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“The tension between the armchair and adventure, between security and possibility, lies at the heart of Verne, as of his age—an age of scientific, technical, industrial, colonial expansion, but also of questioning and reverie . . . The template of Verne’s great novels [is] a fusing of myth and the real; a new, modern, awestruck apprehension of the man-made and the natural; a dream—yet sometimes nightmare—of the possibilities of mankind, technology and the sublime.”
—from the Introduction by Tim Farrant

About the Author

JULES VERNE, the "father of science fiction," was born in Nantes, France, in 1828 and died in 1905. He began writing while studying to be a lawyer; when his father discovered this, he cut him off and Verne was forced to support himself as a stockbroker. Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas offered the young Verne writing advice, and eventually he found a publisher who brought out his first adventure novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, in 1863. Set in Africa, it was an instant hit and made Verne financially independent; he went on to write one to two books a year for the rest of his life.

TIM FARRANT is a Lecturer in French at Oxford University and a Fellow of Pembroke College. He is the author of An Introduction to Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Balzac's Shorter Fictions.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307961486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307961488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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When French novelist Jules Verne climbed onto the bestseller lists in the 1860s, British publishing houses rushed translations of his works into print. Three publishers competed with particular energy for this Verne-in-English market: Sampson Low ... Ward, Lock ... and George Routledge. All of their texts have been in the public domain for decades, though the latter's, for some reason, haven't been
reprinted as frequently.

This new collection features Routledge versions from the 1870s of three Verne favorites, an anonymous translation of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH plus renderings by Henry Frith of TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and ROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. Of course these novels are available in appealing modern translations, but this Everyman threesome has its points, particularly for specialists. For one thing, it's elegantly typeset and bound in real cloth. For another, these texts offer both historical interest and - sometimes - considerable narrative punch.

In fact I prefer Routledge's edition of JOURNEY (1876) to any of its Victorian rivals - it's respectful, good-humored, essentially complete, and doesn't embroider like its 1877 competitor from Ward, Lock. Of course its language is quaint, and there are a few blunders (those "3,000 square miles" on p. 153), yet it does the work real justice. On the other hand Routledge's 80 DAYS (1878) is less valuable. Its translator was juvenile author/adaptor Henry Frith, who reworks Verne's French into idiomatic Victorian English but streamlines specifics: when Fogg dines, Frith leaves out the condiments ... if Verne describes Japan's military in 70 words, Frith cuts them in half ... during a rollicking acrobatic performance, Frith skips the climax of the warm-up act.
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Your humble reviewer has become addicted to the Everyman Classics Series. The books are hardbound, have a nice cloth bookmark, adequate introductions and are printed on quality paper. The books are small enough to hold comfortable in one's hands. This edition of Jules Verne (1828-1905) show us the genius of one of the greatest and earliest of science fiction authors. In this edition we read three of his novels
1. To The Center of the Earth-A German scientist and a team seek to travel underground to the center of the earth in series of breathtaking
adventures. 2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- The infamous Captain Nemo (Latin for "No man") and his submarine explore the ocean depths and explore philosophical issues.
3. Around The World in 80 Days-English gentleman Phileas Fogg and his French servant travel around the world in eighty days in order to win a bet placed at his London Men's Club. Several adventures find the travelers in perilous situations in such locales as India, China, the American West and on the high seas. Along the way Fogg finds true love and saves a woman from being burned to death in the Indian practice of suttee.
Verne wrote highly original fiction which is easy to read and fast paced. Enjoy!
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There's no way in the way that my review can hold a candle, lit or unlit, to that of 10/05/13. However, I do second his comments not from awe over his credentials but rather from simple agreement with what he says. Many of first English translations of Verne were abridged or just inferior in style. The three in this omnibus volume suffer from those faults now and then, though the essences of the stories still shine through. For my part, I prefer the translation of 20,000 Leagues by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter, published by the Naval Institute Press, but I certainly will not dismiss the recommendations of that other reviewer. If you don't mind quaint phrasing and aren't a stickler for completeness, this is certainly an attractive volume of a Verne trifecta that should please most people, including the bright young reader. For more vigorous and, here and there, more accurate renditions of Verne into English, more definitive modern translations are preferable -- e.g., those mentioned in the other review from Oxford and the one I cite above.
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I thought it was going to be 3 separate books, but they were all in one. Not a big deal just not what I was expecting. Happy overall though!
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