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Old 08-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #16
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It's interesting that today most people probably think of Verne primarily as a SF author, whereas in reality the main theme of his work is travel to exotic locations, and the majority of his books have no SF-element at all, but are straightforward adventure stories.

It's unfortunate that a significant number of his books have no English translation available.
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It's interesting that today most people probably think of Verne primarily as a SF author, whereas in reality the main theme of his work is travel to exotic locations, and the majority of his books have no SF-element at all, but are straightforward adventure stories.

It's unfortunate that a significant number of his books have no English translation available.
With today's relatively easy air travel (planes and helicopters), you can get to most places on the planet in a matter of days. And with satellite coverage, no place is yet unseen. That old adventure of stumbling on an undiscovered region of Earth with bizarre inhabitants just doesn't exist anymore, and has disappeared from our dreams. I wonder if young people today get the same thrill from reading those old novels that we older people did, or if it just falls flat for them?
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I do enjoy his fast pace for a story even though I often wondered how people went to the bathroom at times. Five Weeks in a Balloon over Africa being the first example in the series, but this is common in adventure/action of the time.

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I do enjoy his fast pace for a story even though I often wondered how people went to the bathroom at times. Five Weeks in a Balloon over Africa being the first example in the series, but this is common in adventure/action of the time.
Yep, such things tend to be glossed over. Or maybe with the state of technology being what it was back then author's figured people had an idea how certain things were taken care of. I mean they did have things like chamber pots from way back in antiquity. Not to mention outhouses.
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Well on a balloon where they worried so much about extra weight..I just assumed they had a seat with no bottom where it was all look out below.

I do find interesting how so much of his work does not involve the Europeans. A lot of his heros are English or American. I wonder if at the time if there was a belief this is how it is.
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It's interesting that today most people probably think of Verne primarily as a SF author, whereas in reality the main theme of his work is travel to exotic locations, and the majority of his books have no SF-element at all, but are straightforward adventure stories.

It's unfortunate that a significant number of his books have no English translation available.
Lon Chaney Sr. has a similar problem in film. Since a lot of his work has been lost most people think he was a horror movie actor but in fact he made a lot of non-horror movies. It's just that so few are left that his "Phantom of the Opera" and "Hunchback of Notre Dame" are the best known.
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sadly as this sounds, I never actually read Verne. sure, we all know it from movies, comic books and so on.

so I tried to read a book by him, and went for the unorthodox, away from the spotlights. I reached about chapter 3 or 4 of An Antarctic Mistery and find out I absolutely need to go through Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym before properly reading this book. go figure...

at least I'm almost done with Poe's only published romance. which BTW, is well worth a read...
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sadly as this sounds, I never actually read Verne. sure, we all know it from movies, comic books and so on.

so I tried to read a book by him, and went for the unorthodox, away from the spotlights. I reached about chapter 3 or 4 of An Antarctic Mistery and find out I absolutely need to go through Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym before properly reading this book. go figure...

at least I'm almost done with Poe's only published romance. which BTW, is well worth a read...

I loved Poe's novel. It was amazing. I then went and read Verne's sequel and was disappointed in it simply because Poe's novel was so good.
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Yes. It contains equations, which have to be represented as graphics (you can't sensibly do equations in ASCII ). Just try it and see. It's not as if it's going to cost you anything. As the description says, the equations are in Ch. 4 of "Around the Moon".
I just finished the first half of the pair. Verne is a quick enjoyable read for me. I love how he can transport me to the place and time. I am so glad I have many more to read still.

I do wish I could go back just to be able to know how common some of these things are. He is writing about 1865 and he talks about electric lamps as if there are just available.

Next will be the second half Around the Moon.
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Electric lighting would be revolutionary indeed in 1865, given that the lightbulb wasn't invented until 1879, and the first commercial use of electric lighting took place in 1880.
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Electric lighting would be revolutionary indeed in 1865, given that the lightbulb wasn't invented until 1879, and the first commercial use of electric lighting took place in 1880.
Ah, but others before Edison had tried to create one. His was just the first practical one that could be mass produced. And even before then Humphrey Davy had demonstrated an electric arc light sometime betwen 1802 and 1809 so the concept of an electric light wasn't unknown when Edison took up the challenge.
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I started reading Journey to the Interior of the Earth last night. It's much funnier than I thought it would be, and I'm finding it pretty entertaining so far.
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What I find amazing is the sheer amount of factual information (for its time) that is included within the narratives. After reading this thread, I began reading 'The Voyages of Captain Hatteras' - which describes a journey to the North Pole - in which characters recount the history of polar exploration.
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With today's relatively easy air travel (planes and helicopters), you can get to most places on the planet in a matter of days. And with satellite coverage, no place is yet unseen. That old adventure of stumbling on an undiscovered region of Earth with bizarre inhabitants just doesn't exist anymore, and has disappeared from our dreams. I wonder if young people today get the same thrill from reading those old novels that we older people did, or if it just falls flat for them?
I'm 35 so I don't know if that qualifies me as younger anymore but I always have, and still, get a kick out of reading about undiscovered locations/animals/etc. Science still discovers boatloads of new species and fossils every year so the thought that there's something out there that humans haven't laid eyes on yet isn't so alien to me.
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