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Three Novels: Journey to the Center of the Earth / Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea / Round the World in Eighty Days Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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—from the Introduction by Tim Farrant
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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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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.Read more ›
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!