Journey to the Center of the Earth

I haven’t read Jules Verne since high school, so I was interested in giving him another try. I remember 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea being tough to read, but, the older I get, the more I realize age plays an important role for me. I’m enjoying certain classics more now that I’m older. Plus, I think I’m slowing down more in reading, which makes a difference too.

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a short book that kicks off quickly with Axel and his uncle Otto Lidenbrock discovering an ancient document claiming to show the way to the center of the Earth. Lidenbrock is obsessed with making the journey, while Axel is more reserved. But off they set, to Iceland and below. With just a few clues, they must make a journey only one person has made before, and one that no one is even dreaming about. And among the dangers, they’ll also see things no one’s ever seen before.

I will say, the book wasn’t quite what I expected. I’ve never seen any of the movies, but, I expected a little more conclusive journey, although I will say that it’s likely I didn’t completely understand the significance of the ending.

But this book was easier to read than I remember 20,000 Leagues being. It was a quick read with short chapters. Occasionally Verne gets a little bogged down in science, but it is at least in keeping with the characters.

All in all, it’s a fun read that paints elaborate pictures for an active imagination. Definitely worth the read for anyone who’s interested in the classics.

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