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Paris au XXe siècle

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" Mon cher Verne, fussiez-vous prophète on ne croira pas aujourd'hui en votre prophétie " commentait l'éditeur P. J. Hetzel en marge du manuscrit que lui avait adressé Jules Verne. Et Jules Verne, en cette année 1863, rangea pour toujours Paris au XXe siècle, au moment même où la publication de Cinq Semaines en ballon inaugurait la suite ininterrompue de succès littéraires ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 217 pages
Published December 1994 by Hachette (first published 1994)
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Manny
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Jules Verne fans
"But we must warn them! Warn our ancestors!" Michel cried. A fierce light burned in his keen young eyes. "They must not choose the path that leads to... to this!" He spread out his arms to indicate the entire world of 1960: Napoleon V, the great Monopolies that controlled France, England and America, the death of human feeling, of literature, of politics, even of war, that most futile but also most noble of mortal occupations.

The old savant looked at him. "There is a way," he said quietly. "A w
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David Sarkies
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Jule's Verne's Forgotten Novel
11 September 2011 - London

This is what has been termed as the 'Lost Book of Jules Verne'. The reason it was lost (and nobody actually knew that it existed until it was discovered in a safe in his old house in Paris) is because when he wrote it his publisher basically thought that it was rubbish and refused to publish it. So, like many writers, he simply filed it away for another time, and it was subsequently forgotten, only to be discovered in the late 20th Century
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Lydia Presley
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fiction, 2010
I have so much I want to talk about when it comes to this book I don't even know where to begin.

Paris in the Twentieth Century is, like all Jules Verne's books, a very detailed, scientific story - technology and advancements take first place, with the story coming second. Don't get me wrong though, I love reading Verne's books - but they are dry reading at times. The overflow of information, not only on technological advancements, but Parisian names and places set my head spinning at times. But,
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Paris au XXe siècle=Paris in the twentieth Century, Jules Verne
عنوان: پاریس در قرن بیستم؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: بهنام جمالیان؛ تهران، مرکز نشر فرهنگی مشرق، 1374؛ در 229 ص؛
عنوان: پاریس در قرن بیستم؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: داود دهقان طرزجانی؛ تهران، نشاط، 1375؛ در 240 ص؛
Ints
Parīzē rit divdesmitā gadsimta sešdesmitie gadi. Sabiedriskais transports ir absolūti efektīvs, daļu slodzes paņem plānveidīgi izstrādāti pneimatiskā vilciena maršruti, bagātākie cilvēki brauc ar viena zirgspēka jaudas automobiļiem, ostās pienāk milzu kuģi. Pat Parīze ir kļuvusi par ostas pilsētu. Liekas, ka cilvēcei tehnoloģiskais progress ir nesis tikai labumu, bet tā vis nav, ir kāda cilvēces mantojuma daļa, kuru tehnoloģijas ir praktiski iznīcinājuši. Humanitārās zinātnes kā tādas vairs nepa ...more
Rui
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rui by: Ana
Ever since I heard there was a "lost" Verne novel only published over one hundred years after it was originally written I wanted to read "Paris in The XX Century". Recently, thanks to miss Ana C. Nunes, who was kind enough to borrow me her audio-book I had the chance of knowing this work. 
 
And it surprised me very much. I thought I knew Verne well, I thought I knew what to expect from one of his "science novels", I was absolutely mistaken. 
 
Unlike all of the other books with scientific developme
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Tfitoby
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, translation
If I was in the habit of rating books on their historical significance then this would get much more than two stars, as it is however I was less than thrilled by reading 150 year old dry science fiction. I was more thrilled by the idea that something like this lost novel could exist. Of course many other people were too and so you get many historical novels that basically work as fan fiction for Dickens and Poe etc.

I found it incredible that Verne could be so prescient back in 1863 but beyond th
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Gregg Wingo
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read Jules Verne as a twelve year old and it was one of my first introductions to science fiction. What I did not know was that the translations of his work into English had been done specifically to facilitate the marketing of his materials as juvenile literature. Since the 1960s new translations have been issued more truly reflecting the language of one of France's most popular novelists in the 19th century. However, Verne was not limited solely by his English language publishers by al ...more
Edgar Trevizo
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asombrosamente preciso y por ello mismo cruel y doloroso. Aunque en suma no puedo considerarla una gran novela, sí puedo respetar la ironía que elabora en sus páginas y la visión siempre acertada de Verne sobre el futuro. El final es patético y desesperado. Es también apresurado y de tono distinto al del resto de la novela, lo que afecta al conjunto. Pero aun así es de recomendable lectura.
Michael
Aug 31, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jules Verne fans, French lit fans, historians of sci fi
Recommended to Michael by: serendipity
This odd little novel was a latter-era discovery, which was never published in Verne’s lifetime. It is an attempt by the great inventor of science fiction to envision life 100 years from his own time, and it manages to be uncannily prescient in some areas. Verne accurately envisions the Paris subway system, the commonality of horseless carriages, the electrification of the metropolis, and he even places a tower in the position later to be held by the Eiffel Tower. Nevertheless, this book is unde ...more
Daniel
This is an interesting book to read both from an historical point of view, and as historical fiction. It's fun to see what Verne envisioned and has come true, funny to laugh at what he predicted that seems far from ever happening, and maybe a bit scary to see how close he's maybe come to foreseeing the mechinization of the arts.

The book reads a bit dry and I can't help but think that Verne might have considered this to be an unfinished novel. There were moments of brightness within, but they we
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Plethora
It feels wrong to give Verne a mere two stars for this lost manuscript. I tried imagining myself reading it back in the late 1800 prior to the existence of some of his visions that are now everyday life. However, I just still wasn't feeling it, feeling dragged down the entire way, like those few spots in the Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas where we learn every scientific name imaginable.

I didn't find a connection to Michel Dufrénoy and just didn't care what he did with his daily life.

Hi
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MaggyGray
Ein sehr seltsames Buch. Ich bin ja ein großer Fan von Verne, aber diese Geschichte war für mich ein bisschen zu deprimierend. Auf Grund des Titels (Paris im 20. Jahrhunderts) war ich gespannt, welche technischen Errungenschaften sich Verne ausgedacht hatte, und inwieweit diese tatsächlich mit der Realität übereinstimmen. Vieles war auch mehr oder weniger treffend beschrieben - sehr viel Technik (Magnetismus, Dampf, Gas), wenig Geistiges, alles muss funktionieren, nichts wird dem Zufall überlass ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Interesting because of what he got right, but also what he got wrong - personally, I skimmed some of it but would slow down because what really interested me was Michel and his struggle to reconcile interests that weren't common with a cold and measured world.

What I enjoyed the most was the commentary on the periphery about authors and composers that the reader would be familiar with. I laughed that opera still existed when all other forms of art had become obsolete.
David
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun: the author is writing in the 1860s about Paris in the 1960s. Industry rules, and the arts are held in contempt, as we see through the eyes of those on the wrong end of "Progress." Not going to join the ranks of great classics, in my opinion, but quite fun to read just the same.
Sue
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book and saw the comment on the back cover that said Jules Verne was the "Michael Crichton of his time." That's all I needed! It is pretty easy to pick out some symbolism in the storyline and fun to see what Verne predicted correctly and what he did not.
Arnis
Mar 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pirmie kucēni (kucītes - arī :) ) jāslīcina. Un tas arī tika izdarīts. Nav īsti skaidrs, kāpēc šis tika ekshumēts.
Šis varētu būt Žila Verna pirmais sarakstītais romāns, kurš tapis aptuveni tajā pašā laikā, kad publicēja viņa pirmo romānu - "Piecas nedēļas gaisa balonā".
Žila Verna izdevējs Pjērs Žils Etcels atteicās publicēt šo romānu, kritizējot tā literāro stilu, pesimistisko noskaņu un to, ka dialogi sarakstīti "pašmērķīgi, nevis apstākļu diktēti". Vispār šis trāpīgais teiciens attiecināms ne
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Felipe Guerrero
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ayer en la noche terminé de leer este libro. Es un libro bastante, bastante pesimista para su época, por no decir una gran, gran novela de anticipación tanto científica como social. Tiene muchos detalles sobre el futuro que pareciera que Julio Verne realmente hubiera estado en él.

Les enumeraré algunos de los detalles.

* Todo el mundo sabe leer, pero casi nadie lo hace (¿les suena conocido?)
* Los autores clásicos son prácticamente desconocidos para la gente.
* En los bancos se utilizan unas maquina
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Steve Joyce
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every brush stroke that Verne paints of a future Paris serves to outline the profile of the out-of-place dreamer and poet, Michel Dufrénoy.

In Paris in the Twentieth Century, what's left of Art and Literature is mass-produced. Michel's uncle and aunt are typical Parisians of the time. One of Verne's wittiest passages concerns their relationship:

Did she love Monsieur Boutardin, and was she loved by him in return? Yes, insofar as these businesslike hearts could love; a comparison will complete the
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Vasco Silva
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vasco by: Professeur de Littérature Française à l'université
J'ai bien aimé les descriptions de l'auteur sur un Paris et une France qui étaient dans une dystopie absolument moderne. L'auteur nous parle des avancements technologiques de l'époque et fait des références scientifiques qui n'ont étaient pas découvertes jusqu'au XXIème siècle. J'aimé aussi la comparaison entre le passé et le future dont les gens méprisent les arts, la culture et la littérature en détriment de l’ingénierie, des sciences, des mathématiques et du développement technologique. Une c ...more
Leothefox
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This is my first Jules Verne book that I read myself (the others being far back in my youth when my dad would read them to me). I probably like it better than I ought to because of both my affinity of 19th century speculative fiction and how thoroughly I identified with the story.

Verne's book tells the story of 16-year-old Michel who aspires to be an artist in a 1960 Paris society that values business and technology and regards art and literature as useless. It's a story of misfits and the tr
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Fiona Robson
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jules-verne
The Jules Verne passion continues. THIS was the best one I've read yet, although it's difficult to compare them, they're all just so fantastic. But this was scarily prophetic. Well ... apart from the bleak, dystopian, totalitarian future. This was written in 1863 and lay undiscovered until 1965 and its authenticity has never been questioned. Verne's publisher turned it down as he thought it was too unbelievable. But Verne predicts computers, the Paris
Metro system, synthesizers .... he even has
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John Strohl
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come for the prescient description of modern France, stay for the funeral of the arts! While Paris in the Twentieth Century is touted as Nostradamus-like foresight of our modern world from almost two centuries in the past, the real value of the book is the eulogy for Verne's artisan contemporaries, heroes, and predecessors. Verne's protagonist, Michel, is an artist trapped in a world for scientists, doomed by his romanticism. Michael takes the reader on a tour of both the physical and aesthetic ...more
Ana
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My first book by Jules Verne was quite a surprise. I loved his imagination and how he portraited Paris.
The book's flaws were the weak plot and the one-dimensional characters, and for the first time that actually didn't bother me all that much (which is so unusual, considering I love character driven books).

Looking forward to reading other books by the author.
Andrew McBurney
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This work, like From the Earth to the Moon, really should be known for its critique of American "values," which is both sobering and funny, and, as an American, I confess, not in the least likely to make me change some of those same values I share. The image of Paris, and the world, of 1960, as projected from over 50 years prior, is uncanny. It's a world that does business the way America does business, and that business is a juggernaut.
Deborah
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read, in that this manuscript was only found a few years ago. Along with a letter from one of Verne's friends begging him not to publish it because it was so bad. It really was written poorly, the storyline was a little threadbare, but still, there were some very astute and rather prophetical ideas. The death of the humanities in institutions of higher learning because they are viewed as an unprofitable waste of time by society being the one I found most relevant (and tragic).
Lew
Jan 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, 2017
I did not enjoy this book.

This was literally just men complaining about things and descriptions of inventions that are not real. But like ten times more annoying and boring than that sounds.

I know it's supposed to be a dystopian future, but it just came off as "men complain about kids these days! Except for the one smart boy, too bad everyone else is dumb."

Justin Mitchell
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ada Walladge
Really enjoyed it! (Apart from the really depressing ending...:P)
Sarah
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading some other of Verne's work I was curious about this manuscript. I used the excuse of my EPQ project to read this work.
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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).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of spa
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“Literature is dead, my boy' the uncle replied. 'Look at these empty rooms, and these books buried in their dust; no one reads anymore; I am the guardian of a cemetery here, and exhumation is forbidden.' . . . 'My boy, never speak of literature, never speak of art! Accept the situation as it is! You are Monsieur Boutardins ward before being your Uncle Huguenin's nephew!” 2 likes
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