From the grandpère of science fiction- a perilous and astonishing adventure into the earth’s core that details encounters with natural hazards, forty foot mushrooms and prehistoric beasts.
After decoding a scrap of paper in runic script, the intrepid Professor Lidenbrock and his nervous nephew Axel travel across Iceland to find the secret passage to the centre of the earth. Enlisting the silent Hans as a guide, the trio encounter a perilous and astonishing subterranean world of natural hazards, curious sights, prehistoric beasts and sea monsters.
About the Author
JULES VERNE was born on February 8, 1828, in Nantes, the port city near the mouth of the Loire. He was the eldest son of a prosperous lawyer, and when he grew up his father sent him to Paris to study law, although he put most of his energy into writing plays. Everything changed for him in 1863, when his novel Five Weeks in a Balloon was published by Jules Hetzel, and became a big bestseller. Verne and his publisher called his science fiction "extraordinary voyages" -a great name, invoking as it does the ancient strength of this particular story type. A plethora of didactic tales followed, and Verne was hailed for his ability to weave narrative and mechanical detail. The subterranean world revealed in Journey to the Center of the Earth both entertained readers and served as a geology lesson. From Earth to the Moon: Passage Direct in 97 Hours and 20 Minutes , set in post-bellum America, centered on space exploration. Around the World in Eighty Days appeared in 1873, garnering worldwide publicity for Verne.
"Verne's imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time" * Daily Mail * "Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one of the most famous novels ever written. Verne has left us an extraordinary book, which has withstood the test of time better than some of the science described within it. It has brought delight to generations of readers, and will for many more. There is nothing so rare as the chance to take an impossible journey, and to believe it so powerfully that we wonder if we will make it out alive. That's magic. And that's Verne's gift." -- Michael Crichton * Daily Telegraph * "The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived" -- Arthur C. Clarke "Fantasised a parallel world to ours under the earth's crust. This hypothesis was both popular and subscribed to, even by reputable scientists, in the 19th century. Verne's tale was flagrantly ripped off; (by Edgar Rice Burroughs, among others, with his "Pellucidar" series) but remains the best of its (scientifically) preposterous kind." -- John Sutherland * Guardian * "Jules Vernes most spectacular visions of the future have remained classic science fantasies" * Daily Mail *
Series: Vintage Classics
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 5th May 2011
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1