A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
Author: Jules Verne | Published: 1864
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth Synopsis
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a science fiction novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1864. It tells the story of a professor, his nephew, and their guide who travel into the Earth's interior via a volcano in Iceland. The novel begins with Professor Otto Lidenbrock, a German mineralogist, finding a runic manuscript in the library of his home in Hamburg. The manuscript contains a message written in code, which Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel decipher. The message is from an Icelandic alchemist named Arne Saknussemm, who claims to have found a way to travel to the center of the Earth.
Lidenbrock and Axel decide to follow Saknussemm's instructions. They travel to Iceland and climb down into the crater of the volcano Snæfellsjökull. They find a tunnel that leads them into the Earth's interior. The travelers journey through a series of underground chambers and tunnels. Along the way, they encounter various strange and dangerous creatures, including prehistoric animals, lava flows, and underground rivers.
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Looking back to all that has occurred to me since that eventful day, I am scarcely able to believe in the reality of my adventures. They were truly so wonderful that even now I am bewildered when I think of them.
My uncle was a German, having married my mother's sister, an Englishwoman. Being very much attached to his fatherless nephew, he invited me to study under him in his home in the fatherland.
About Jules Verne
Jules Verne, born in 1828 in France, is considered one of the founding fathers of science fiction literature. He wrote over 40 works during his lifetime and gained immense popularity for his visionary adventure stories that captivated adults and children alike. His works explored a wide range of topics, from underwater adventures to space travel and are revered as some of the earliest examples of science-fiction literature.
Verne is widely known for such iconic works as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Floating City, Around the World in Eighty Days, and The Mysterious Island. These titles have continued to capture imaginations throughout history and continue to be adapted into film productions today. Find out more about Jules Verne at sevenov.com.