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Too much techincal detail, not enough story - typical Verne!,
This review is from: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
This is the second Jules Verne book that I have read, and it follows much in the same vein as 20,000 leagues under the sea. Once again, what should have been an interesting adventure story is turned into a slow moving, overly technical durge with the storyline taking second place to Verne's attempt to prove himself "intellectual".
To show what I mean, here is an extract from the book:
"By midday there was a change in the appearance of this wall of the gallery. I noticed by a diminution of the amount of light reflected from the sides; solid rock was appearing in the place of the lava coating. The mass was composed of inclined and sometimes vertical strata. We were passing through rocks of the transitional or silvurian system."
Worst of all, many of Verne's "facts" are wrong, as the multiple footnotes throughout the book point out, e.g. "The immense mammoth cave in Kentucky is of gigantic proportions, since its vaulted roof rises five hundred feet..."; footnote: "one hundred and twenty".
You can't connect with the characters in the story; there's the moody crackpot uncle, the weakly whinging nephew, and an Icelander who isn't really into rocks so has little to say throughout the story.
This book fails on all levels, as it's neither educational nor entertaining. It might look good on a bookshelf, but that's about it. My recommendation is to go for something by H.G. Wells instead - I have enjoyed many of his stories already.