Top books by Jules Verne

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Jules Verne was a 19th century French author whose revolutionary science-fiction novels. His works of imagination, and the innovations and inventions contained within, have appeared in countless forms, from motion pictures to the stage, to television. His writings on scientific have sparked the imaginations of writers, scientists and inventors for over a century. Here’s a list of top books by Jules Verne including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days which have entranced readers for more than a century.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

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In the novel, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Verne tells the fictitious story of three men and their adventures into the depths of the earth. Professor Otto Lidenbrock discovers a note in an old journal that show a path that lead to the center of the Earth. He drags his nephew (the narration of the story) Axel Lidenbrock, and a guider, Hans Bjelke, descend the chimney of an extinct volcano near Reykjavik, Iceland. Together, they face great adventure and peril as they journey to the center of the Earth. Professor Lidenbrock taking scientific notes, Hans keeping the team out of harm, and Axel wondering all the while if they will ever return to their home.

The mutual contrast between the three characters keeps the reader engaged. Although there are no lead female characters, the old-fashioned romance is kept alive through Axel’s thought for his lover.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea begins with a mystery. For over a year, vessels have reported running into a floating island, or being rammed by a giant whale. Pierre Aronnax, assistant professor at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, he believes that a huge narwhal is the cause of the mystery. The Abraham Lincoln, a speedy frigate of United State, is assigned to hunt and kill the dangerous beast. Because of his theory, Aronnax is invited to join the expedition along with his servant, Conseil, and a famous Canadian harpooner, Ned Land. They finds out that the monster is actually the Nautilus, a submarine lead by Captain Nemo and his crew. Aronnax and his friends is brought into the mystery ship. Captain Nemo introduces them to the wonders of the underwater world. He shows them the lost continent of Atlantis and the wrecks he has plundered of gold. Aronnax is fascinated by these underwater discoveries, but Ned Land becomes more impatient for his freedom.

The book was highly acclaimed when released and still is now. The description of Nemo’s ship, the Nautilus, was considered ahead of its time, as it accurately describes features on submarines, which at the time were very primitive vessels. Thus, the book has been able to age well because of its scientific theories.

Around the World in Eighty Days

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Around the World in Eighty Days is a fantastic journey by Phileas Fogg, an Englishman and his French manservant, Passepartout, in 1873. At one such visit to the club to play cards, Fogg gets into a conversation with his fellow card players as to whether it is possible to go around the world in eighty days. He believes this is a challenge to complete the adventure. However, detective Fix follows Fogg all over. He believes that Fogg is the bank robber who has robbed a great sum from the bank of England. He puts obstacles in Fogg’s path just so that he can arrest him. The plot goes through Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York and finally Liverpool. The journey challenges both Phileas Fogg and Passepartout in many ways, but both men come out as winners in the end. Fogg and Passepartout journey around the world to win a simple wager, but they leave an incredible story about loyalty and friendship in their wake.

 

Jules Verne – Father of Science Fiction

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Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) is one of favorite authors of all time. He was born in Nantes, France.

In early life, Verne’s father, intending that Jules follow in his footsteps as a lawyer, sent him to Paris to study law. But the young Verne fell in love with literature, especially theatre. For supporting his life, he worked as a broker at the Paris Stock Market.

He made friend with  French authors Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo, who offered him writing advices. His first book, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was published in 1863. After this, he retired from stockbroking and became a full-time author. Verne went on to write science-fiction and adventure classics Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and Around The World In 80 Days among the more than 80 books, short stories, essays, poems and plays he wrote in his lifetime.

In 1886 Verne was shoot by accident, which left him disabled. The man that shot him proved to be a nephew who was suffering from mental instability. In 1902 he became partially blind and he died on March 24, 1905 in Amiens.

Jules Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary. Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between the English-language writers Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare. He has sometimes been called “The Father of Science Fiction”. A record 300 movies, TV shows and plays have been based on his work and more are on their way.