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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.
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 a total rewrite with different names and numerous plot alterations.) This Baldick translation comes as close (in English) to what Verne actually wrote (in French) to tell his story. The old F.A. Malleson translation also gets it right, but in modern times two translations stand out: one by Robert Baldick (this one) and one by William Butcher. They are both good, the difference mainly being a matter of style. Some prefer Butcher; I happen to prefer Baldick.
Don't let the fact that Baldick's translation here appears in a children's imprint deter you from considering it; this is not a simplified "kiddy" version. It appeared first in 1965 as an adult Penguin book, and twenty years later (unchanged) as a Puffin book, and now as an ebook. Butcher's is more recent and, as he is a noted Verne scholar, his credentials certainly carry weight. But that doesn't make him a better wordsmith. We read Verne primarily for fun and for the thrill of adventure. Baldick's translation enables us to do just that.
I highly recommend Baldick's translation in this Puffin edition to anyone, child or adult. By all means sample it to see for yourself, especially since the low price (as I write this, a mere $.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
J.V. needs no review from this pauper. His writing has stood the test of time. I first read this book at age nine and than twice more over the last 58 years. Read morePublished 19 days ago by paul d. howell
This review is for the Brilliance Audio CD. I listened to the audio clip to ensure I was ordering the version with Professor Lindenbrock and Axel, and instead received the version... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kb_norge
(My rating is neutral because this is a "midway review" of this book)
I went through a stage when I was Oscar's age when I would only read the Warriors books or... Read more
Jules Vernes writes in descriptive detail the journey to the center of the earth. I want to take that journey.Published 2 months ago by Julie Kaplan
Lots of fun. A good translation. faithful to the original. Verne pays a great deal of attention to detail, scientific and otherwise. Such a wonderful storyteller.Published 2 months ago by Patrick Duffey
This book was for my sons book report. He loved it. The book itself arrived quickly and was brand new.Published 3 months ago by Jax Hooks