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

Jules Verne , William Butcher

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12 Jun 2008 Oxford World's Classics
Journey to the Centre of the Earth has been consistently praised for its style and its vision of the world. It explores the prehistory of the globe, but can also be read as a psychological quest, for the journey itself is as important as arrival or discovery. Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel travel across Iceland, and then down through an extinct crater towards a sunless sea where they enter a living past and are confronted with the origins of man. A classic of nineteenth-century French literature, the novel's distinctive combination of realism and Romanticism has marked figures as diverse as Sartre and Tournier, Mark Twain and Conan Doyle.

This new translation of the complete text is faithful to the lyricism, verve, and humour of the original.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reprint edition (12 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538072
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a virtuoso exegete (French Studies)

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About the Author

William Butcher is a lecturer in French, and has taught modern languages and pure mathematics in Malaysia and France.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for good reasons 3 May 2014
By Barbara L. Danby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Of all authors, Jules Verne has probably been the most unfortunate in the translations of his works. His books are not children's or just young people's stories, but were altered in translation to suit that audience. The result was often the re-arrangement of characters or events within the story, entire chapters were eliminated and other, terrible alterations were made to fit a group of readers and to ignore the author's intention.
This book, a true translation is Verne at his best. The story is exciting, the characters well developed. It is a hundred plus years overdue, but the story is as wonderful now as when it was written. A great addition in any library.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are thinking Arlene Dahl, you will be shocked. 5 Aug 2014
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
I grew up on the James Mason movie, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959), so it was quite a shocker to read the book. You could imagine to my dismay the absents of quite a few characters and the center of the story is Germany not Scotland.

Now for avid readers you could care less about old movies, I can truthfully say that this is one of Jules Verne's best stories and well told.

What you will find more interesting and fun about this tale is the characters and their interaction. One of my favorite parts is when Harry who did not want to go to the center of the earth with his uncle, Professor Hardwigg; he turned to his affianced, Gretchen, and was planning on her to stop him. Her answer is shockingly disappointing to him.

"While there is life there is hope. I beg to assert, Henry, that as long as man's heart beats, as long as man's flesh quivers, I do not allow that being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to despair"

Be prepared as the bulk of the book is really a geological journey back through time and forward again painfully spelled out by Harry whom is the first person narrator.

The Kindle version does not have actual picture of the runes in chapter 1. Moreover, a tad off on pronunciations. Other than that, it is more than worth obtaining along with a hard copy for your library.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Translation of a Verne Classic 11 April 2014
By z - Published on Amazon.com
This is a worthwhile edition of one Verne's better works. Plenty of action, adventure and humor in this one. Beware of lesser editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
By Searlas Lochlainn - Published on Amazon.com
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