Listing books by Jules Verne
|Full title||Journey to the Centre of the Earth [permalink]|
|Original title||Voyage au centre de la Terre|
|Authors||David Stuart Davies and Jules Verne|
|Categories||Novel and science fiction|
|Series||Extraordinary Voyages (3/54)|
|Publisher series||Wordsworth Classics|
|Original publication year||1864|
|ISBN||978-1-85326-287-6 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
The novel follows three people on their journey to the center of the earth: Axel Liedenbrock (the narrator), his eccentric uncle Otto Liedenbrock (a professor of geology), and their Icelandic guide Hans Bjelke. One day in May 1863, Otto discovers a cryptographic message in a copy of Snorre Sturluson's "Heimskringla", and after some trouble decipthering its message, makes it out to read:
Go down into the crater of Snaefells Jökull, which Scartaris's shadow caresses just before the calends of July, O daring traveler, and you'll make it to the center of the earth. I've done so. Arne Saknussemm
They proceed on their journey to the inside of the Earth. To say much more would be to spoil the story!
I found it an exhilarating read, even if the story and the way of writing is a little dated. This is a timeless classic for a reason! Go pick it up if you want a fun, relatively short ride.
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|Full title||Around the World in Eighty Days [permalink]|
|Original title||Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours|
|Author||Jules Verne (author)|
|Categories||Adventure and novel|
|Series||Extraordinary Voyages (11/54)|
Phileas Fogg, a London gentleman of the Reform Club (which is actually a real club), and his French valet, Passepartout, make a £20 000 bet with the other gentlemen of the Reform Club that circumnavigation of the Earth is possible in fewer than eighty days.
One would suspect that the novel would be boring nowadays, when circumnavigation can be done in far fewer than eighty days, but this is not the case. It's not so much the feat itself as the sense of adventure that makes the novel really good (and there is plenty of adventure to go around).