Journey to the Centre of the Earth
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Science-fiction wizard Jules Verne takes us not to outer space or to the ocean's depths, but straight into the heart of the planet in this astonishing 1864 work. Professor Lidenbrock comes across an ancient manuscript one day, and refuses to let anyone in his house eat or sleep until he has solved the mysterious coded message in it. After days of struggling, at last a solution is found and Lidenbrock discovers that the manuscript tells the story of an ancient Icelandic explorer who claims to have traveled to the center of the earth via a volcano. Surely this is just a legend, for what could be more impossible, we may wonder. Only the incomparable Professor Lidenbrock sees no obstacle to replicating this astounding quest. He quickly sets off, with a nervous crew at hand, to voyage to the earth's core. Strange sights and terrifying dangers await these bold travelers. Will they survive and follow in the ancient explorer's footsteps? Or will this impossible journey prove too much for any human?
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Looking back to all that has occurred to me since that eventful day, I am scarcely able to believe in the reality of my adventures. They were truly so wonderful that even now I am bewildered when I think of them.
My uncle was a German, having married my mother's sister, an Englishwoman. Being very ...
Reviewed by Batchad28 on Apr 16, 2011
I haven't read this book in nearly 25 years, but it was just as awesome a read this time as the last!
Reviewed by giveGodtheglory on Jan 25, 2011
The old books of this type all have a very similar ending. Even though this one's happier than most it's not very different otherwise.
Reviewed by Lolabean on Feb 24, 2009
I really didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. I found the main character (Henry) to be one of the most irritating characters I have ever come across in literature. To call him melodramatic is the understatement of the century. I also found the other characters to be extremely flat and uninteresting.
Reviewed by peachgiraffe on Mar 10, 2009
I liked this book and I thought that it was interesting, however, it dragged during thr boring parts making them even more unenjoyable and the exiting parts went by too quickly. When trouble arose and the suspension built, the characters' problems were solved within a page or two.
Reviewed by Mark_thetrigeek on Jul 21, 2010
Really shows its age
A few others have mentioned what I went through as well. After a rather rapid start there were some very slow parts. Not to mention the entire premise is no longer possible given what science now knows. Simply put this story shows it's age. It's still a fun a read just not as fun as it was when first written.
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