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Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Penguin Popular Classics) [Paperback]

Jules Peabody Verne
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27 Oct 1994 Penguin Popular Classics
One of the finest adventures of science and exploration ever written. When Axel deciphers an old parchment that describes a secret passage through a volcano to the centre of the earth, nothing will stop his eccentric Uncle Lidenbrock from setting out at once. So, with silent Hans the guide, the two men embark on a perilous, astonishing, terrifying journey through the subterranean world - the most incredible voyage ever!


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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140621393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140621396
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'These two new graphic novel series bring to life the greatest stories ever told in comic strip form' -- C-details 2008

For kids who came of age after World War II, Classics Illustrated was our first encounter with stolen--or, put more mildly, borrowed--goods. How many kids, from the '40s through the '60s, first encountered Captain Ahab or Jean Valjean or Madame Defarge in the pages of those comics with the unforgettable yellow logo in the top left corner of the cover? Did we know who Charles Dickens was, or Victor Hugo, or Herman Melville? Probably not. We just knew that these were good stories, to be read and reread and passed around. -- Newsweek 2009

My senior year in high school, I took a test on "A Tale of Two Cities," a book I had somehow failed to read. What I had read, years before, was the Classics Illustrated version--read it so often that I had the story pretty much by heart. I aced the test.
-- Newsweek 2009

"My son Jack didn't like English at high school so I bought him a lot of comic versions of classic books such as Jekyll And Hyde, Kidnapped and Macbeth - now he wants to go to see the Shakespeare play.
"It's a great way to get people to read. The problem is that there just aren't enough comics out there any more."
Ian Rankin - author -- Ian Rankin 2008

(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. -- comicsintheclassroom Feb 2009 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verne's most thrilling novel 30 Nov 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 July 2011
By sam
Format:Paperback
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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Format:Paperback
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
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how have you not read this? 11 May 2014
By Mad Saint Uden VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was on my list of books I should have read, so I did. It is interesting to see where the various tellings pick up bits from and I did prefer the Guy Pierce film verson BUT having said that, this is a clasic and I think must be taken as so. Remember this was new when it was written.
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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 days 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 17 days ago by Hannah Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic read
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Published 21 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very pleased with this purchase, and I think that it is worthy of...
I am very pleased with this purchase, and I think that it is worthy of my assessment of the highest rating.
Published 1 month ago by Vytautas
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book
I was hesitant about reading a classic as a reluctant reader all my life. I love the imagination involved and picturing the story and it's curiosities as I read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sefmoo
5.0 out of 5 stars not read yet
I have not read this book yet so I cannot comment on it if it is anything like his mystery island it will be good
Published 3 months ago by MRS JEAN RICHARDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne classic is a triumph
A detailed journey to Iceland with an irritable professor begins the remarkable tale of a journey deep into the Earth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by foram
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldies still the best !!!
Classic. It was great to re-read and enjoy. Almost 150 years on it still had the suspense and wonder of adventure and was an easy going enjoyable read. Would recommend
Published 9 months ago by Oresteia
3.0 out of 5 stars I preferred "Around The World in 80 Days"
Sorry but I found this story a bit too long and too far fetched for my full enjoyment, but that might just be me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SMPEC
4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
No problems with purchase and although we all know the story and have probably seen the film it's far better as a book.
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