Monday, May 11, 2009

Jules jewels

Day 256 of 365 in the “Marathon of the Dope” . . .

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I’m currently reading “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” by Jules Verne, and I have to say what an awesome creation it is.

It’s really old, but that does not in any way take away from the magic of this novel. Verne loves to throw in facts wherever he can (maybe a wee bit too much at times) but this adds a genuine realism to the tale.

I read my daughter “Journey to the Center of the Earth” last year and she loved it. Throw in “Around the World in 80 Days” and “From the Earth to the Moon” and we see here a writer that knew his business - the business of entertainment.

There seem to be a few things in “20,000 Leagues” that were just not discovered yet. This was written in the late 19th century after all. One thing not understood was deep sea divers getting nitrogen bubbles in the blood when rising to the surface too quickly after very deep dives. It was understood that bad things, even painful death, could occur if you rose too quickly, but the actual why this happened was not understood. And plate tectonics was as yet undiscovered, so Verne’s explanation of how the oceans and continents formed and then remained that way is kinda wrong.

But, those small things aside, Verne was a complete visionary and way ahead of his time when it came to adventure science fiction. Pure genius, and pure fun to boot.

So, if you haven’t done so, or (for shame) have never, read any Jules Verne, go and find one of the four books I mentioned and read one of them or, better yet, all four.

You will not be disappointed if you like a grand adventure tale.

Until Tomorrow . . .

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