- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 788 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (22 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J26YUWW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Kindle Edition
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Since Verne wrote in French, his books need to be translated into other languages. Sometimes early British translators cut some some remarks politically unfavorable to Brits, and sometimes early American translators removed some remarks critical of the U.S. -- and occasionally they both removed a few details they regarded as unnecessary and felt impeded the story. But otherwise their translations of his works attempted to fairly and accurately tell each story in English as Verne meant to tell it in French without adding to it or modifying the plot.
But one anonymous "translator" decided he could tell this particular story BETTER than Verne by revising dialogue and making up some of his own, altering and adding plot elements, modifying descriptions, and even changing the characters' names from Liedenbrock & Axel to Hardwigg & Harry. The result was more adaptation than translation. Sadly, THAT bogus version was often the one most widely available, and THAT is the one many people (like the admiring reviewer) read, enjoyed, and praised. But it wasn't the story as Verne intended to tell it.
Sadly, this HarperCollins edition does not identify its translator, an omission I find surprising for a major publisher to make. Happily, however, the correct characters' names appear, so we know the translation used here is NOT the bogus one; IT'S THE REAL THING. This IS Verne's version.
A sound, old translation by Frederick Amadeus Malleson (which this one possibly is or, at least, is a variant of) will be found as a public domain freebie in the Kindle Store under: "Free books verne voyage au centre de la terre. English." (Looking under "Free books verne journey to the center of the earth" will result in the bogus version in case you want both to compare; otherwise skip it.)
The title Malleson preferred was "A Journey Into the Interior of the Earth," and this appears as the title for some editions in the Kindle Store. Three newer, modern translations are also available there by Robert Baldick, William Butcher, and by Ron Miller.
The story is very descriptive and detailed in places, and it may be slow-going for some modern readers used to less verbiage and more action. In many ways it is both a fanciful, inner-world travelogue and an adventure story. But readers who can attune themselves to Verne's style (as rendered in a sound translation such as this) will find this lengthy novel to be highly entertaining and enjoyable.
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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