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Review of From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

From the Earth to the Moon From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb on Goodreads begins like this: “Verne’s 1865 tale of a trip to the moon…” I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that this is a story about the Baltimore Gun Club’s attempt to launch a capsule from earth to the moon, not the tale of a trip. If you chronicled the planning of a journey across country by car, detailed the packing of said car, and you communicated the progress of the vehicle all the way to the on-ramp, you would not have told the story of a trip. Rather, that would be the story of an attempt to send a car across the country. I had to get that out. Let’s move onto the review now.

I did really enjoy the humor and enthusiasm of the book, but there’s an awful lot of lengthy technical explanations and expert testimony provided by all sorts of characters. If you think of it as pure exposition, you’re not going to be a happy traveler. Remember, this is a story about people coming together to pull of something absolutely incredible. Those details are crucial — they are an integral part of the plot. Pay attention, and I think you’ll enjoy observing imagination overcome physical obstacles.

Also, I need to add that Verne managed to convince this layperson that a big moon gun is a pretty damned good idea. So, well done there.

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