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Da Terra à Lua (Extraordinary Voyages #4)

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Anticipando le scoperte scientifiche e tecniche del nostro tempo, Verne immagina il primo viaggio nello spazio e crea personaggi ardimentosi che prefigurano i moderni astronauti.
Hardcover, 3961, 425 pages
Published July 1995 by Circulo de Leitores (first published 1863)
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The review from afar – No. 25

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for any non-technical reading. I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg: virtually every title I have or will be reading in the near future comes from them.

From the Earth to the Moon is one of the more famous stories by Jules Verne. In it he postulates how the technology of his time could place an object (eventually a manned object) on the su
I love a bit of Jules Verne, I love the fact that he wrote so long ago, but his novels still shock and surprise me despite the fact that I'm surrounded by technology he couldn't have dreamed of. What he wrote about, would have been considered implausable at the time, but now that we can look back, he was very accurate in what he imagined.

From the Earth to the Moon is a fabulous example of this for many reasons. It tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club and a few of it's members, who having re
For whatever reason I thought Verne would be a cumbersome read. However, he writes quite beautifully, and this novel is certainly a page turner. The story mainly consists of rather technical descriptions of the journey and the construction of the apparatus used. As a result, I would expect this book to be rather polarizing. Being as I like that sort of thing, this is just very high quality science fiction.
Simple, but strange Newton's third law; if object A exerts a force on another object B, object B also exerts the same magnitude of force on object A. Perhaps this law is how rockets work. Jules Verne, before rocket was invented, seems to know this law probably but think a bit differently. The idea was making a gigantic cannon and shooting it to travel the moon. Maybe this idea looks absurd nowadays, but even as a modern person, I think this idea was remarkable.
The book is mostly about the "prep
I felt half tempted to start up a drinking game while I was reading this work of speculative fiction. Aware of the current state of spaceflight, I was fascinated by this fictional account of a time before the rocket had even been conceived of, much less been invented. Throughout the reading, I unconsciously tallied what Jules Verne got right and what he got wrong.

The premise of the book is that a club whose artillery hobby has been rendered irrelevant by the end of the Civil War seeks a new appl
Fantastic, fictitious, scientific and educational. I was surprised by the narrative style the author chose to adopt for a story of such a genre, but it certainly added to its appeal.
Based on the synopsis I expected a bit more of an adventure story and less of a scientific endeavour explaining the foundation of how to travel into outer space. However, considering my scientific background and interest in astronomy, I was greatly intrigued by the mystery and fascination of the moon the author infus
Alec Glazier
I thought that this was a phenomenal book. I thought that the concept was spectacular because Verne takes a very unknown setting: the moon, and creates a journey that will open up new things the world. The plot line was a bit distorted because there was a late climax in Part I when the Columbiad is launched. There is an extremely graduate fall of the falling action, as there is a unexpected "spike," as it would look like on the plot line at the end of Part II, when the Columbiad lands. Although ...more
It's difficult to try and rate or review a book that is so old and far removed from today's context, but I'll try to say a few words.

This book was a fun adventure with a playful spirit infused in the writing. If you read it out of context, with a critical eye as to plausibility, you may be sorely disappointed. The feeling of the book is not overly serious. Verne doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, as he pokes fun at American ingenuity and makes the main explorers members of a Gun Club.
In questa graziosa bomba, chiusa da un coperchio a vite, fu introdotto dapprima un grosso gatto, quindi uno scoiattolo appartenente al segretario perpetuo del Gun Club e al quale J.T. Maston teneva in modo particolare. Si voleva sapere come questo animaletto, poco soggetto alle vertigini, avrebbe reagito a quel viaggio sperimentale.
Il proiettile arrivò rapidamente a mille piedi d’altezza, quindi cominciò la sua parabola discendente per inabissarsi poi nel bel mezzo della rada.
Non erano passati
What makes From the Earth to the Moon so enjoyable is it's sheer earnestness. Entire chapters are filled with debates about figures and equations. Verne loves to write about all the details of his little thought experiment. This is very clearly his fantasy, and had he the money, I could imagine him attempting something like this.

However, it ends abruptly. The entire thing is about the construction of the great cannon that will fire the explorers to the moon. After launching them, there's one ch

Avveniristico per i suoi tempi, ma decisamente geniale.
Assolutamente improbabile, ma troppo divertente.
Piuttosto semplice, eppure così interessante!

Siamo nell'America post Guerra di Secessione, precisamente a Baltimora, dove ha sede il prestigioso Gun-Club, che ammette come soci soltanto coloro che hanno inventato un nuovo cannone, un nuovo fucile, una pistola, o una qualche arma da fuoco. Preferibilmente, comunque, un cannone.
All'inizio del romanzo molti eminenti soci, per cui la balistica è un
Otra parada más en mi viaje particular en la obra de este maestro, Julio Verne. Tercer libro que leo siguiendo el orden de publicación.

No paro de asombrarme acerca de las cosas que escribió, en el tiempo en que las escribió. Esta mención merecía un párrafo aparte.

La historia, centrada en los miembros de un club de artilleros, que según mi punto de vista son mas científicos que simples diseñadores de armas. Vemos cómo este grupo, centrado en el ambiente de la guerra, necesita de un nuevo desafío
Dominika Kaníková
first 100 pages were so boring i had expected something different ,more like a story about traveling to the centre of the world, for me there was just too much useless numbers that no one read and less actuall story but it was not fault of the book that i don't really like it, it was just about my wrong expactationes. it actualy amazes me how jules could come up with such a great ideas of how it could possibly happen.
Anna [Floanne]
Di Verne mi stupisce sempre la capacità che ebbe di immaginare e prevedere situazioni, scoperte, invenzioni che al suo tempo erano ancora lontanissime dall'essere realizzate. Anche questa avventura non è da meno e il bizzarro progetto di un gruppo di Americani appassionati di balistica di costruire un enorme cannone per lanciare un proiettile sulla Luna viene reso in modo così dettagliato e realistico da sembrare assolutamente plausibile. Il tutto, condito sempre da un velo di ironia che rende l ...more
There's just something special about classic literature. It has its own character and voice, and if you look you can find humor in unexpected places. Jules Verne is one of my favorite writers, and this little story was an exceptional read. I loved all the science and mathematics involved and was pleased to catch some humor weaved in the story.

Most of this story involves figuring out the how of going to the Moon: constructing the projectile, calculating what is needed and how much, gaining the fu
I had heard people talk about this book, but had never taken the time to read it. Written in 1865, it is amazing that Verne got most of the science right. The main difference between the book and the actual moon shot some 100 years later was the placement of the propulsion system. The dialogue seems rather basic and the book is probably geared to more of a middle school type audience. The explanations of all the problems to be overcome and the discussions of the solutions became tedious at times ...more
not at all the fairy tale I expected. but the two stars are completely subjective and only reflect my personal liking, although I realize it is a marvelous book for its time. deeply descriptive and scientific, recommended only for science lovers, not a children's book or fantasy.
Rosario Villamor
Verne's novel of an American gun club is both funny and informative. On one hand, he tries to do the necessary calculations of the escape velocity of the rocket, dimensions of the rocket, etc. On the other, he effortlessly tells the story with a bit of humour, including disputes between the gun club's president, Barbicane, and his old enemy, Captain Nicholl (who was actually doing the correct analysis and who was giving out the right information).

I found the story funny and ridiculous, but if I
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can't believe I spent my 16 years of life without reading this. Ahh I'm going to read all of my dad's oldies, this book was one of his favorites when he was younger so It makes it more special to me, I love my dad and he is pure role model material. The science was one of the things that I loved the most about this book, the astronomy, the physics, it was so cool, and the whole concept was just hilarious and clever. Jules Verne rocks. Yes I said that, no regrets

Besides, thi
Benjamin Kahn
Not much of a story here. The Baltimore Gun Club decides to build a cannon to shoot a projectile to the moon and they do it. That's pretty much it. A lot of the book is taken up with scientific calculations for the projectile, myths and facts of the moon, and a debate on whether the moon has an atmosphere. The calculations for the projections are done in advance by the president of the gun club, who then takes several chapters letting the gun club debate the logistics while presenting them with ...more
Eliot Gilbert
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A good fit for: people who enjoy charming old-timey “hard” science fiction (Think unending detail for a piece of machinery, down to the precise numerical volume of gunpowder for a particularly sized cannon). The pacing is a pleasure. The characters are comic and endearing. The translation is crisp and lively. When you open the book, there is a sense of adventure, and you feel as if you are truly reading an account of an attempt to fire men out of
Ash A
I did not like this book. There were parts of this book where I smiled, but I did not enjoy this book one bit. It dragged on with descriptions and facts (that were fictional), and I had my force myself to read it (I had to do an assignment for school. I literally had to skip paragraphs and pages, because it was so utterly boring, and I just could not hold an interest towards it. and there were no interesting characters, no real conflict/ plot of the book, other than building a cannon and a way t ...more
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Rune Clausen
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Usually i enjoy Jules Verne's work but i'm afraid From the Earth to the Moon just wasn't very good.

The first half of the book seems to be all Verne's workings on how a rocket could be fired to the moon using a giant cannon...

It just gets bogged down in too much detail: the development, the planning, the building by this time i just didnt care if the rocket would take off or not.

jules fern was totaly out of place in france with his stories and choose the us as a refuge for this tale. was it a parody on the childish american culture in the eyes of europeans? was it parental care from european perspective? it must have been otherwise the tale never would have been turned into practice, apollo the musical.
Sara Best
I have challenged myself to read more classics. Jules Verne is certainly a foundational writer in science fiction so I was eager to explore his works. From the Earth to the Moon offered an interesting glimpse into 19th century American life and the state of science in that era. Knowing that his available scientific knowledge would be out dated, I wondered if the story would feel too ludicrous to enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised. The focus of the story was the planning and building of the vehicl ...more
Well it is Jules Verne, but it never made it on to Wishbone or as an illustrated classic, so I wasn't really familiar with it before listening to this. It is too bad it doesn't get more press because I think it is the funniest of his novels that I have read. I don't know if he intended it to be that way or if it just is looking back from a post-moon landing 21st century. I found it to be a fun read (listen). I was going to be very angry at the ending which leaves you on a huge cliff hanger, unti ...more
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1864), "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1870), and "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1873).

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