;
  • Younger readers will do better to look for one of the many adaptations;
  • It has advanced vocabulary, many scientific theories and overall may be a little hard to understand or read for children below 12 or 13.

This giant load of empty in my core, if filled, would likely have elevated this Gawd dim it, bollocks, ShazBot and shit snacks. This giant load of empty in my core, if filled, would likely have elevated this from a really good read to a cozy memory-rewind of simpler, happier times.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

So, yes, it hurts. So far, so good.

Classic Review: A Journey to the Center of the Earth

While perusing an ancient manuscript, Lidenbrock discovers a mysterious message encrypted in runic script. After cracking the code, with unexpected help from young Axel, the professor discovers that the message describes how to locate a secret passage leading to, uh, take a wild guess. Verne was a consummate story-teller who never wrote down to his audience or cut corners with his material.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

One of the most enjoyable aspects for me about reading his stories is the scientific thoughtfulness that Verne poured into his novels. True, much of his science is badly dated and many of his theories, including the central premise of this story, have long since been disproved and relegated to nonsenseville. However, when written, Verne was conscientious in his attempt to be as accurate as possible and employed a rigor to his plot elements and story details that few can match.

Still, there is genuine wonder here and excellently drawn characters who display remarkable depth for this kind of story. Add to that an ending that is perfectly suited for the tale and you have a classic, well done adventure yarn that should be read.

Oh, a final gripe in the interest of full disclosure. Two days after finishing this, I am still mildly annoyed by that snippet of the tale so I thought I would be remiss if I failed to mention it.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne - review

However, minor nits and compass annoyance aside, this was a great experience. I need to add a note to the doofus-brained asshats who put together the 1871 English translation published by Griffith and Farran.

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Worse, this version happens to be the one that the geniuses at Easton Press decided, in their unimaginable stupidity, to use in their collection of science fiction classic. Thank Odin and Cthulhu, the unabridged audiobook I listened to was the original, quality translation.

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

This actually gave me the ability to compare the to volumes. There is no comparison. As for the creators of the 1871 abomination, I only wish you could find yourself on the receiving end of justice.