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#1 · Posted: 26 Jul 2004 12:02
How many of you have heard of Jules Verne (1828-1905)? He wrote "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" "Around the World in Eighty Days" "The Survivors of the Chancellor" "Facing the Flag" etc. etc. etc. He wrote over a hundred books. I'm currently reading "Invasion of the Sea" the last book he ever wrote.
#2 · Posted: 26 Jul 2004 13:39 · Edited by: GurraJG
Yes, I've heard of him. I've read two books, Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I found both to be quite good, but I liked Journey better.

#3 · Posted: 26 Jul 2004 14:07
I love Jules Verne, particularly Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The last one I read was Survivors (or Wreck) of the Chancellor. I think his tales stand up particularly well in modern times. Anyone see the new Jackie Chan/Alan Partridge (I mean, Steve Coogan) '..80 Days' yet?

Didn't (doesn't) our right honourable friend Mr Paul Durdin have a web page about him somewhere?

Best -
#4 · Posted: 26 Jul 2004 14:15
Here's a list of most of his books, if anyones interested:

Backwards to Britain (1859)
Inn of the Ardennes (1860)
Merry Miseries of Three Travellers in Scandinavia (1861)
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863)
Paris in the 20th Century (1863)
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864)
From the Earth to the Moon (1865)
The Blockade Runners (1865)
The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1866)
In Search of the Castaways (1868)
Around the Moon (1870)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
A Floating Village (1871)
Uncle Robinson (1871)
Adventures in the Land of the Behemoth (1872)
Around the World in 80 Days (1873)
The Fur Country (1873)
Dr. Ox’s Experiment (1874)
Baloon Journey (1874)
The Mysterious Island (1874)
The Survivors of the Chancellor (1875)
Michael Strogoff (1876)
The Underground City (1877)
Off on a Comet (1877)
The Boy Captain (1878)
Tribulations of a Chinaman in China (1879)
The Begum’s Fortune (1879)
The Mutineers of the Bounty (1879)
The Steam House (1880)
800 Leagues on the Amazon (1881)
The School of Robinsons (1881)
The Green Ray (1882)
Ten Hours Hunting (1882)
Kereban the Inflexible (1883)
The Archipelago on Fire (1884)
The Star of the South (1884)
Mathias Sandorf (1885)
Robur the Conqueror (1886)
The Lottery Ticket (1886)
Dr. Trifulgas (1886)
North Against South (1887)
The Road to France (1887)
Gil Braltar (1887)
A Long Vacation (1888)
A Family Without a Name (1889)
The Purchase of the North Pole (1889)
Cesar Cascabel (1890)
Mrs. Branican (1891)
The Carpathian Castle (1892)
Claudius Bombarnac (1892)
Foundling Mick (1893)
The Wonderful Adventures of Captain Antifer (1894)
An Express of the Future (1895)
Propeller Island (1895)
Facing the Flag (1896)
Clovis Dardentor (1896)
The Sphinx of the Icefields (1897)
Magellanie (1898)
The Superb Orinoco (1898)
The Will of an Eccentric (1899)
Second Fatherland (1900)
The Aerial Village (1901)
The Beautiful Yellow Danube (1901)
The Stories of Jean-Marie Cabidoulin (1901)
The Brothers Kip (1902)
Traveling Scholarships (1903)
A Drama in Livonia (1904)
Study Trip (1904)
Master of the World (1904)
The Invasion of the Sea (1905)

If you want I can give you a summary of all those books.
And tell you where you can read lots of them online!

#5 · Posted: 26 Jul 2004 14:18
I would certainly hope most of you would have heard of him!

I read 20,000 Leagues this year... quite long, drags at parts, but all-around good... up until the ending... which makes Alice in Wonderland look like a brilliant, well-thought-out finish. :)

Those who have read it know what I'm talking about...
#6 · Posted: 26 Jul 2004 20:34
Hi, Jules Verne's Merry Miseries of Three Travelers in Scandinavia (1861) has never been officially translated into English, well I'm working on translating it, if any of you are interested I'll post it on this forum. Let me know! ...

UK Correspondent
#7 · Posted: 26 Jul 2004 22:16 · Edited by: Richard
Anyone see the new Jackie Chan/Alan Partridge (I mean, Steve Coogan) '..80 Days' yet?

I've seen it - the parts that I recognised from the book were : the names "Phileas Fogg", "Passpartout" and "Inspector Fix"; the idea of circumnavigating the globe in 80 days ... that's about it. The film is absolutely nothing like the book whatsoever - enjoyable enough, though (especially "spot the celebrity").

Personally, I've read "Around the World in 80 Days", "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" and "From the Earth to the Moon". I enjoyed them all, although my favourites are Journey and 80 Days.

- Richard
Moderator Emeritus
#8 · Posted: 27 Jul 2004 03:11
I've read quite a number of his books, and I am a great fan. And yes, Garen, I do have a few pages on my website about him. :)

Like Herge, Verne always did a huge amount of research for his books -- he didn't get it right ALL the time, but he did pretty well seeing what he had to work on!

#9 · Posted: 27 Jul 2004 06:46
Anyone remember the cartoon they did when Phileas Fogg was a lion? That was a good interpretation.

I saw a poster for the new film, I recall PF flying in a balloon but not in some sort of homemade flying machine. I haven't seen it

#10 · Posted: 27 Jul 2004 09:58
Heard of Jules Verne? I hope your'e joking. He's only one of the most famour sci-fi authors ever!

I've only read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 days and Journey to the Centre of the Earth and that was when I was around 10 (11 years ago). Of these I enjoyed Journey to the Centre of the Earth the most and then 20,000 Leagues.
Great books!

I've seen the movies of all three (I mean the old version of 80 Days, not the recent one). Journey was well done for its age.

I'm more of a H.G. Wells fan myself though. I haven't read any sci-fi books better than 'War of the Worlds' (1897) and The Time Machine was pretty good.

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