Journey to the Centre of the Earth: A Review
This is another one of those books that I thought I had read, but never got around to it. Â Finally, after my older brother gave me a copy for Christmas, I sat down to read "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". Â Jules Verne has a very unique style. Â He's not fettered down by absolute facts, and loves to sport myriad theories of his time. Â But first and foremost his books are travel logs. Â While fantastic voyages, travels, and even technologies are introduced, the basic premise is the journey itself. Â You are transported to other countries, cultures, and places so easily with his books. Â Another enduring and fascinating piece of his writing is his hero, the narrator, who is fundamentally flawed. Â He either lacks fortitude, courage, resilience, or some other ideal that is instead reflected in another character. Â I love it, because he can then explore the faults in humans in a way that brings sympathy instead of condemnation. Â Finally, there is the science! Â Much of the "facts" he presents in his books are theories of the time, many of which have either been proved right or wrong. Â Also, there is the way problems are surmounted, usually by the application of some technology that is either real, experimental from the time, or completely non-existent. Â At any rate, it gets the juices flowing in the mind, if only to puzzle a way to make it work. Â The Journey was fabulous, as I have seen just about every version made for film, whether big or small screen. Â The book, as always, outshines each presentation, and makes for interesting comparisons. Â I just can't help comparing versions with the original story, trying to find reason in their changes.Â If you have never read Journey to the Centre of the Earth, I would highly recommend it. Â The story is fascinating, making for a great story even before they enter the cave marked by Sarcaris. Â The prose is reasonable for a translation, though it does make me wish I had a better grasp of the French language, so I could read the original.