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3.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read, 17 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Collected Works of Jules Verne: 36 Novels and Short Stories (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) (Kindle Edition)
These books were translated a century or more ago and the language is, in many cases, archaic. The books could also do with an edit to remove the racial stereotyping and, in one case at least, some nasty anti-semitic sentiments. Some of the translation of scientific terms and of metric units to Imperial units is misleading - Verne was much more accurate, scientifically speaking, than these translations suggest.

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Initial post: 27 Jun 2013 08:59:42 BDT
coolhand says:
Regarding the racial stereotyping and anti-semitic sentiments, I don't believe these should be removed.

Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.
- George santayana

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 09:13:20 BDT
Yes, it is a difficult situation. The Merchant of Venice has an exaggerated portrait of the greed of a Jewish moneylender, that play is not usually edited for modern ideas, so perhaps I am being inconsistent suggesting that the Comet novel should be edited.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 10:19:51 BDT
coolhand says:
Often the past is offensive, as I'm sure our present will be in 100 yrs time :)
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