Saturday, July 11, 2009

Jules Verne

Jules Verne sought to convey mystery by setting his works in places which were unfamiliar, yet believable and realistic. The Mysterious Island (1875) was set on the same, while Captain Hatteras (1866) and The Sphinx of Ice (1897) took place at the poles.

Readers also loved Jules Verne’s books because they had thrilling, fast-paced plots. In the immortal classic Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), the engaging hero Phineas Fogg is constantly in motion, never pausing for more than a couple of days in any one place, because he is taking part in the race of his lifetime.

He had an amazing insight into the trend of scientific invention, and many of his imaginary creations, from the submarine to the fax machine, were actually invented.

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