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Journey to the Centre of the Earth Later Printing Edition
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I read the 'Harry' version first, but only partway through as it was terrible! I thought Verne was a bad writter or something. But, when I was older, I found another copy (Puffin Classics btw), and I thought I'd give it another go. That was one of the best books I had ever read, it funny and imaginative. The characters even had character!
Well, I looked into it, and compared my new version with the first book I had read and both of them with the original. Mine was pretty close. The names were kept the same, most of the sentences were similar in structure (so that someone like me who can't read french could tell that they were the same book).
The 'Harry version' however, invented entire chapters out of thin air, discarded others and changed significant plot points. I hope this helps some of you decide which one to get, and that there is more than one translation.
If the book starts with:
"ON 24 May 1863, a Sunday, my uncle, Professor Lidenbrock, came rushing back towards his little house at No.19 Konigstrasse, one of the oldest streets..."
You know you have the good version.
Otherwise, I love this book and would recomend it to anyone, whether a science fiction fan or not.
This Penguin/Puffin Classics translation (by Robert Baldick) of Verne's wonderful book is absolutely terrific. It is accurate and fun to read. (Sample it to see for yourself.) Of course, readers must make allowances for the book's old-fashioned content and style, and inevitably some (unable to do so) may feel it is too descriptive or that the plot advances too slowly. Hopefully others will find it quaint but exciting, its fabulous descriptions to be marveled at as they vicariously travel with the main characters on a once-in-a-lifetime journey deep inside the earth. Fanciful? Yes. Fun? Definitely. Memorable? Forever.
Any true translation (such as in this Puffin Classic) rightly identifies the professor as "Lidenbrock" or "Liedenbrock" NOT as "Hardwigg," and his young partner as "Axel" NOT "Harry." (That is how you can easily distinguish the real vs. a false, anonymous translation that, sadly, is still being sold as if it were the real thing; it isn't even a translation but an adaptation, a total rewrite with different names of characters and numerous plot alterations.) The extent of the problem and confusion becomes obvious when one reads the many reviews associated with this and other editions of this title; notice how many refer to Hardwigg and Harry. Sadly, these people, praising the bogus version as if it were Verne's, have not read the real thing. Don't YOU be fooled.
This very sound Baldick translation comes as close (in English) to what Verne actually wrote (in French) to tell his story. The old F.A.Read more ›
Axel narrates the story, and the strength of the novel lies in his character. The professor and the Icelandic guide are unusual personalities, but Axel is very real and easy to relate to. He really does not want to go in the first place, and he is most liable to greet dangers and risks by bemoaning his fate and declaring his party done for in their foolish efforts. It is he who suffers the most privation when the men's water runs out, and it is he who finds himself lost in the utter blackness of the caverns for three days.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is well paced. Jules Verne allows the reader to use their imagination at will. The ending fun if not one that would be expected.Published 4 days ago by Doug Wood-Boyle
I am making myself go through this, but find it really in the class with watching paint dry. The science is so outdated that it is agonizing. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
Glad I only downloaded the free sample. The illustrations were completely inappropriate and had absolutely nothing to do with the story. Big rip!Published 23 days ago by RestlessBoomer
I was pleasantly surprised to discover this recent translation of one of my favorite books.
The addition of the maps makes the reading experience even better. Read more
I never got the chance to read all the good literature out there, and this was one of them. The classics are worth the read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike
Most people today, if they are at all familiar with Jules Verne, it is through the many film adaptations of his work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by krebsman