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Journey to the Center of the Earth Paperback – November 6, 2018
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It's only just now starting to hit me just how much this kind of phoned-in nonsense is flooding the paperback market here in the internet era. When I opened this 'edition,' if it can even be called that, I realized that I'd received my first version of something a number of my friends have already experienced: a completely careless, cut-and-pasted, no-pagination-having pile of lazy nonsense. No chapter breaks. All paragraphs block formatted with no extra spacing, even dialogue. No attention paid whatsoever to any other formatting, and it's clear that the sourced text wasn't proofread.
If you're getting ready to buy this copy, I cannot more strongly suggest that you either buy a digital version (which, ridiculously, would still be preferable to someone who prefers books) or find one from an established publisher with a reputation to uphold. I wouldn't be surprised if the publisher(s) of this book didn't look at the text at all or if they were just pumping out trash editions for fast cash from a basement somewhere.
In, short, it's disgraceful for Amazon to sell this edition and to allow it to be recommended or listed as a priority for those looking for print editions. I imagine it's going to be our duty as consumers to do our best not to support this kind of careless charlatanism. DO NOT BUY THIS.
Verne focuses on the science of the day with evolving theories about the heated nature of the earth's core. There's also much scientific exploration (in Latin) with discoveries of extinct creatures and plants. Verne displays comprehensive knowledge of the extant science of his day and plays with theoretical controversies.
It is disjointed, hard to read, and altered by the translator.
The grammar is terrible. The personalities don't fit. Entire chapters have been deleted by the translator, and other chapters have been entirely made up by the translator. And, some portions of the text appear to be transliterations, rather than conceptual translations. That renders some portions nearly unreadable.
This translation is not a -bad- story, but there are other versions that are FAR better.
The most fluid, flowing, and faithful English translation is that of Frederick Amadeus Malleson, titled "Journey to the Interior of the Earth" (or "A Journey Into the Interior of the Earth"). That should be no surprise, considering his translation was published in 1877, alongside the original French version.
The Malleson translation is not currently available on Amazon, but can be found by following Amazon's link to archive.org (on Amazon's "Free eBook Collections" page).