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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Book Review: Journey to the Centre of the Earth | by Jules Verne

A Great Adventure (Beware of Spoilers)

This tale of Axel, his uncle Lidenbrock, and the formidable rad Icelander and guide Hans, was quite entertaining. Their journey to retrace the trail of Arne Saknussemm to the depths of the earth was much fun. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of Axel's more regular behavior and reasoning to that of his uncle's extreme feverish moods and utter determination to go on no matter what the circumstances. Hans, my favorite character, was a solid rock free of all emotion, silently saving the other's from certain death on multiple occasions. There were some great moments where I feared for the lives of the travelers, and others where I in no way grew jealous of the travels they endured. I really liked the part where they came to the sea, discovered the forest of overgrown mushrooms, and sailed on their raft. A good read, and easier than Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the sea. I found the plot clever, when coming up with what to do while traveling underground through a tunnel, Jules Verne is proved is this volume to have a bright imagination.

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