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Verne Jules : Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Sc) (Signet classics) Mass Market Paperback – 20 Sep 1990

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia (20 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451523431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451523433
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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"Verne's imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time" (Daily Mail)

"Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one of the most famous novels ever written. Verne has left us an extraordinary book, which has withstood the test of time better than some of the science described within it. It has brought delight to generations of readers, and will for many more. There is nothing so rare as the chance to take an impossible journey, and to believe it so powerfully that we wonder if we will make it out alive. That's magic. And that's Verne's gift." (Michael Crichton Daily Telegraph)

"The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived" (Arthur C. Clarke)

"Fantasised a parallel world to ours under the earth's crust. This hypothesis was both popular and subscribed to, even by reputable scientists, in the 19th century. Verne's tale was flagrantly ripped off; (by Edgar Rice Burroughs, among others, with his "Pellucidar" series) but remains the best of its (scientifically) preposterous kind." (John Sutherland Guardian)

"Jules Vernes most spectacular visions of the future have remained classic science fantasies" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the 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 the Paperback edition.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sam on 20 July 2011
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 1999
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2015
Format: Paperback
Be stunned and amazed at this 3D cover (or not) on the front of this Vintage Classics edition, go on and wow your friends with it. Inside the front cover is a pair of 3D specs so that you can view the cover properly, and these can also be used as an impromptu bookmark.

One of Verne’s most famous and popular novels this is still a fun read for both children and adults. When Professor Otto Lidenbrock comes across a 16th Century text he and his nephew, Axel (who is also the narrator of this) decipher it and find that the author of it claims to have journeyed to the centre of the Earth. Of course Otto wants to try the journey himself. With his nephew in tow they travel to Iceland and with the help of a guide, Hans they try the journey. Hans is only supposed to originally take them to where the supposed entrance to the inside of the Earth is, but eventually travels with them all the way.

By using Axel as the narrator we have someone who is slightly timid and thus not the kind of person you would expect to see on such a trip, thus this adds a bit more interest to the tale, and it is down to Verne’s writing skills that such a plot as this tale has doesn’t make us shut the book in disgust at such a ludicrous idea. Instead we find ourselves being drawn in with this as we read of the inside of the Earth, what it looks like and what the three men experience.

As a piece of escapism this is fun to read with adventure and descriptive details, and also this is rather a quick read meaning that you can sit back and relax with this. In all this is still as good a read as when you probably read it as a child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By Andy (aaamack@omantel.net.om) on 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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