A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Paperback, 268 pages

English language

Published June 18, 2007 by BiblioBazaar.

ISBN:
978-1-4346-3047-6
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OCLC Number:
261126745

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4 stars (78 reviews)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (French: Voyage au centre de la Terre), also translated with the variant titles A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and A Journey into the Interior of the Earth), is a classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne. It was first published in French in 1864, then reissued in 1867 in a revised and expanded edition. Professor Otto Lidenbrock is the tale's central figure, an eccentric German scientist who believes there are volcanic tubes that reach to the very center of the earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their Icelandic guide Hans rappel into Iceland's celebrated inactive volcano Snæfellsjökull, then contend with many dangers, including cave-ins, subpolar tornadoes, an underground ocean, and living prehistoric creatures from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. (The 1867 revised edition inserted additional prehistoric material in Chaps. 37–39.) Eventually the three explorers are spewed back to the surface …

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5 stars

One of my favorite books of all time. I was introduced to this book via the 'Penguin Classics' series, the branding of which, for some reason, I was attracted to as a child. I was in second grade the first time I read it, and by fourth grade I'd been through it three or four times. However, in fourth grade we had reading goals, in which we had to read so many approved chapter books by a certain date in order to get credit for the assignment. I told my teacher, Mrs. B**, that I'd read this book before, and she did not believe me. When I insisted she accused me, in front of the entire class, of lying, and didn't let me sit down until I admitted to lying to her. Later she gave me a mercy pass of a 70 for a creative writing assignment in …

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2 stars

Get ready for a hike, it's pretty much all walking or boating around. Minecraft the book?

Verne front loads the racism:
Calls someone So-and-so the Jew;
Describes a sooty figurehead pipe as becoming a "negress";
References savages in South America and Africa.

But mostly just stereotypes an Icelander for the rest of the book.

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3 stars

To the schists succeeded the gneiss, of a stratiform structure, and remarkable for the regularity and parallelism of its laminae. Then the mica schists disposed in great flakes, which are revealed to the eye by the sparkles of the white mica.

Man, I hope you like reading about rocks!

I have a spotty track record with ~classics~, but saw this one at my local library and figured it was slim enough to give it my time. For a book as short as it is, it certainly took me a long time to get through it, which I chalk up (pun intended) to a lack of interest. If I were asked to come up with a central defining conflict of this story, anything I came up with would feel like a stretch. It really felt like Verne just wanted to write a wacky adventure and didn't care about how the characters …

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