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Puffin Classics Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

by Jules Verne

Penguin UK Juvenile | August 27, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Puffin Classics Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
It was a secret message by an ancient alchemist, found on a crumbling scrap of parchment. And if Saknussemm was right, then every theory about the molten core of the earth is wrong. Prof. Otto Lidenbrock has to learn the truth. So Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel, and the Icelandic hunter Hans climb down the cone of an arctic volcano and into...

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.73 in

Published: August 27, 2002

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140367152

ISBN - 13: 9780140367157

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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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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Puffin Classics Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

by Jules Verne

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.73 in

Published: August 27, 2002

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140367152

ISBN - 13: 9780140367157

From the Publisher

It was a secret message by an ancient alchemist, found on a crumbling scrap of parchment. And if Saknussemm was right, then every theory about the molten core of the earth is wrong. Prof. Otto Lidenbrock has to learn the truth. So Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel, and the Icelandic hunter Hans climb down the cone of an arctic volcano and into...

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This book has been consistently praised for its style and its vision of the world. It explores the prehistory of the globe, but can also be read as a psychological quest, for the journey itself is as important as arrival or discovery. A classic nineteenth-century French literature, the novel''s distinctive combination of realism and Romanticism has marked figure as diverse as Sorter and Turner, Mark Twain and Cowan Doyle.

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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Professor Otto Lidenbrock has a very important scientific theory to prove: that the core of the Earth is not, in fact, molten lava, but a mysterious and magical place! Based on a series of mysterious events, including deciphering a cryptic message written on a scarp of parchment by an ancient alchemist, the Professor, his nephew Axel, his pretty young ward and the mountain guide Hans begin the quest of a lifetime. A classic adventure novel that both children and adults enjoy for its sheer inventiveness and yet moments of intense realism, Journey to the Centre of the Earth makes a wonderfully fitting accompaniment to Jules Verne’s other epic, Around the World in Eighty Days.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12