Friday, 23 March 2012
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
Title: Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne
Release Date: April 1, 2008 (this version) - originally published in 1864
Publisher: Puffin (Scholastic Kids)
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Classic Science Fiction
"An ancient book is opened by the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock and his life - and the life of his nephew Axel - is changed for ever. An old piece of paper has tumbled from the book, a priceless parchment that will lead them on a terrifying journey to find what lies at the centre of the Earth.
A timeless adventure, brilliantly introduced by Diana Wynne Jones, one of Britain's top fantasy and sci-fi writers for children" (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Puffin-Classics-Journey-Centre-Earth-Jules-Verne/9780141321042-item.html?ikwid=journey+to+the+centre+of+the+earth&ikwsec=Home)
About the Author:
I was in the mood to read another classic, and this one had been on my list for a while. I love adventure books and I always had this image and idea in my head of what this book would be like and what the centre of the earth would look like in this book (to Verne.) Well, what I had in my head was NOTHING like what Vernes imagined up lol. I liked that there was a few chapters about why they traveled down to the centre of the earth, but I got to the point where I thought it was getting a bit drawn out. The journey down into the earth was really really interesting and I felt smart because I actually knew some of the stuff Verne was talking about! Glad to see my university degree did something for me...haha. Overall, it was a really fun book and I enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed because I had sensationalized the story in my head, but that was my own fault and my disappointment had nothing to do with the author and his creation. I firmly believe that classics should be read and that kids and adults alike should be exposed to them (The Lost World? The Secret Garden? The Time Machine?) I hope you will try this classic and many many others! Happy Reading! And if you have read this book, please let me know what you thought of it!
I thought it would be fun to include some of the different titles that have come out over the years of this book. Hope you like them!!!