Book Review: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

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Continuing with the 30 books that I want to get to through before I’m struck down by the horrors of old age that await when I turn thirty, I decided to continue with Jules Verne’s Journey To The Centre of The Earth.

I’ve never really experienced writing quite like Jules Verne’s before, what the man does,  which is absolutely fantastic, is marry science fact with prose fiction, to give a fantastical tale which is sounds like it could be plausible. The story follows the adventures of a young man, his uncle, and a monosyllabic Icelander serving as their guide, from the summits of Iceland’s long dormant volcanoes right down through history its self to the very centre of the earth.

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The story is fairly fast paced and keeps the reader intrigued, as Jules Verne displays both scientific and literary aptitude, using a scientific and clinical terminology to serve as a prosaic tool, using science in place of simile to leave the reader right in the middle of this world.

It was a pretty short read, and I’m glad I picked this book to add to my list, as it was a narrow choice between this, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Around The World In 80 Days, and these two works will undoubtedly wend their way on to my book case as some point in the future I’m sure.

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