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Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Jules Verne , William Butcher
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16 July 1998 0192836757 978-0192836755 New edition
This new translation is faithful to the lyricism, verve, and humour of the original, and is the only annotated edition available.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (16 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192836757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192836755
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,224,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(For) 5th-6th Grade English And Literature - Classic Illustrated and a newer series called Marvel Illustrated are ideal for these grades and age groups, these titles can be used to enhance the story or novel that the student is reading, the issues can also bring the material more to life, also the issues can help those students that may be struggling in reading or comprehension by matching the words with illustrations. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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ON 24 May 1863, a Sunday, my uncle, Professor Lidenbrock, came rushing back towards his little house at No.19 Konigstrasse, one of the oldest streets in the historic part of Hamburg. Read the first page
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verne's most thrilling novel 30 Nov 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book proves Verne's greatness as a writer of fiction. The science in this science fiction flies largely in the face of modern science, yet the read is no less gripping today than it was in its infancy. The story is pretty simple. Professor Lidenbrock, a neurotically impatient scientist, discovers a cryptic manuscript written by a long-dead explorer; with the help of his nephew, he decodes the cryptogram to read an account of a journey to the center of the earth begun beneath a dormant volcano in Iceland. The nephew, Axel, a talented geologist and mineralogist himself, refuses to believe that the core of the earth is not exceedingly hot; additionally, he cares more about Grauben, the eccentric professor's ward, than risking his life on a scientific adventure. He proves unable to dissuade his uncle and thus joins with him on a journey to Iceland. There, they hire a stoic Icelander to lead them down into the earth. Most of the action takes place underground, with the adventurers suffering several trials, daring risks, and finally discovering a whole new world hidden miles below the earth's crust. The ultimate trial and danger they face consists of returning to the surface.
Axel narrates the story, and the strength of the novel lies in his character. The professor and the Icelandic guide are unusual personalities, but Axel is very real and easy to relate to. He really does not want to go in the first place, and he is most liable to greet dangers and risks by bemoaning his fate and declaring his party done for in their foolish efforts. It is he who suffers the most privation when the men's water runs out, and it is he who finds himself lost in the utter blackness of the caverns for three days.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 July 2011
By sam
I am 11 years old and a very reluctant reader and I found
this book very interesting and a lot easier to read than ordinary books. This book is perfect for adventure lovers. Its so good I got hooked immediately and finished it very quickly.
I have already ordered more from this series.
I highly recommend this book for all those who like comics and adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When I first read this book I was thrilled! It only gets better when you re-read it. Verne uses excellent descriptions so that readers can walk right along side Axel, his uncle and Hans on an expedition to reach the center of the globe! This is a novel siuation that no "traveler" ever recounted before so there are many surprises. The numerous adventures and use of first person narritive highten the supense. Fans of science fiction and of great lituature will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it was a great book 25 Feb 1999
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This book is one of the best books I read.It's about professor Hardwigg,His nephew Harry,and their Icelandic guide Hans in a daring quest to the center of the earth.Guided by an ancient parchment filled woth a mysterious Runic code,the three exploers encounter tumultous storms,wild pre-historic animals,vast underground seas and fierce caveman.This book has stuff that happens you wouldn't think of.This book is exciting and it's hard to stop reading.At the start of the book it seams a little boring but once they start their journey in the volcanoe it's action packed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief 26 Dec 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A timeless popular classic from the father of science-fiction, I had seen the film before but I had not read the book since childhood. Reading it again made me marvel at the imagination and igenuity of a man who wrote this book remember, at the same time as the American Civil War was being played out across the Atlantic. His description of the geology encountered on the journey and the scientific observations noted by the Professor and Axel make the one hundred and thirty years since this book was first published seem irrelevant. It makes you pause and think and if you are prepared to have your disbelief suspended then you will enjoy the journey.
Starting in Hamburg, where Professor Lidenbrock uncovers a rare manuscript, the "Heims Kringlas", containing an encyphered message by Arne Saknussemm, a famous 16th-century Icelandic alchemist, telling of his journey to the centre of the earth, we are transported on an amazing journey to the very bowels of the earth with the Professor, his ever-suffering nephew Axel and their stoical Icelandic guide Hans.
From their starting point inside the Icelandic volcano Sneffels, our trio follow in the footsteps of Saknussemm, descending along a trail of underground passages, lava gallerys and amazing geological formations; overcoming exhaustion, dead-ends and a lack of water, before emerging onto an underground sea lit by an "electric light", and inhabited by prehistoric creatures. More astounding still; they catch sight of twelve foot high humans who tend flocks of mastodons.
Through it all the Professor exhorts and bullies, Axel despairs and questions, whilst Hans, silently and without ceremony, saves their lives again and again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth, yet not 31 Dec 2004
There are some scenes that stay in my memory from this book. One of these is when the adventuring trio raft across an underground ocean and have to stay on a raft in the midst of a fight between giant nemesis sea 'dinosaurs'. Another is when the narrator thinks that he has lost his companions and his torch breaks so he is left in the dark miles underground thinking that he is forever lost. I truly felt the fear of being lost to its extreme when reading this. He does manage to find the professor and Hans, but the means are about as crazy as so much in this book, (which is a quaint thing about the book). I think Jules Vernes does the "dare to be bad" thing with the unlikely things that happen, but he might have taken this too far and actually ended up by being a little bit bad because of these totally impossible and unbelievable things that happen or things which the travellers survive for a happy ending, (such as being ejected up from miles underground through the vent of a volcano and surviving). This is probably the most enjoyable and visual adventure story that I have read, and actually, although the things that happen are hard to believe, this is slightly in dream territory, and Vernes clearly had an appreciation for geology and things. I did an A-level in geology, and every time that I was going to object to one of his suggestions he would then justify it. (One of these was that I objected that under the earth it would be far too hot to survive, but Verne justifies this by saying that the protagonists go underground in a tunnel made of granite and hence the temperature gradient doesn't effect them much. At least he know which parts to justify. This must be one of the earliest science fiction books, and is sort of geological science fiction. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like the films
I'm still reading this and I must say it's nothing like the films made over the years, much more enjoyable I think, lesson I think is read the book before you see the film.
Published 4 days ago by Janey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Swift delivery and met expectation. My boy was very pleased. Thank you!
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. F. Shahzad
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A fantastic adventure written in a time when the world was a smaller place
Published 12 days ago by MMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book kept u from putting it down
would recommend this book to people who enjoys skyfi books and film's as some parts r a bit far fetched but still enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by xtremesue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent read
Published 1 month ago by Alasdair
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 1 month ago by BusyMum
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
really good read classic adventure story
Published 2 months ago by MoonpigMelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic novel. Nothing like the movies!
A great classic book and we'll worth reading if you have watched the many movie versions that regularly appear on the market. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Archie SK
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommend the version for younger readers instead as the language ...
Bought to use in primary school. Recommend the version for younger readers instead as the language was slightly too advanced for most children in this version.
Published 3 months ago by Celia
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique classic
Axel cracks the code to a runic manuscript which reveals that its author has found a passage to the centre of the Earth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hannah Lewis
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