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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I would have liked it more if the cover hadn't been so deceiving. Probably not., 2 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
The cover of the version of The Journey to the Centre of the Earth that I read poses a thin river flowing down the side of a bushy volcano carrying a raft of three passengers. The horrified looks painted of their faces are a reasonable reaction to the monster of a T-Rex chasing them. While the characters have indeed sailed on a raft, they did not encounter a river, T-Rex nor any other vicious dinosaurs. Possibly one of the moments with the most potential was fleeting and the characters fled so quickly that they were not even definite that they had seen something so extraordinary. The cover had me believing that our protagonists would indeed fulfil their goal and in some fantastical and equally improbable scheme bring an assortment of artefacts back to the surface. Nor did this happen (although the professor does seem to have convinced the majority of intellectuals). They in fact performed an almightily fail and destroyed the environment of what land they had found. This part I actually found to be of huge benefit to the book, pointing out that we so often in our fulfilment of our own desires destroy all natural harmony despite the providence (if you believe in it but is present in the book) we are blessed with. Still I was unsatisfied with the quantity of scientific term mumbo jumbo present in places in the book. Some, especially in dating their present area is necessary but a lot of it was excessive. I do wish I had been warned beforehand that the book is indeed about the journey and not the destination as I spent a lot of time frustrated glancing at the ever reducing number of pages until the end. Otherwise it was a well written, hugely imaginative book although sometimes unimaginable which is obviously a problem.
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