Journey to the Center of the Earth (Classic Starts Series)

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“Go down the crater of the volcano Snaefells. Follow the shadow just before the month of July. You will find your way to the center of the Earth. I did it.” That mysterious message, found in a long-lost letter, propels a young man and his uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: to a prehistoric world below the earth where dinosaurs and other strange creatures still roam. Jules Verne's classic fantasy will enchant a new generation of readers.
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“Go down the crater of the volcano Snaefells. Follow the shadow just before the month of July. You will find your way to the center of the Earth. I did it.” That mysterious message, found in a long-lost letter, propels a young man and his uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: to a prehistoric world below the earth where dinosaurs and other strange creatures still roam. Jules Verne's classic fantasy will enchant a new generation of readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402773136
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Classic Starts Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 155,409
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jules Verne
Jules Verne
A legendary French author and pioneer of the science fiction genre, Jules Verne wrote visionary tales of space, air, and underwater adventure in classics like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Biography

The creator of the roman scientifique, the popular literary genre known today as science fiction, Jules Gabriel Verne was born in the port town of Nantes, France, in 1828. His father, Pierre, was a prominent lawyer, and his mother, Sophie, was from a successful ship-building family. Despite his father's wish that he pursue law, young Jules was fascinated by the sea and all things foreign and adventurous. Legend holds that at age eleven he ran away from school to work aboard a ship bound for the West Indies but was caught by his father shortly after leaving port. Jules developed an abiding love of science and language from a young age. He studied geology, Latin, and Greek in secondary school, and frequently visited factories, where he observed the workings of industrial machines. These visits likely inspired his desire for scientific plausibility in his writing and perhaps informed his depictions of the submarine Nautilus and the other seemingly fantastical inventions he described.

After completing secondary school, Jules studied law in Paris, as his father had before him. However, during the two years he spent earning his degree, he developed more consuming interests. Through family connections, he entered Parisian literary circles and met many of the distinguished writers of the day. Inspired in particular by novelists Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas (father and son), Verne began writing his own works. His poetry, plays, and short fiction achieved moderate success, and in 1852 he became secretary of the Théâtre lyrique. In 1857 he married Honorine Morel, a young widow with two children. Seeking greater financial security, he took a position as a stockbroker with the Paris firm Eggly and Company. However, he reserved his mornings for writing. Baudelaire's recently published French translation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the days Verne spent researching points of science in the library, inspired him to write a new sort of novel: the roman scientifique. His first such novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was an immediate success and earned him a publishing contract with the important editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel.

For the rest of his life, Verne published an average of two novels a year; the fifty-four volumes published during his lifetime, collectively known as Voyages Extraordinaires, include his best-known works, Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Begun in 1865 and published to huge success in 1869, Twenty Thousand Leagues has been translated into 147 languages and adapted into dozens of films. The novel also holds the distinction of describing a submarine twenty-five years before one was actually constructed. As a tribute to Verne, the first electric and nuclear submarines were named Nautilus. In 1872 Verne settled in Amiens with his family. During the next several years he traveled extensively on his yachts, visiting such locales as North Africa, Gibraltar, Scotland, and Ireland. In 1886 Verne's mentally ill nephew shot him in the leg, and the author was lame thereafter. This incident, as well as the tumultuous political climate in Europe, marked a change in Verne's perspective on science, exploration, and industry. Although not as popular as his early novels, Verne's later works are in many ways as prescient. Touching on such subjects as the ill effects of the oil industry, the negative influence of missionaries in the South Seas, and the extinction of animal species, they speak to concerns that remain urgent in our own time.

Verne continued writing actively throughout his life, despite failing health, the loss of family members, and financial troubles. At his death in 1905 his desk drawers contained the manuscripts of several new novels. Jules Verne is buried in the Madeleine Cemetery in Amiens.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Good To Know

In 1848, Verne got his start writing librettos for operettas.

When Verne's father found out that his son would rather write than study law, he cut him off financially, and Jules was forced to support himself as a stockbroker -- a job he hated but was fairly good at. During this period, he sought advice and inspiration from authors Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo.

Verne stands as the most translated novelist in the world -- 148 languages, according to UNESCO statistics.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 8, 1828
    2. Place of Birth:
      Nantes, France
    1. Date of Death:
      March 24, 1905
    2. Place of Death:
      Amiens, France
    1. Education:
      Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    A book worthy of its longevity

    In A Journey to the Center of the Earth, the father of science fiction pulls the reader into a world of magnificent wonders through his vivid imagery. Detailing every event to great extent, Verne writes a truly captivating story. The characters are all very intriguing, and Verne's own attention to detail shines through in the professor. Nothing is left unaccounted for in any of his endeavors, and a great deal of thought is poured into every occurrence.
    While reading, one quickly becomes entranced, falling completely unaware of their actual surroundings and instead imagining the wonders to be found underneath the crust of the earth. One can easily feel the fear of being face to face with such beasts as one of the ape gigans, the mastodons, and the great rage of the subterranean ocean. One will not be disappointed with the use of their time spent reading this magnificent text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Jules Vernes book “Journey To The Center Of The Earth&rdqu

    Jules Vernes book “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” was an excellent book in my opinion the only part that bored me was the start of the book, that was only the first 70-80 pages or so but once they started their journey and met Hans in Iceland it got interesting and wasn’t as bland. Some of the descriptive tools used were from Geology so for readers who don’t know those terms could have been lost at times or unsure of the meanings.
    Journey to the center of the earth was about Axel, Professor Lindenbrock, and their Icelandic guide Hans. Axel discovers a piece of paper in a book from a previous adventurer who has a theory that you can Journey to the center of the earth upon this Axel tells Uncle Lindenbrock and he gets excited and insisted that they attempt to make this voyage. They exchange some disbelief on Axel’s part but Lindenbrock being headstrong and persistent convinces him to make the journey. They prepare their things and set off to Iceland to find a guide. They find a guide named Hans who agrees to take them to the entrance and then continue on with them. Along the way they encounter some mishaps and dilemmas and arguments that slow down their journey a couple of which are taking a wrong turn and hitting a dead end, Axel getting lost and then falling down a tunnel and almost dying a thousand times over .At the end of the tunnels they find oceans and forest of giant mushrooms some 40 feet tall. They make a raft and set sail and encounter some sea serpents. After they return to the surface Professor Lindenbrock is a world renowned adventurer and Axle ends up marrying his love Grauben.

    Verne did a good job of using descriptive tools to try and put the reader into the book and give them a first hand view of the events and scenery that took place. He also gave some side winders and turns that one would not have expected for instance when they hit the dead end and had to turn around and you assumed that Axel was going to leave and return to the surface but he didn't. Another account was when Axel got lost and they used the walls to communicate with each other rickashay their words of the walls even though they were miles and miles apart from each other. Many fantasising events took place and kept most of the events believable but at times awe inspiring. Overall I would recommend this to any adventure loving reader that is looking for a fun page turning book.

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