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Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Jules Verne

Simon & Schuster | May 6, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

Journey to the Center of the Earth is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work.

Originally published in French in 1864, Journey to the Center of the Earth tells the story of Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew, and a hired guide who, following the instructions of a medieval alchemist claiming to have found a passage to the center of the earth, travel deep into an Icelandic volcano. Deep in the earth, the dangers are beyond imaginable. They traverse subterranean oceans, have encounters with dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, and do so all in the spirit of adventure and discovery. Considered a classic in the science-fiction and fantasy genre, Jules Verne’s epic novel is an enduring tale of man’s desire to uncover the great unknowns of life and nature.

Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research.

Read with confidence.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.9 in

Published: May 6, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416561463

ISBN - 13: 9781416561460

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Journey To The Center of The Earth Book "Jules Verne" Vs Movie Critique Journey To The Center of The Earth Book Vs Movie Critique In my opinion the film-maker's vision/interpretation of the novel is flawed. Jules Verne's book "Journey to the center of the earth" was written spectacularly with descriptions that draw images in your mind clearly and vibrantly. It was a well accomplished classic that should be read and shared with others over and over. Unlike the movie, the book is detailed and goes through parts of the story step-by-step similar to a procedure to the point where it feels like you're actually experiencing the adventure. It allows your imagination to wander freely, builds suspense and makes you wonder what events will occur next. Although some parts of the book are predictable, it still hooks you back in and holds your attention as the story progresses. As for the movie, it ignored about 50 percent of Verne's original text to create a dazzling, well lit path to the Earth's core and they populated the destination with dinosaurs which seemed unreasonable and unfortunate. The book was more complex and difficult but returns scientific knowledge in it's place, however the movie was more simple and illogical and altered the plot significantly. What disappointed me was that the movie made it seem like it took about a week to reach the bottom but in the book it seemed more like a year. In my opinion, I thought that the movie was entertaining but mainly captures the interest of younger viewers with all the prehistoric creatures, adventure and special effects. The director of the movie replaced the imagery in your mind to something different that he/she thinks fits the role. This ruins the purpose of using your mind to create your own adventure in your mind. You are basically watching someone else's creation and not what you wanted. All the characters did not appear or sound like how I thought they would, such as Hans, he did not have long blonde hair, deep blue eyes and wasn't as enormous as mentioned in the book but his characteristics were indeed the same. The plot was also changed which made Grauben a member of the journey and along with a few new characters. They were constantly chatting about things unnecessary and did not seem to have struggled or suffered to reach the center of the earth. In addition, the story Jules Verne wrote was more emotional and had many twist-and-turns. Some examples of this was when the diligent explorers suffered immensely and severely. There were several times when Axel tried requesting to return home and he even seemed worried as I had imagined. He was even near death from dehydration and what I thought would be his last words was "Come to me, I'm dying." It seemed really depressing since the poor boy was giving his life for his uncle's journey and it persuaded me to think that he would actually be removed from existence and that his end was near. But, hope had saved Axel's precious life which cheered me up. Additionally, in the book, Axel was near death several times but in the movie, the explorers did not deny this dangerous journey and continued on happily and carelessly even after losing all their water without any side effects or interactions with difficult obstacles that would come in their way. However, some of the visions the director chose reflected upon mine as they were quite similar. I enjoyed the scenes of the primitive age where lots of beasts and new species were shown as they were fascinating, vivid and similar to what I had imagined. Another part that was similar to mine was how the movie ended, it matched what I thought almost completely. How they returned home with their discovery, received honour and an abundant amount of joy. Overall, I would say that the movie was worth-while and entertaining, but don't expect too much from it. I enjoyed the book more than the movie and would recommend reading the book instead as it had much more suspense, adventure, details and it is created by your heart's content and not from someone else's perspective. But, they were both well made.
Date published: 2011-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Classic! After 146 years in existence, Monsieur Verne's novel still amazes us to this day. The fantastic journey into the center of the earth is full of vivid imagery based on the science of the day. The book is a quick great read and never dull. Fun all around.
Date published: 2010-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Journey to the Center of the Earth This was the best book i ever read! If i could, I would give it a 100 out of 5! It was a really good book! i loved it! it was facinating! so fun to read! every one on Earth should read this book!
Date published: 2001-10-30

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Jules Verne

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.9 in

Published: May 6, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416561463

ISBN - 13: 9781416561460

About the Book

Verne takes young readers on one of the most incredible journeys ever imagined--from Icelands frozen tundra far down into fantastic underground prehistoric worlds and back up again through the fires of an erupting volcano--in this unabridged edition of his classic novel. Illustrations.

From the Publisher

Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work.

Originally published in French in 1864, Journey to the Center of the Earth tells the story of Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew, and a hired guide who, following the instructions of a medieval alchemist claiming to have found a passage to the center of the earth, travel deep into an Icelandic volcano. Deep in the earth, the dangers are beyond imaginable. They traverse subterranean oceans, have encounters with dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, and do so all in the spirit of adventure and discovery. Considered a classic in the science-fiction and fantasy genre, Jules Verne’s epic novel is an enduring tale of man’s desire to uncover the great unknowns of life and nature.

Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research.

Read with confidence.

About the Author

Jules Verne, one of the most influential writers of modern times, was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. He wrote for the theater and worked briefly as a stockbroker. Verne is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. His most popular novels include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. These and others have been made into movies and TV mini-series. Twenty Thousand Leagues is even the basis of a popular ride at the Disney theme parks. In 1892, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in France. He died on March 24, 1905 in Amiens, France.
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