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By Mark Twain

Twain's account of vacationing in Europe, "A Tramp Abroad" (1880), glints with the author's clever observations and hugely opinionated reviews on outdated global tradition, and showcases his extraordinary skill to combine funny sketches, autobiographical tidbits, and ancient anecdotes in a regularly unique narrative. forged within the kind of a strolling travel via Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, "A Tramp Abroad" comprises between its adventures a voyage by means of raft down the Neckar and an ascent of Mount Blanc by way of telescope, in addition to the author's makes an attempt to review paintings - a totally imagined task Twain 'authenticated' together with his personal splendidly primitive photos incorporated during this quantity.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth has been made into motion pictures several times, including the well-known 1959 version directed by Henry Levin, which features James Mason and Pat Boone in the leading roles, and a 1999 made-for-television version directed by George Miller. Neither bears much resemblance to Jules Verne舗s text, since both fundamentally alter the basic set of characters and the development of the plot. First-time readers of the novel are therefore likely to be surprised by the sophistication of its thought and language.

It is also remarkable that Axel, in the throes of a properly scientific hallucination, loses the analytical distance that usually characterizes scientific work, and gradually shifts from normal scientific observation with a telescope to a visual imagination of nonexistent natural objects. He then places himself physically among these objects (leaning against the trunks of imaginary trees) and finally feels his body merge with the elementary forces of the cosmos in a climactic moment of transcendence.

Wells舗s The Time Machine is published . 1897 Le Sphinx des glaces (The Ice Sphinx), written as a sequel to Poe舗s 1838 novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published. Flagging health plagues Verne. His brother Paul dies. English writer Rudyard Kipling舗s Captains Courageous and Edmond Rostand舗s play Cyrano de Bergerac are published . 1899 Verne舗s Le testament d舗un excentrique (The Will of an Eccentric ) deals with the oil industry舗s ravages of the environment. 1905 Leaving a drawer filled with manuscripts, and with his family gathered at his bedside, Jules Verne dies of complicationsfrom diabetes.

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