First published in England by Griffith and Farran in 1871, this edition is not a translation at all but a complete re-write of the novel, with portions added and omitted, and names changed. A better translation is A Journey into the Interior of the Earth translated by Rev. F. A. Malleson.
ore to share our meal. To satisfy my conscience, I ate for both.
The old cook and housekeeper was nearly out of her mind. After taking so much trouble, to find her master not appear at dinner was to her a sad disappointment--which, as she occasionally watched the havoc I was making on the viands, became also alarm. If my uncle were to come to table after all?
Suddenly, just as I had consumed the last apple and drunk the last glass of wine, a terrible voice was heard at no great distance. It was my uncle roaring for me to come to him. I made very nearly one leap of it--so loud, so fierce was his tone.
THE MYSTERIOUS PARCHMENT
[Illustration: Runic Glyphs]
"I Declare," cried my uncle, striking the table fiercely with his fist, "I declare to you it is Runic--and contains some wonderful secret, which I must get at, at any price."
I was about to reply when he stopped me.
"Sit down," he said,
Apparently being one of the very few with literacy on this site (how ironic), I'd like to type my response in basic English, sparing any readers the issue of decoding abbreviations and other abuses of the language.
While I never did get the chance to read the book for leisure, I did find myself in the unique situation of reading it for a school project (an Advanced Placement World Literature Class), and found myself positively devouring its text.
Along with that, however, it was to my horror that I noticed I was unable to find the book again. Luckily, through this site, I was able to find not only a digital edition of the book, but one of the exact same translation.
In short, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth is pure, first-rate science fiction, and for any Verne fans out there a positive must-read. Top notch from perhaps the best author of his time.
wonderful science fiction. i gv it 5/5. should get a bonus mark also.
IT'S A FABULUS SCIENCE FICTION.
YOU SHOULD READIT.ITS EXCELLENT NOVEL.
gud read........and a page turner.....end is not as good as expexted.....i give it 4
This book is fabulous. I never read it when I was younger, but am so glad I got the chance now. Jules Verne is a terrific writer - I can't wait to read a few more of his books.