A journey to the centre of the earth (Immortal Illustrated Classics)
The Immortal Illustrated Classics series offers adaptations of famous classics, featured in large print with lively illustrations. The series is targeted at children, but the lucid writing style is suitable for adult readers as well.
This book is the story of a secret expedition beneath the earth’s surface, down through geologic space and time to an imagined subterranean world. Narrated by Harry, one of the three adventurers, it tells how he, Professor Von Hardwigg and their guide, Hans Bjelke, descend the chimney of an extinct volcano eruption. The novel begins in the spring of 1863. Von accidentally discovers a mysterious manuscript written by Arne Saknussemm, a sixteenth-century Icelandic heretical philosopher and alchemist. They encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano.