Unfortunately, it was still a bit slow and hard to get through. I enjoyed it, but it just didn't keep me enthralled liked I hoped it would. Then, I went back and watched the movie and I did not think it was as great as I remembered. View all 13 comments.
Journey To The Center Of The Earth
Oct 12, Leo. When I was young I read this book and most of his others too. Alice down the rabbit hole. Shamballa and Hades. Like At The Earths Core this book opens the imagination to an inner realm. I have researched this concept and it is very fascinating indeed. The diary of Admiral Byrd is worth looking into. Ancient discoveries have been made illustrating this concept. Were these greats of literature on t When I was young I read this book and most of his others too.
Were these greats of literature on to something? Himmler believed in the concept and it is now proven fact that the Nazi's had interest in Antarctica.
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They even had some sort of infrastructure there. Imagine the possibility of a world within a world. Like an atom is like a universe. Protons and neutrons inside like miniature planets.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Inner space. Like in the film Men In Black. The universe is on Orion's Belt. Inner space and different dimensions? Reading these old books can be hard to digest.
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Sometimes the old way of writing can distract one from the story. However, if the book becomes mundane, irksome or just a chore to read, try to stick with it. Subconsciously the mind is expanding. The vocabulary will broaden. The senses amplify.
A Journey to the Center of the Earth
One individually enters their own world of academia. The more one reads, the more aware one becomes. Food for thought. Well that was fun. I staged an unarmed raid on the library and with some guilt I made off with Journey to the Centre of the Earth , my instinct was that this is a children's book and so taking it was the equivalent of grabbing an ice cream or a lollipop from a wailing child, though on reflection unlike the ice cream the book can be consumed a few times before it's glue binding cracks and the bound pages flutter free.
This edition even comes with 3-D glasses - finally an immersive text, one can sli Well that was fun. This edition even comes with 3-D glasses - finally an immersive text, one can slide down an 's', grab hold of a 'b' and swing underneath, have your fall into the subtext broken by the sharp hook of a 'q', but it turned out that only the front cover is in 3-D which strikes me as a poor tease. In truth, and you may have suspected this if you have seen the film, it is not a very good adventure because the narrator is a participant on the journey, which indicates that his chances of surviving the trip without the loss of his fingers are pretty good.
Verne is a bit scatty on the details - they do run out of water for a while but they seem to have magic food supplies, when desperately the adventurers share a last meal of some meat and a few biscuits each gets a pound of food each - half a kilo, which is a fair quantity, suspiciously as though Jesus was the expedition's quarter-master.
Of interest I think to the popular adventure genre is the now classic odd couple in this case irascible mad Scientist uncle and cowardly by-the-book nephew off set by taciturn and universally capable guide. Well you will say what about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, surely he was a mad scientist, maybe even the first one? Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Frankenstein is down at the tragic end of the familiar mad scientist spectrum while Professor Lidenbrook is way over on the charmingly eccentric end of the spectrum, and this type, I venture to suggest, has come to dominate the field.
He's the kind of geologist who sometimes broke his specimens through testing them too abruptly p. He is indifferent to scientific orthodoxy, everything can be disproved by unverifiable adventure while the by-the-book nephew is comically, yet reasonably, terrified by the likelihood of imminent death whether due to extreme heat, pressure, thirst, starvation, being consumed by prehistoric monsters, getting burnt up in pyroclastic flows and so on. Verne maintains a lively flow despite a lack of plot or adventure or character development through short chapters and near constant incident.
Something is always happening. Something inconsequential, but something none the less, like a Jackie Chan film. At the end there is a terrible drive to rapidly finish what is in any case a pretty short adventure, as though Verne was sitting having his breakfast while his publisher was shouting through the letterbox ' Jules, I know you're in there, you've got to finish that story or we're done' I was pleasantly surprised by the sense that Verne had done some research - his Icelanders sitting down to feast on Skyr for instance, TV adverts tell me that happens all the time in Iceland, although curiously Verne refuses to mention woolly patterned pullovers.
But I was disappointed by the redundancy, the dreamy atmosphere of forests of mushrooms and colourless flowers,with petals like paper, rapidly brought to the page then left behind. I get the impression of a mind over excited with incident and images, amusingly for a book called Journey to the centre of the earth we don't get to the centre of anything, we are firmly anchored to the surface, it is light-hearted and whimsical, entirely populated by comical foreigners ie anybody not French , fun and I think deeply influential - a Don Quixote for an age of mass popular culture maybe.
I'm intrigued to think that he may have had some influence on Haldor Laxness, but then it's easy to imagine Laxness reading Verne as a child, the pastor reminiscent of Pastor Jon in Under the Glacier though the mysterious wife not troll like, just supernatural in another direction, perhaps Under the Glacier is a response to the cultural appropriation of Iceland by Verne, a re-enchantment of the world beneath the lava fields and peat bogs a place not for blase exploration by German science, but of mystery, of Trolls, Elves and the eternal femme or God as she is otherwise known, but I need at least one rereading and some dreaming of colourless flowers with papery petals first before I'm certain of that.
View all 20 comments. Shelves: bookcrossing-books , books , travel-books. I've tried to make The Journey to the Centre of the earth myself people, and let me tell you, it is fraught with danger! It should be a warning to you that I'm writing this from the bed of a Burns unit by typing with two chargrilled finger stumps, because the centre of the earth is not some wonderfully hollow, sparkly geode, oh no!
In reality its a burning hot ball of lava, so hot that it makes the centre of a Pop Tart feel like a skinny dipping spree at the North Pole. You have been warned. Geo I've tried to make The Journey to the Centre of the earth myself people, and let me tell you, it is fraught with danger! Geology may rock but it can also get bloody warm as well! If on the other hand you are still tempted to make a journey to the centre of the earth from the comfort of your own armchair then I'm sure you'll be charmed and thrilled by the subterranean world of wonders which await. Lava tubes like dried out waterflumes provide direct access to the labyrinthine maze of geological fun.
Middle-world primordial seas which would have left modern day scientists to ponder the fact that the earth really resembles a partly filled laundry detergent ball , filled with giant fishes the likes of which would have had Hemingway weeping for mercy. Dinosaurs wander through ancient primeval forests of petrified wood and giant mushrooms and barren shores of bleached bones reveal the true nature of humanities origins.
Essentially Verne has gathered together all the best and most interesting bits of Early World Prehistory the bits that you loved as a kid and created a memorable if scientifically confused master piece. Ok, it's now a bit dated and yes the centre of the earth really is not quite a Verne would have us believe but this is old school story telling at its best.
View all 8 comments. May 24, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in-german , favorites. It was a pure joy to read this wonderful story of adventure, I felt entertained the whole way through. I loved the characters, the writing style and the plot so incredibly much.
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I can't even explain why, I just had a good feeling every time I picked up this book. View 1 comment. I have had a ridiculous amount of fun this year listening to classic novels as audiobooks. Come on. It almost didn't matter what it was; I kind of place Curry in the same class as Tom Baker — love the actor, adore the voice, will listen to literally anything read by him. Though Tom Baker wins by having been The Doctor, of course.