Jules Verne

Jules Verne
Before Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and even before H. G. Wells there was Jules Verne. The French writer was a pioneer of the science-fiction genre. Verne was noted for writing about cosmic, atmospheric, and underwater travel before air travel and submarines were commonplace and before practical means of space travel had been devised. His creations belong to our imaginary, to our culture.
Les voyages extraordinaires His novels were immortalized through the years by tons of film adaptations. The first of them was probably the renowned Le Voyage dans la Lune, directed by Georges Méliès, in 1902. The short film was based on Verne’s novel De la Terre à la Lune. The Méliès’ film is available at Internet Archive to download and Google Video to watch.
Verne is the third most translated novelist in the world. The fact that his work is in public domain of course contribute to that, but even before, his books had became classics of the universal literature. For those that want to start to explore his fantastic universe in the original language, La bibliothèque Jules Verne is my suggestion. (via La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec)
I also recommend the always great Project Gutenberg if you are planning to download or even read on-line the works of Verne. There are available versions of his books in French, English and Dutch. Fourteen of the English versions have also audio books. If that wasn’t enough just follow the links at Wikipedia article about him.

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3 Responses to Jules Verne

  1. Massilianana says:

    Hé Bibi !!!
    Contente que tu sois de retour !Mon Jules Vernes préféré est le Tour du monde en quatre vingt jours.
    Até !

  2. Bertrand says:

    I’m happy you wrote an entry about him, it was (and still is) one of my favourite authors. Actually, I’ve been re-reading his books over the last month. Even if the scientific explanations might not be perfectly accurate nowadays, given the advances of science, there’s so much poetry in these books that they’re still very enjoyable. My favourite would be ‘20000 lieues sous les mers’, I am still captivated by Captain Nemo and its wonderful submarine.

  3. Bibi says:

    Moi aussi Massilianana! Sorry for the long vacation.
    Hey B, why a comment in English? 😛 My French sucks to write but I’m doing fine to read.
    I’m going to check the two suggestion. I’m not sure of how much time I will need to read a single book, but I will make efforts for this. 🙂
    Thanks for the comments.

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