Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

The novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne had great aspects, but there were also parts of the novel that were challenging. What I liked about this book was the suspense, extensive imagery, and a love story, but the big words and scientific jargon made the book a bit difficult to understand.

In the novel, Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel, and an Icelander named Hans want to prove that traveling to the center of the Earth is possible. Inspired by an ancient parchment paper the professor found, the three men delve into the depths of an inactive volcano to achieve their goal. The three men make sure they have the appropriate scientific instruments to prove they have made it to the center. They encounter many trials which make the journey extremely tough. By the end of this book, they will see if this adventure is one that will make them famous or be the end of them.

One of the first things I loved about this novel was the suspense. Early in the book, Axel and the professor are having a discussion when a parchment paper falls out. “My uncle pounced on this treasure with avidity…”. This sentence shows only one example of the exciting tone Jules Verne has already established by page seven! Verne did a fantastic job of leaving me on the edge of my seat by the end of every chapter.

Another thing that I loved about this book was the amount of imagery Verne incorporated in it. I really enjoyed that during every part of the book, Jules Verne was able to paint a picture in my head of what was being described. “The stormy sea prevented my uncle from coming on deck to admire the broken, jagged shores, constantly beat upon by gales from the south-west”. Can’t you see the bank described with detail? Verne spends time to include the details so the book is much more interesting.

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