Book : Journey To The Center Of The Earth by Jules Verne
Category : Classic , Science Fiction
Protagonist : Otto Lidenbrock
Summary of the book from Good Reads
As irascible scholar Professor Lidenbrock pores over a rare Icelandic tome, he discovers a scrap of parchment with cryptic writing tucked away between the ancient pages. And when his nephew, Axel, finally breaks the writing’s secret code, he learns of a hidden underground passageway that may lead deep into the center of the earth.
Despite Axel’s misgivings, he and the obsessed Lidenbrock travel to Iceland and, with a guide named Hans, set out on a perilous expedition in the course of which the trio will encounter an extraordinary new world of extinct yet living species, an underground sea, and gigantic, battling monsters.
Things I liked about this book:
This book was published in 1864 and the forward thinking Jules Verne conceptualised a plot that continues to enthrall readers of all age even to this day. It is a perfect balance of science and fiction . The fictionalization has been in everyplace accounted with facts that can at least partly explain the occurence. Writing this stuff in 1800 itself makes me wonder what kind of imagination Verne must have had.
The excitement is never-ending in this book. The well placed obstacles make it a fun reading as well as keep the story moving.
Most importantly, it was the book I read as a kid in form of Illustrated Classic. It was my first book in that series and has always remained a favourite. I really wanted to read the unabridged form but never got a chance until I landed up participating in the Classics Challenge :)
This is the cover of my Illustrated Classic version of the book [Googled for the image :) ]
Things I disliked about the book : None
On my rating scale :4 out of 5
Challenges for which the book is listed : Classics Challenge 2009
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