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
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
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
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.