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A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Ad Classic) Paperback – June 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0980921038 ISBN-10: 0980921031 Edition: Reprint
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"Fictional trips to the underground are a feature of all mythologies, but the best of the nineteenth-century tales is that of Verne." --Isaac Asimov - 1966 AD

When an eccentric professor acquires an ancient book, a riddle on a spare piece of parchment tucked neatly within its pages leads him and his nephew on an unparalleled adventure. The unlocked riddle brings them to a remote mountain on Iceland, where they enter an extinct volcano on a daring quest to reach the center of the earth. They soon find themselves at a giant underground ocean where the laws of science are constantly redefined and prehistoric creatures are in abundance. But in the bowels of the earth, a shocking discovery pits the travellers face to face with their own terrifying past.

Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth has been read by millions of inquisitive minds and has influenced some of the worlds most famous explorers such as Admiral Byrd, who announced on his 1926 expedition to the North Pole that "it is Jules Verne who is bringing me." And renowned cave explorer Norbert Casteret said in 1938 that A Journey to the Center of the Earth was a "marvelous book which impressed and fascinated me more than any other. I have re-read it many times, and I confess I sometimes re-read it still, each time finding anew the joys and enthusiasm of my childhood." --Engage Books, 2008

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"In 1864 Jules Verne published 'Journey to the Center of the Earth,' the charming narrative of the adventures of a party of three, led by a German professor of mineralogy - the irascible mad-scientist type - who have lowered themselves into an extinct volcanic crater."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: AD Classic; Reprint edition (June 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980921031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980921038
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Pulver on December 20, 2013
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A series of Verne books were sought to satisfy a request from my 12 yr old grandson. My research on Verne books indicated the early translations (when he was alive) were problematic, as they were rushed to market to satisfy the burgeoning interest in science fiction of the times. So I tried to get the annotated versions done later by Verne scholars. I was successful in that, and have read some of these myself, because Verne's view of the world was found by the scholars to be limited by the opinions of his day and replete with ethnic and national stereotypes in the story lines. I found that to be true, but could then address them with my grandson in our discussions of the stories. Of course, he was most interested in the "cool adventure stuff" anyway. Nevertheless, I think you owe it to yourself to get the most accurate translation you can and enjoy the annotations, too.

This book itself was priced reasonably and arrived promptly and in good condition. The story is a plausible, engaging fantasy by today's scientific standards; Verne did his research all right, but was at the mercy of the quality and depth of the understandings of his time. In this particular book, he used a short-chapter technique which makes it easy to read in little bites of attention that younger children ( and older grandparents!) tend to have. I found that enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SF Review on July 10, 2008
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Jules Verne explores a realm of fantastical possibilities deep within the bowels of the earth. The journey starts in the professor's study in Germany where an ancient parchment leads him and his nephew on an expedition to a remote mountain on Iceland. There they discover a deep chasm which leads the explorers to an amazing string of discoveries. There are vast oceans of water, giant mushrooms, storms, strange weather patterns, and a wide assortment of extinct creatures. This was Jules Verne's first dive into science fiction. A must read for any science fiction or fantasy lover.
This was a great read, and possibly one of the most updated translations of the original French work. Loved the illustrations.
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Why take a journey into space, when you can take a journey to the most mysterious place on earth. Actually it isn't on earth...but in it. Looking back 100 years, Journey to the Center of the Earth can be seen as an allegory of man and man's technology set against the awesome power of nature. In Jules Verne's 1864 iconic book Journey to the Center of the Earth, an unconventional professor and his nephew find an ancient book and a riddle on parchment that leads them on the strangest expedition. Upon solving the riddle, their findings lead them to a remote mountain in Iceland, where they enter an extinct volcano into the bowels of the earth. When entering the mysterious realm of the earth they are confronted by prehistoric animals and numerous natural hazards produced by the parallel environment. However, the explorers try to overcome their challenges with the use of their technology, which proves to be more useless than beneficial. Do the heroes survive by their own wits or the charity of nature?
Journey to the Center of the Earth, is one of the first of its kind in the genre of modern science fiction, which was revolutionized by Jules Verne. His revolutionary writings brought about many ideas explaining the unknown of the day that has just recently be proven wrong. That being said, this novel is a scientific masterpiece that would be enjoyed by all sci-fi fans young and old. "Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth"--Jules Verne. Jules Verne was a product of his times. In the mid-19th century, European civilization believed it could achieve any goal by application of modern technology.
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I think that this book is excellent. This story is fast paced, exciting, original and charming. When I read this book I it was very simple for me to imagine the pictures that were describing in this book. As a matter of fact, this book is outstanding because it was written in 1864 and at that time, it was impossible to imagine a journey to the center of the earth, so this book is really cool. Therefore, we can understand how far ahead of his time Jules Verne was in comprehending science.

Before reading this book, I have not ever thought that inside our planet may be something like a hidden world with oceans and ancient animals, but now it is not very hard for me to imagine this. Consequently, this book has changed my imagination and understanding of the world in general.

When I try to place myself on the place of one of the characters and imagine myself deep under the Earth, my heart sinks and I am starting to understand feelings of Harry who was alone in the heart of the planet. And I also think, that this book shows very well the deep knowledge of sciences of the author who wrote this excellent book. When you read it, you learn a lot of new information about geology and physic.

I have a very good impression of this book because I have learn't a lot of new information about world, I read about national traditions of people who live in a mountain of Iceland. And it was also very interesting to read a story that was written more then hundred years ago. Therefore I want to advise everybody to read this book.

There is also a hard cover version of this title: A Journey to the Center of the Earth (AD Classic)
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