“This book is an illuminating rarity among Verne's output, a Gothic-steeped romance whose scientific aspects are kept hidden till the climax…. let us pay homage to the fine new translation by the experienced and talented Charlotte Mandell…. This creative upgrade in the quality of the prose and fidelity to the original text persists throughout the novel, and sets high standards for the reader's enjoyment….Verne's tale remains compulsively readable.”
Paul DiFilippo, Salon
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About the Author
Founding father of science fiction, Jules Verne caught the enterprising scientific spirit of the 19th Century, and its fascination with scientific inventions, in his enormously popular tales and adventure stories. Like Around the World in Eighty Days and A Journey to the Center of the Earth, the stories all magically combine scientific probability, the wonders of the imagination and fantastic flights of fancy.