Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Paperback Book

Journey to the Centre of the Earth Paperback

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Journey to the Centre of the Earth has been consistently praised for its style and its vision of the world.

It explores the prehistory of the globe, but can also be read as a psychological quest, for the journey itself is as important as arrival or discovery.

Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel travel across Iceland, and then down through an extinct crater towards a sunless sea where they enter a living past and are confronted with the origins of man.

A classic of nineteenth-century French literature, the novel's distinctive combination of realism and Romanticism has marked figures as diverse as Sartre and Tournier, Mark Twain and Conan Doyle.

This new translation of the complete text is faithful to the lyricism, verve, and humour of the original.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199538072

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Some time ago it occurred to me how odd it was that I’d never in my life read any Jules Verne when he was responsible for such iconic works as this, <I>Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea</I> and <I>Around the World in Eighty Days</I>. So I decided to read some, making a start with this.Bearing that in mind, I was rather surprised to find the book a disappointment to me. I’m not saying it was at all difficult to read: I got through it effortlessly (I had the 2008, OUP translation), but I found it quite unsatisfying. Two of the main characters, Hans and the professor, are just caricatures, almost to the point of unbelievability. As for the third, the narrator, I don’t think Verne ever made up his mind what he was; his personality seems to change to suit various parts of the story. The plot involves little of development of the characters or the interactions between them.The plot is simple, little more than the descripton of their journey; and, indeed, the plot lines that are set up in the opening chapters are never resolved. On the journey itself we get a few glimpses of fantastical wonders but they are never developed upon.Perhaps, when the work was first published, Verne’s imagination was startlingly original enough to overcome these things – but time has taken that away. Perhaps the work is simply not suitable for grown-ups and I’m looking for too much in it. Either way I’m not in any hurry to read any more of his novels.

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A little is lost in translation and it's a bit dated. However this is still an entertaining story of a great adventure undertaken by two German geologists and their Icelandic guide. You just need to ignore certain scientific advances since it was written and make allowances for some attitudes of the time.

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