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It was a pure joy to read this wonderful story of adventure, I felt entertained the whole way through.I loved the characters, the writing style and the plot so incredibly much I can t even explain why, I just had a good feeling every time I picked up this book. So my first experience of this story was the 1959 film a good year ha ha , that I saw probably in my early teens, normally around the Christmas time I have a penchant for 1950s sci fi B movies and this film was certainly part of my drive to read the books that were made into the wonderful films.So some time in the mid 70s I read this book and discovered there were loads that I knew I would enjoy.So fast forward 40 years and I ve probably watched the 50s movie than I ve read the book, so it was time to read the book again And what a memorable read it was, yes I could see James Mason as Professor Lindenbrook, but the characters are regardless of the movie well rounded and unique Considering it is not really a long book Jules managed to pack an amazing amount of story into such a small number of pages, a story that is fast paced and well constructed And worth reading if you are into classic sci fi or even if you just enjoyed the film 1959 version is far superior.Given it is now 5 years since I read this I had forgotten to write a review , it should certainly be making its way to the top of my TBR again. The Intrepid Professor Liedenbrock Embarks Upon The Strangest Expedition Of The Nineteenth Century A Journey Down An Extinct Icelandic Volcano To The Earth S Very Core In His Quest To Penetrate The Planet S Primordial Secrets, The Geologist Together With His Quaking Nephew Axel And Their Devoted Guide, Hans Discovers An Astonishing Subterranean Menagerie Of Prehistoric Proportions Verne S Imaginative Tale Is At Once The Ultimate Science Fiction Adventure And A Reflection On The Perfectibility Of Human Understanding And The Psychology Of The Questor 866 Voyage au centre de la Terre Journey To The Centre of The Earth A Journey to the Centre of the Earth A Journey to the Interior of the Earth Extraordinary Voyages 3 , Jules VerneJourney to the Center of the Earth French Voyage au centre de la Terre, also translated under the titles A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and A Journey to the Interior of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Sn fellsj kull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano 2010 19 1370 127 1371 19 1372 226 1375 126 1375 106 1376 125 9646209173 1380 1381 1384 1376 120 9645981255 1379 237 9644221761 1391 310 9789642131402 1397 32 9786009926114 When I was young I read this book and most of his others too I used to wonder about the Hollow Earth and often compared it to Middle Earth and Midgaurd Alice down the rabbit hole Shamballa and Hades Like At The Earths Core this book opens the imagination to an inner realm I have researched this concept and it is very fascinating indeed The diary of Admiral Byrd is worth looking into Agartha Ancient discoveries have been made illustrating this concept Were these greats of literature on to something Himmler believed in the concept and it is now proven fact that the Nazi s had interest in Antarctica They even had some sort of infrastructure there Imagine the possibility of a world within a world Like an atom is like a universe Protons and neutrons inside like miniature planets Inner space Like in the film Men In Black The universe is on Orion s Belt Orion is the cat and on his collar belt is a small glass marble containing the universe Inner space and different dimensions The mind boggles.Reading these old books can be hard to digest Sometimes the old way of writing can distract one from the story However, if the book becomes mundane, irksome or just a chore to read, try to stick with it Subconsciously the mind is expanding The vocabulary will broaden The senses amplify One individually enters their own world of academia The one reads, the aware one becomes Food for thought. This was a DNF for me when I was a teenager I loved the old movie, but I just couldn t get into the book.Then, I selected this for my Goodreads book club a couple of years ago thinking that now that I have grown up and read and because Jules Verne is one of the founding fathers of sci fi I would now love it Unfortunately, it was still a bit slow and hard to get through I enjoyed it, but it just didn t keep me enthralled liked I hoped it would.Then, I went back and watched the movie and I did not think it was as great as I remembered Sigh there goes one of my childhood memories Well that was fun.I staged an unarmed raid on the library and with some guilt I made off with Journey to the Centre of the Earth, my instinct was that this is a children s book and so taking it was the equivalent of grabbing an ice cream or a lollipop from a wailing child, though on reflection unlike the ice cream the book can be consumed a few times before it s glue binding cracks and the bound pages flutter free This edition even comes with 3 D glasses finally an immersive text, one can slide down an s , grab hold of a b and swing underneath, have your fall into the subtext broken by the sharp hook of a q , but it turned out that only the front cover is in 3 D which strikes me as a poor tease.In truth, and you may have suspected this if you have seen the film, it is not a very good adventure because the narrator is a participant on the journey, which indicates that his chances of surviving the trip without the loss of his fingers are pretty good Verne is a bit scatty on the details they do run out of water for a while but they seem to have magic food supplies, when desperately the adventurers share a last meal of some meat and a few biscuits each gets a pound of food each half a kilo, which is a fair quantity, suspiciously as though Jesus was the expedition s quarter master.Of interest I think to the popular adventure genre is the now classic odd couple in this case irascible mad Scientist uncle and cowardly by the book nephew off set by taciturn and universally capable guide Well you will say what about Mary Shelley s Frankenstein, surely he was a mad scientist, maybe even the first one Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Frankenstein is down at the tragic end of the familiar mad scientist spectrum while Professor Lidenbrook is way over on the charmingly eccentric end of the spectrum, and this type, I venture to suggest, has come to dominate the field He s the kind of geologist who sometimes broke his specimens through testing them too abruptly p.4 suggesting to me that one would be very cautious if shaking hands with him He is indifferent to scientific orthodoxy, everything can be disproved by unverifiable adventure while the by the book nephew is comically, yet reasonably, terrified by the likelihood of imminent death whether due to extreme heat, pressure, thirst, starvation, being consumed by prehistoric monsters, getting burnt up in pyroclastic flows and so on Verne maintains a lively flow despite a lack of plot or adventure or character development through short chapters and near constant incident Something is always happening Something inconsequential, but something none the less, like a Jackie Chan film At the end there is a terrible drive to rapidly finish what is in any case a pretty short adventure, as though Verne was sitting having his breakfast while his publisher was shouting through the letterboxJules, I know you re in there, you ve got to finish that story or we re done I was pleasantly surprised by the sense that Verne had done some research his Icelanders sitting down to feast on Skyr for instance, TV adverts tell me that happens all the time in Iceland, although curiously Verne refuses to mention woolly patterned pullovers But I was disappointed by the redundancy, the dreamy atmosphere of forests of mushrooms and colourless flowers,with petals like paper, rapidly brought to the page then left behind I get the impression of a mind over excited with incident and images, amusingly for a book called Journey to the centre of the earth we don t get to the centre of anything, we are firmly anchored to the surface, it is light hearted and whimsical, entirely populated by comical foreigners ie anybody not French , fun and I think deeply influential a Don Quixote for an age of mass popular culture maybe I m intrigued to think that he may have had some influence on Haldor Laxness, but then it s easy to imagine Laxness reading Verne as a child, the pastor reminiscent of Pastor Jon in Under the Glacier though the mysterious wife not troll like, just supernatural in another direction, perhaps Under the Glacier is a response to the cultural appropriation of Iceland by Verne, a re enchantment of the world beneath the lava fields and peat bogs a place not for blase exploration by German science, but of mystery, of Trolls, Elves and the eternal femme or God as she is otherwise known, but I need at least one rereading and some dreaming of colourless flowers with papery petals first before I m certain of that. I ve tried to make The Journey to the Centre of the earth myself people, and let me tell you, it is fraught with danger It should be a warning to you that I m writing this from the bed of a Burns unit by typing with two chargrilled finger stumps, because the centre of the earth is not some wonderfully hollow, sparkly geode, oh no In reality its a burning hot ball of lava, so hot that it makes the centre of a Pop Tart feel like a skinny dipping spree at the North Pole You have been warned Geology may rock but it can also get bloody warm as well If you don t believe me, and are still prone to believe the Jules Verne school of geological thought, I m backed up by the Wikipedia page where the person who wrote the entry for the book clearly states that Verne s description of the fantastical middle earth has been soundly refuted Let s face it, if the centre of the earth really was some kind of lost world of wonders, Disney would have sunk a two and a half mile deep elevator shaft down there sometime in the 1960s and we d all be queuing at the edge of a lava tube to pay 500 per ticket to get down there.If on the other hand you are still tempted to make a journey to the centre of the earth from the comfort of your own armchair then I m sure you ll be charmed and thrilled by the subterranean world of wonders which await Lava tubes like dried out waterflumes provide direct access to the labyrinthine maze of geological fun Middle world primordial seas which would have left modern day scientists to ponder the fact that the earth really resembles a partly filled laundry detergent ball , filled with giant fishes the likes of which would have had Hemingway weeping for mercy Dinosaurs wander through ancient primeval forests of petrified wood and giant mushrooms and barren shores of bleached bones reveal the true nature of humanities origins Essentially Verne has gathered together all the best and most interesting bits of Early World Prehistory the bits that you loved as a kid and created a memorable if scientifically confused master piece Ok, it s now a bit dated and yes the centre of the earth really is not quite a Verne would have us believe but this is old school story telling at its best. Why does Jules Verne often remind me of Monty Python I mean, it s not funny or anything Perhaps I was struck by the fact that Robur le conqu rant doesn t just feature a flying machine called the Albatross, but also gives you a precise figure for the speed of a swallow Anyway, with further apologies Me I wish to register a complaint about this novel, which I purchased not 45 years ago in this very boutique.John Cleese Oh yeah What s wrong wiv it Me The title is A Journey to the Center of the Earth.Cleese And Me Well, they never get to the center of the Earth.Cleese They almost do.Me They don t.Cleese They get than halfway there.Me Excuse me, what is the radius of the Earth Cleese Well guv, couldn t say offhandMe I ll tell you what it is It s 6,378 kilometers.Cleese Could be.Me And do you know how far down they get Cleese I d have to look that upMe Their maximum depth is about 320 kilometers.Cleese I don t see your point.Me They get about 4.7% of the way there.Cleese Look guv, there s dinosaursMe My good man, I don t care how many dinosaurs there are The story simply doesn t correspond to the title, that s all Here, let me give you an example Take this DVD, Anal Gangbang Slut 8 If the only thing that happened was that the woman removed her gloves, would you say I d got my money s worth Cleese She takes her shoes off as well.Me She does Cleese Yeah.Me Can I swap Cleese If you like guv No skin off my nose.Me DoneHuge animated foot comes down and squashes both actors Silly music, followed by announcer s voice Announcer And now for something completely different The All England Summarising Proust Competition.Contestant Proust in his first book, talked about, talked about As long as the heart beats, as long as your body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life I thought this book was brilliant and superbly well written by Venre as I will summarise below.It follows 3 main characters 1 Professor Lidenbrock a scientific genius who does not know when to quit even when the odds are less than 1% of success.2 His Nephew, Axel our narrator written in a similar way to Conon Doyle s Sherlock Holmes or Leroux s Joseph Routabille stories The insider following and reporting on the bizarre genius of the main character He is also highly intelligent but worries a bit too much He is the human emotional character is this death defying adventure.3 Hans Our trusty hunter, servant, side kick who is quiet, composed and saves every ones life about 3 times.I analysed this book as having 3 divisions in the way the story was created and therefore progressed.To begin with decoding a bizarre cipher, establishing the plot and the build up to the mission ending up in Iceland.Secondly, a quite sombre, despondent and slow segment about our gang penetrating the Earth via volcano and happenings in the seedy under passages in the worlds crust One scene truly stood out for me here which raised the tempo Axel finds himself lost from his crew with no rations, no light really no hope This scene was harrowing and claustrophobic as a reader we obviously put ourselves in that nightmare scenario That was gripping Finally, about the last 40% is all full of over enthusiastic energy and vigour and it is great Superbly paced narrative at this point including scenes of seeing fighting prehistoric monsters, being lost at sea in unbelievable and intense electric storms and if that all wasn t fun enough to conclude they get rip roaringly catapulted out of a volcano The book has some great set pieces.For some people I can see it is not an easy read It is very science based and used so much specialist language that it could put people off I have said previously that this wasn t an issue to me as I believe the effort you put in to a book rewards the overall outcome I am not a scientist but if I want to be in this world I have to adapt, enjoy and sometimes even learn the relevant terminology to get in to the characters minds The first 2 sections I mentioned were 4 star The final section is 6 star hence the review It is reminiscent of Conon Doyle s adventure tale The Lost World but instead of Professor Challenger and friends going up a formation mountain to find an amazing world, Professor Lidenbrock and chums do the opposite and go down I think this was free or about 0.99 on kindle so definitely worth picking up I will hopefully read another of the Extraordinary Voyages books soon and hope they follow in the same vein James x