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From the Earth to the Moon and Round the Moon Kindle Edition
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This download includes two books, "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Round the Moon". Both are exceptional stories. If you only care about the story and can live with practically non-existent formatting or being able to skip to a chapter or the second book, then this is for you. Otherwise buy one of the versions you have to pay for and get a better "overall experience".
I read this book in its Penguin edition perhaps four or five times in my youth, having received if at Christmastide when I was about 11 or 12. I loved it, so when I got my Kindle, also at Christmastide last year, it was one of the first books I downloaded and read.
I enjoyed reliving my childhood fascination with this book. I recalled and warmed to Verne's fascination and obvious admiration for American ingenuity and spirit, and I remembered how much of what I learned about Physics started with my young fascination with this book.
But let's face it -- now re-read as an adult, Verne is an effective popular author but not a literary genius. That is, to follow C.S. Lewis's rubric in "An Experiment in Criticism," Verne writes to take us to the event and not for the word (perhaps I would not say that if I read him in French, as I ought to, but still, I can see in writers like Flaubert, Camus, and Moliere that they write for the word). Particularly in the latter part ("Round the Moon"), the writing seems stretched and turgid and artificial, a way for Verne to show off his knowledge of contemporary science and so on.
As the Romans said, sic transit gloria mundi. We get older, we think we get smarter, and we lose something. I'm glad this re-reading took me back to a time of wonder and fascination, something maybe I've lost as I've grown older.
150 years ago he succeeded in writing a scientific thriller with a pleasant absence of blood and guts and plenty of old fashioned morality and thought. He truly shows us what the TV has taken from us!
Not only is this original sci-fi, but it is a bit of a look into our society from that era.
---- I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.
For it's time, 1865, a very interesting read. He had nothing but extremely high praise for American ingenuity and while his understanding of the countryside was a bit off, it was 1865 after-all. He thought the highest mountain in the US was only 10000 feet but he did select Long's Peak in CO for his big telescope, which is not a bad choice if there was a road to the summit, which there isn't. Apparently he didn't know about Pike's Peak at over 14,000 feet. He also selected FL as the site of his cannon but invented a nearby 1800 ft mountain which doesn't exist since the highest spot in FL is only 300' or so above sea level.
Verne went into excruciating detail regarding the design of the big gun and the capsule to hold the three travelers. Somehow they survived being shot out of the cannon at 16,000 yards per sec but he had an ingenious method to absorb the shock, not that it would have actually worked, but it sounded good. During the trip, he describes what they did and the very fine meals they consumed, getting fat in the process. Mealtime was a big deal apparently in that era and somehow all of their food, equipment, and animals (yes, they brought along chickens and dogs, one of which died in space, to populate the moon) more or less survived. They did have to eject a dead dog yet somehow never lost much air to space and Verne describes how the dog's carcass followed the capsule along around the moon. They even measure the temperature of space and conceptually weren't all that far off.Read more ›
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Great read! I am enjoying reading some of the classics I read in my younger days.Published 1 month ago by Jace L. Martin
Price was right! You're compelled to read both books. Not as entertaining as 20,000 leagues ... but it was on my Jules Verne "Bucket List". Read morePublished 2 months ago by $Bill
classic. Victorian. books like this have not been written for decades.Published 2 months ago by William W.
Jules Verne was probably my first "favourite author" and I remember well, when I was still a child, those Sunday mornings I've spent reading and dreaming about all the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JOAONOGUEIRA