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Verne's 1865 tale of a trip to the moon is (as you'd expect from Verne) great fun, even if bits of it now seem, in retrospect, a little strange. Our rocket ship gets shot out of a cannon? To the moon? Goodness! But in other ways it's full of eerie bits of business that turned out to be very near reality: he had the cost, when you adjust for inflation, almost exactly right.Verne's 1865 tale of a trip to the moon is (as you'd expect from Verne) great fun, even if bits of it now seem, in retrospect, a little strange. Our rocket ship gets shot out of a cannon? To the moon? Goodness! But in other ways it's full of eerie bits of business that turned out to be very near reality: he had the cost, when you adjust for inflation, almost exactly right. There are other similarities, too. Verne's cannon was named the Columbiad; the Apollo 11 command module was named Columbia. Apollo 11 had a three-person crew, just as Verne's did; and both blasted off from the American state of Florida. Even the return to earth happened in more-or-less the same place. Coincidence -- or fact!? We say you'll have to read this story yourself to judge....

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Da Terra à Lua Reviews

  • Sr3yas
    2018-07-27 14:16

    ★★★✬☆ 3.5 StarsAlright, Kids. Let's start by catching some reel from Back To the Future III:Clara Clayton: Emmett, do you think we'll ever be able to travel to the moon like we travel across the country on trains?Doc: Definitely, although not for another eighty-four years and not on trains. We'll have space vehicles, capsules to sail off in rockets, devices that create giant explosions, explosions that are so powerful that they...Clara Clayton: [finishes Doc's sentence] "They break the pull of the earth's gravity and send their projectile through outer space."[Doc stares at her in shock. Clara laughs]Clara Clayton: Emmett, I read that book too. You're quoting Jules Verne, "From the Earth to the Moon".Jules Verne wrote "From Earth to Moon" in 1865, a century before the actual small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. In his novel, Verne introduces the Baltimore Gun Club, a group of Gun enthusiasts with a wide membership and an unquenchable thirst for action, yet they find themselves without a war to fight and nothing notable to occupy them. Not for long.When Impey Barbicane, the president of the club reveals his plans to create a gun long enough and strong enough to launch an expedition to the moon, the whole world is captivated by his dream. Calculations are made, locations are scouted, and days are marked. Will they be able to pull it off?If you take a step back and look at the story, you'll see that It's about a bunch of gun-crazed adventure-loving Americans constructing a big ass gun, so that they can literally shoot for the moon... with a bullet.Only when you take a closer look, you'll see the beauty of Verne's work. Yes, there are pages of mostly outdated 20th-century science dump, along with some shockingly accurate predictions and calculations. Also, there are pages of minute details like amount of money collected from each county for the project and list of banks participated, which probably is weird for a modern reader. BUT when you put those pages behind you, you'll find a story filled with humor, courage and UTTER LUNACY! Some of the best parts were (view spoiler)[the enmity between Captain Nicholl and President Barbicane and their "duel", the entry of the Frenchman, the infectious enthusiasm of every member of the audience and the description of final take off! (hide spoiler)]At the end of the day, From Earth to Moon is a bumpy and a fun ride. Apart from that, the novel's historical value is tremendous: To bring equilibrium to the Wikipedia article which describes with many points why Verne's expedition won't work, there is a NASA page which showcases the predictions of Verne that came to fruition! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Luís C.
    2018-08-13 07:27

    When we talk about Jules Verne, we often use the term visionary. It is of course totally true, but this aspect of Verne's work must not make us forget that he was above all a formidable storyteller. WithFrom the Earth to the Moon , we have a glimpse of these two facets of the author.First popularizer, Verne book many technical and scientific information by starting the era of knowledge, then extrapolating this knowledge to speculate, the author demonstrated a great erudition in a very focused early novel on technical aspects. Then, just when the story threatened to turn round and become boring, now tumbling Michel Ardan. Ah, Michel Ardan! What a character! Rarely a character will have borne his name as well. Michel Ardan, it is undoubtedly the height of the cool in 1865; Casual elegance, charisma, eloquence, courage, audacity. The saying "impossible is not French" seems to have been created about it. Ardan awakens the story, gives it a whip, instills madness. Just for this bigger than life character, reading the novel is worth it.The other characters, although less enthusiastic by their less exuberant personalities, are well camped and interesting.This adventure is served by an elegant and dynamic writing and the author has a very pleasant sense of humor.In short, a high-level entertainment, intelligent and entertaining to read and reread.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2018-07-26 15:13

    From the Earth to the Moon was written almost 100 years before man finally stepped foot on the moon, a mixture of early sci-fi and adventure book that has truly imaginative elements alongside Jules Verne's very scientific mind.In an America that is rather frightfully similar to its current state, gun enthusiasts find themselves at the end of the civil war without anything to shoot. The Baltimore Gun Club and its president, Impey Barbicane, decide that an altogether different approach to ballistics should be taken and undertake a mission to send a missile to the moon.Inevitably, a Frenchman pops up and demands he man the missile, turning the un-manned mission in to a manned mission, and something that the whole country is captivated by.Unparalleled in imagination, though rather lacking in some areas, Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon is an excellent read, especially considering the 1969 mission that actually occurred. It is a wonderful tale, though I think it relies far too heavily on what Verne was rather too fond of, and that's the scientific element. Many sci-fi writers fall foul of this and that's to add too much science and not enough fiction. Keeping the balance truly makes a "can't-possibly-happen" story turn in to a "wonderfully-imaginative-and-yet-might-actually-happen" story. Just as in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, we seem to be inundated with Verne's intelligence.The characters are much of a muchness and his stereotypes are complete, if rather boring. From the Earth to the Moon is an important book in as much as for the time it was written, than for any other reason. But it is still a very interesting read, great fun to get through and really won't challenge you but will still make you think.

  • Carlos
    2018-08-18 07:25

    Una novela liviana, fácil de entender, rápida y entretenida. Me gustó mucho lo detallado que es Verne para dar las explicaciones del proyectil (Distancia, peso, materiales, etc). Todo con base y argumento. Con esto, me dieron ganas de aprender más sobre física y cosas acerca de proyectiles que no sé absolutamente nada. Después de haber leído esto, seré un poco más científico para mis cosas.Libro totalmente recomendable, amigable y liviano. Me gustó.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-08-19 12:10

    De la Terre à la Lune = From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages #4), Jules Verne عنوانها: مسافرت به ماه؛ از زمین تا کره ماه؛ سفر به کره ماه؛ سفر به ماه؛ گردش به دور کره ماه؛ مسافرت از زمین به کره ماه؛ مسافرت به کره ماه؛ دور ماه، نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 1970 میلادی؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی تخیلی از نویسندگان فرانسوی - قرن 19 معنوان: از زمین تا کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: حدادی؛ تهران، عطائی، 1337؛ در 136 ص؛ عنوان: مسافرت به ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: اردشیر نیکپور؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1340؛ در 309 ص؛ بارها چاپ شده؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1387؛ در هفده و 280 ص، شابک: 9789644459023؛ چاپ چهارم علمی فرهنگی 1393؛عنوان: مسافرت به کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: محمدرضا امینی؛ تهران، گلشائی، 1362؛ در 111 ص؛ عنوان: مسافرت از زمین به کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: عنایت الله شکیباپور؛ تهران، فروغی، 1369؛ در 280 ص؛ عنوان: سفر به کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: سهیلا احمدی؛ تهران، توسن، 1363؛ در 112 ص؛ عنوان: گردش به دور کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: محسن آزادی؛ تهران، توسن، 1363؛ در 213 ص؛ چاپهای دیگر با شابک: 9646282156؛ عنوان: سفر به کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: قدیر گلکاریان؛ تهران، عارف، 1370؛ در 128 ص؛ عنوان: سفر به ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: فاطمه نقاش؛ تهران، کوشش، 1375؛ در 112 ص؛ عنوان: سفر به ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: حسین چترنور؛ تهران، توسعه کتابخانه های ایران، 1376؛ در 123 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1380؛ چهارم 1381؛ ششم 1384؛ شابک: 9648209181؛عنوان: سفر به ماه، مترجم: خسرو شایسته؛ تهران، سپیده، چاپ ششم 1370، در 157 ص؛عنوان: سفر به ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: محبوبه موسوی؛ تهران، میلکان، 1393؛ در 210 ص؛ شابک: 9786007443941؛این کتاب با عنوان «دور ماه» نیز چاپ شدهفهرست کتاب: باشگاه اسلحه؛ طرح پرزیدنت باربیکن؛ کاپیتان نیکول و اشکالات؛ پوکه، توپ را کجا باید کار گذاشت؛ ساختن توپ غول پیکر؛ توپ خنک میشود؛ تلگرام؛ میشل آردن میآید؛ من هم میروم؛ ساختمان پوکه، درون پوکه؛ پوکه را درون توپ میگذارند؛ توپ شلیک میشود؛ گمشده، داخل پوکه چه میگذرد؛ بعد از شلیک توپ؛ دوم دسامبر، سوم دسامبر؛ گور فضایی؛ نیمه شب پنجم دسامبر؛ شمال ماه، جنوب ماه؛ خسوف، سقوط بزرگ؛ آنها برمیگردند؛ آنها برگشته اند؛ عملیات نجات؛ جلسه اعضای باشگاه اسلحهخلاصه داستانزمان: 1865 میلادیمکان: آمریکا، ایالت مریلند، شهر بالتیمورباشگاه «گان (باشگاه توپچیهای بالتیمور)» باشگاهی بود که در زمان جنگ برای کشورِ آمریکا، توپ و گلوله تهیه میکرد. در پایان جنگ انفصال در آمریکا، کار باشگاه نیز به اتمام رسیده بود و هر کدام از مسئولان آن در پی کاری دیگر بودند. ایمی باربیکن، رئیس باشگاه گان، پیشنهادی داد که همه از شنیدن آن هیجان زده شدند. اعضای باشگاه طبق پیشنهاد او تصمیم می­گیرند که به وسیله یک گلوله ی بزرگ آلومینیومی، که از یک توپ عظیم به طول نهصد پا، پرتاب میشود با کره ماه ارتباط برقرار کنند! قرار میشود گلوله در تاریخ اول دسامبر، سیزده دقیقه مانده به ساعت یازده، پرتاب شود و طبق محاسبات چهار روز بعد به ماه خواهد رسید. «میشل آردن» فرانسوی (مردی خودساخته ولی نه مجرب که همه چیز را بزرگ میبیند، مگر آدمیان و دشواریها را) درخواست میکند که در درون این گلوله به ماه برود. باربیکن، رئیس گان کلاب و دشمن خونی میشل آردن، که اکنون با او آشتی کرده است، و سروان نیکول که یقین دارد که این کار به ثمر نخواهد رسید، با او همسفر میشوند. گلوله که کاملترین ابزارهای علمی را در خود دارد و مجهز شده است، در یک شب مهتابی در حضور هزاران نفر سفر خود را آغاز می کند. بلفوست، مدیر رصدخانه کمبریج، و ماستون، دبیر گان کلاب، این سفر فضایی را با تلسکوپ عظیمی در «لانگز پیک»، روی کوههای صخره ­ای دنبال میکنند …؛ سفر به ماه رمانی پرحادثه از ژول ورن، داستان نویس مشهور فرانسوی است که در سال 1865 میلادی منتشر شد. ژول ورن تعدادی از موفقترین شخصیتهایش، یعنی: باربیکنِ مبادی آداب، نیکولِ تندخو، و آردنِ سرخوش را، در این کتاب گردهم آورده است. این کتاب بیش از سایر آثار ژول ورن از طنزی برخوردار است که به این ماجرای دیوانه ­وار، رنگی از حقیقت میزند. از آن زمان که انسان ماه را به عنوان کره‌ ای دیگر شناخت، آرزوی پرواز خود را با آرزوی دستیابی به تنها قمر زمین عجین ساخت؛ اما سال‌های بسیاری نیاز بود. حتی از زمانی که ژول ورن در داستان خود انسان را به ماه رساند نیز، مدت‌ها گذشت تا بالاخره این رویای انسان به حقیقت پیوست. ا. شربیانی

  • BrokenTune
    2018-07-27 14:29

    As for the Yankees, they had no other ambition than to take possession of this new continent of the sky, and to plant upon the summit of its highest elevation the star- spangled banner of the United States of America. Yup, this is still my favourite quote. Simply because I cannot get over Verne daring to imagine that iconic tv image from 1969 in 1865. There were a lot fun points that Verne picked up in this novel and made fun of, but sadly a lot of the satire in this novel is at the expense of the US, who is pretty much represented only by the characters of the Baltimore Gun Club, who out of boredom following the end of the Civil War, attempt to build a cannon that can reach the moon. I enjoyed the poking fun at gun enthusiasts, I did not enjoy the poking fun at whole nation. There were some other stereotypes, too, French and German, but the majority of Verne's mockery was pointed firmly at the US. Still, apart from the blatant stereotyping, this was a romp and fun, fun, fun diversion into imagining the impossible and then backing it up with science. Of course, we know now that the science was iffy, but it is conceivable that the readers in 1865 did not meet the book with our modern scepticism but with wonder and marvel. And I just love Verne's work for that. I would really love to know if anyone involved in space exploration was inspired by this book because I can totally see this being the case. So, why not 5 stars? The sheer amount of maths and hypothesising about maths and physics, was just too much for me. Oh, and, the cat ate the squirrel. I'm just not ok with that.

  • Silvana
    2018-08-18 07:12

    Whoa, thank goodness I didn't read the back cover of the book, or else several fun surprises would be spoiled.Holy Verne, it's been so long since my last fix of his work. Two years perhaps. From the Earth to the Moon is light but still well written. This book was published in 1865, more than a hundred years (!) prior to the first successful moon landing by the men of Apollo 11. I'm not able to prove all the scientific calculation and details described so eloquently here, but they're sure as hell convincing enough. Again, Verne never ceases to amaze me with his knack of making technical details to be interesting.He actually made some correct predictions, such as:1. the country who successfully sent a manned mission to the moon is the US. Well, he did manage to include a French guy to join the mission - nationalistic interest perhaps?2. the two states contesting to be the launch site were Florida and Texas. Yep, and Florida won too in real life.3. the shape of the capsule and there were three people on board. Remember Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins?Verne did see far into the future. And he complemented all of those with wisecracking humor in between. Je vous adore beaucoup, monsieur!Distance is an empty word, distance does not exist! Believe in the power of imagination and let it flow, because you'll never know what the future holds.

  • Antonio
    2018-08-16 13:27

    Reto 12 libros - 12 meses del grupoSangre de tintaAbril - Un libro de mas de cien añosJulio Verne siempre ha sido uno de mis autores favoritos, sus aventuras siempre son entretenidas y, cuando se introduce en el ámbito de la ciencia ficción (tematica que prácticamente creó) siempre se nota lo adelantado que estaba a su tiempo. Acá tenemos uno de sus títulos mas vistosos, donde se plantea como seria un viaje hacia la luna, pero en un tiempo donde no existían los teléfonos, o los automóviles; debo decir que es impresionante que Verne tuviera razón en muchas cosas de como serian los viajes espaciales, sin embargo tambien tiene unos errores que se vuelven algo graciosos dado el conocimiento que tenemos en la actualidad sobre la luna, el espacio y el esfuerzo requerido para el desarrollo de los cohetes, aun así hay que reconocerle mucho al autor por todo lo que concibe sin ser un experto en el tema.Después de leer el libro me di cuenta de que en realidad solo es la primera parte de una historia dado su final, así que digamos que esta es una reseña a medias, de un libro a medias, que no estoy seguro recomendaría, a menos que seas fanático del autor o que estés abierto a reírte un poco del pasado. Próximamente colocare lo que opino de la segunda parte de la historia.

  • Heena Rathore P.
    2018-08-09 15:27

    I'm not a fan of Jules Verne's writing, hence it was a bit difficult for me to complete this book. I'm just glad that somehow I did. Though there was a fair bit of skimming involved (like pages at times.) There are a lot of good things I can say about this book like the entire concept of the Gun Club and the mission to send a projectile to Moon, some really sharp sarcastic observations that made me giggle every time I recalled them later on, a decent story overall and the feel-good factor. But there was the inescapable Verne writing that I have now come to dread that literally haunted me through the entire book, the excruciatingly slow pace of the story progression and the crazy level of Science involved for such a short read. Though the Science bit was actually quite impressive, I did not enjoy it at all. I was hoping to finish this book in a few hours, but it took me more than 3 days to finish it. So you can guess why I gave this book a 2-star rating.I'd recommend this book only to the hardcore fans of author Jules Verne and to no one else.You can also read this review at The Reading Bud.

  • Kim
    2018-07-27 10:31

    "From the Earth to the Moon" is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne. I got thinking as I read this, I wonder if Jules Verne was a stay at home type of person like I am, or if he was always on the go from one place to another. Thinking of his books, the characters certainly didn't seem to stay at home much. In one of them he has his characters walk or hike or whatever to the center of the earth, in another they sail? all over the ocean in a submarine, one man goes around the world in eighty days, or tries to, I can't remember if he makes it or not, and among other trips we are now going to the moon. Or at least we are firing a cannon "ball" at the moon. This is one of the silliest novels I've read in a long time.The story begins shortly after the American Civil War. We have the "Gun Club" which was a society based in Baltimore and dedicated to the design of weapons of all kinds (especially cannons), and the love of weapons of all kinds, and the desire to shoot weapons of all kinds at something, anything apparently. We are first told:"But the point in which the Americans singularly distanced the Europeans was in the science of gunnery. Not, indeed, that their weapons retained a higher degree of perfection than theirs, but that they exhibited unheard-of dimensions, and consequently attained hitherto unheard-of ranges. In point of grazing, plunging, oblique, or enfilading, or point-blank firing, the English, French, and Prussians have nothing to learn; but their cannon, howitzers, and mortars are mere pocket-pistols compared with the formidable engines of the American artillery.This fact need surprise no one. The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers— just as the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians— by right of birth. Nothing is more natural, therefore, than to perceive them applying their audacious ingenuity to the science of gunnery. Witness the marvels of Parrott, Dahlgren, and Rodman. The Armstrong, Palliser, and Beaulieu guns were compelled to bow before their transatlantic rivals.Now when an American has an idea, he directly seeks a second American to share it. If there be three, they elect a president and two secretaries. Given four, they name a keeper of records, and the office is ready for work; five, they convene a general meeting, and the club is fully constituted. So things were managed in Baltimore. The inventor of a new cannon associated himself with the caster and the borer. Thus was formed the nucleus of the "Gun Club." In a single month after its formation it numbered 1,833 effective members and 30,565 corresponding members.""The estimation in which these gentlemen were held, according to one of the most scientific exponents of the Gun Club, was "proportional to the masses of their guns, and in the direct ratio of the square of the distances attained by their projectiles.""Many had found their rest on the field of battle whose names figured in the "Book of Honor" of the Gun Club; and of those who made good their return the greater proportion bore the marks of their indisputable valor. Crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc jaws, silver craniums, platinum noses, were all to be found in the collection; and it was calculated by the great statistician Pitcairn that throughout the Gun Club there was not quite one arm between four persons and two legs between six.""We must also mention the formidable mortar invented by J.T. Maston, a distinguished member and permanent secretary of the Gun Club. It was more lethal than any of the others, for it killed 337 people the first time it was fired, though it is true it did so by bursting."Do you know what I don't like about any club or committee I've ever been a part of, or almost been a part of, or asked to be a part of? Once you form a group and get a whole bunch of people involved it takes at least twice as long to do anything than if you would just have done it yourself. Anyway, this is our Gun Club and the problem arises when the war ends, we are told it was a sad and melancholy day when peace was declared and all the guns stopped shooting. They are all in this very depressing state of mind, meeting at their club but doing nothing, (like most committes I've been on) when they receive this sealed circular from the president of the club:BALTIMORE, October 3. The president of the Gun Club has the honor to inform his colleagues that, at the meeting of the 5th instant, he will bring before them a communication of an extremely interesting nature. He requests, therefore, that they will make it convenient to attend in accordance with the present invitation. Very cordially, IMPEY BARBICANE, P.G.C.When October 5th comes all members who can make it to Baltimore are in attendance when Mr. Barbicane shows up to make his great announcement, which in part is this:"You know," said he, "what progress artillery science has made during the last few years, and what a degree of perfection firearms of every kind have reached. Moreover, you are well aware that, in general terms, the resisting power of cannon and the expansive force of gunpowder are practically unlimited. Well! starting from this principle, I ask myself whether, supposing sufficient apparatus could be obtained constructed upon the conditions of ascertained resistance, it might not be possible to project a shot up to the moon?"At these words a murmur of amazement escaped from a thousand panting chests; then succeeded a moment of perfect silence, resembling that profound stillness which precedes the bursting of a thunderstorm. In point of fact, a thunderstorm did peal forth, but it was the thunder of applause, or cries, and of uproar which made the very hall tremble. The president attempted to speak, but could not. It was fully ten minutes before he could make himself heard."Suffer me to finish," he calmly continued. "I have looked at the question in all its bearings, I have resolutely attacked it, and by incontrovertible calculations I find that a projectile endowed with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards per second, and aimed at the moon, must necessarily reach it. I have the honor, my brave colleagues, to propose a trial of this little experiment."I was amazed that not only did he come up with this extremely strange idea, but that he spent a good bit of time figuring out how to do it. It just doesn't seem like the thing you would think to do once your beloved activity was over. For instance, I have read every Dickens book I can find, most of them more than once, all the novels, all the Christmas books, the travel books, the short stories, everything. Once I finished the last book it never entered my head to go outside on a clear night and throw each and every one of them at Mars. This is what Barbicane's idea seems like to me. However, that's what they're going to do, with a cannon not a book, and it seems like each and every member loves the idea although what the people on the moon, if there are people on the moon, are going to think of getting hit by a cannon "projectile" I'm not sure.After receiving the support of his companions, another meeting is held to decide the place from which the projectile will be fired, the dimensions and materials of both the cannon and the projectile, and which kind of powder they are to use. Oh, there's all kinds of stuff to figure out, like they will need one million six hundred thousand pounds of powder, a half a mile long cannon, six milliards of litres of gas, gun cotton (whatever), because of something or other having to do with latitude the cannon can only be fired from Florida or Texas, and after some fighting between those two states Florida is picked. They raise money for the shooting the moon project from all the countries in the world who think this is a good idea - and there are quite a few - and build a really big cannon. In case you're wondering how big here you go:"On that day Barbicane called together his foremen and addressed them as follows: "You are well aware, my friends, of the object with which I have assembled you together in this wild part of Florida. Our business is to construct a cannon measuring nine feet in its interior diameter, six feet thick, and with a stone revetment of nineteen and a half feet in thickness. We have, therefore, a well of sixty feet in diameter to dig down to a depth of nine hundred feet. This great work must be completed within eight months, so that you have 2,543,400 cubic feet of earth to excavate in 255 days; that is to say, in round numbers, 2,000 cubic feet per day. That which would present no difficulty to a thousand navvies working in open country will be of course more troublesome in a comparatively confined space. However, the thing must be done, and I reckon for its accomplishment upon your courage as much as upon your skill."I found this interesting coming from a French author:"During these eight months Barbicane never quitted Stones Hill for a single instant. Keeping ever close by the work of excavation, he busied himself incessantly with the welfare and health of his workpeople, and was singularly fortunate in warding off the epidemics common to large communities of men, and so disastrous in those regions of the globe which are exposed to the influences of tropical climates.Many workmen, it is true, paid with their lives for the rashness inherent in these dangerous labors; but these mishaps are impossible to be avoided, and they are classed among the details with which the Americans trouble themselves but little. They have in fact more regard for human nature in general than for the individual in particular.Nevertheless, Barbicane professed opposite principles to these, and put them in force at every opportunity. So, thanks to his care, his intelligence, his useful intervention in all difficulties, his prodigious and humane sagacity, the average of accidents did not exceed that of transatlantic countries, noted for their excessive precautions— France, for instance, among others, where they reckon about one accident for every two hundred thousand francs of work."Things are going along wonderfully, when a telegram is received saying this:"FRANCE, PARIS, 30 September, 4 A.M. Barbicane, Tampa Town, Florida, United States.Substitute for your spherical shell a cylindro-conical projectile. I shall go inside. Shall arrive by steamer Atlanta. MICHEL ARDAN"I found it interesting that they would even consider the idea coming from a man no one seemed to have ever heard of before, but he does show up and he does become one of the main characters, although whether anyone actually gets fired at the moon or it remains just a big cannon ball I'm not telling. Go ahead and read the book, it's easy enough reading if you don't pay much attention to all those measuring this and that parts, or perhaps if you understand a thing they are talking about during that section it would be better, I didn't but I still understood the story. It was silly, but not awful.

  • Mahsa Tahmasebi
    2018-08-11 08:32

    وقتی راهنمایی بودم خوندمش، چهار ستاره واسه لذت اون موقع ها

  • Pat
    2018-08-15 09:31

    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.

  • Mike
    2018-08-10 14:35

    The review from afar – No. 25Re-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 surface of the moon. While he got many things wrong (or made his characters assume things about the moon that are false), the surprising thing is how much of the essential calculations that he did and got close, if not right answers to.Geeky aside:As fond and respectful as I am of Verne’s talents and ability to envision things, he wasn’t the only one. Real scientists and mathematicians uncovered facts and natural laws by abstract thinking or thought experiments long before there would be practical applications. Take for example, what is called “the rocket equation”. It was first derived by a British researcher (William Moore) in 1813. (He was working on weapons, but back then solid-fueled (i.e. gunpowder) rockets were all there were – think “Star Spangled Banner”.) It was then independently re-discovered by Tsiolkovsky and published in 1903. It is often referred to as “Tsiolkovsky’s Rocket Equation” instead of the “Ideal Rocket Equation”.Now back to our regularly scheduled review:The project of sending a projectile to the moon begins as a way for a bunch of big gun nuts (that’s the most accurate capsule description possible) to amuse themselves and advance the state of the art now that the US Civil War (or “War Between the States” if you hail from Dixie) is over. The Baltimore Gun Club is the home to these several inventors (some with a limb or two missing from their past activities) who decide to make a really BIG gun and shoot at something really FAR AWAY with un-heard-of precision. So, far it’s a pretty humdrum collection of mild megalomaniacs who want to accomplish something noteworthy. Nothing wrong with some good clean fun.Then, our dear author starts to throw s few nasty curve balls! Rather than having such an important and costly undertaking funded by government, why they design a subscription process where by citizens and governments (if they want) contribute to the private financing of the project. Wow! Verne invented crowd-funding! Who knew?Next, the society determines that to point this massive (and unsteerable after construction) pistol at the moon it must be built at or below a particular latitude. Since they intend to build it within the continental United States there are only two states where this can happen: Texas and Florida. Since it will be a long and powerful boost to the region’s economy, they get both regions into a bidding war with Florida eventually being chosen as the winner. (And Verne rings the bell again, ladies and gentlemen. The Cape Canaveral launch site and it’s more famous part the Kennedy Space Center wouldn’t be sited there for another century or so!)Then it’s down to brass tacks and the careful construction of the gun barrel (which is all done underground) and the propellant (of which there are literally, tons.) Still it’s a pretty mundane story unless you are a chemist, an artillery expert, or a space nut. But this is when the Frenchman (Verne) introduces the Frenchman into the story. With little justification, he turns things upside down and wham, bam; it’s a manned mission to the moon, not just some inanimate object.Well, that’s enough of a taste to entice you to pick up this story and read it for yourself.Four (4.0) Stars that will blast you into the wide blue yonder.You can get this book for free from the Gutenberg Project site.

  • Laini
    2018-08-03 10:17

    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 realised that there was no longer much need for innovation in the field of guns and cannons, decided to put their energies into something quite different, a trip to the moon. Using their experiences with gun powder they put forward the idea of launching a projectile into space with a giant cannon. The novel was written in 1865 and set a few years after that, after the end of the American Civil War, but this novel about man's first voyage to the moon has many parallels with the actual first trip there. Vernes launch site was Tampa Bay, Florida, which is along the same latitude as Cape Canaveral. The shape of the rocket was very similar as was the height weight and speed. It's amazing to think that one man could plan out such an epic voyage which would take another 100 years to materialise. As for the story itself, similar to other Verne novels, it is quite heavy on the science and facts and figures. Even more so in this than in other novels I have read, there is much talk of number and measurements, in fact there are chapters devoted to the size and shape of the projectile in relation to the distance it needed to travel and the force needed to launch it. Despite the fact that I enjoyed it, at times, it was very difficult to read through all of this to try to get to the story behind it.Because of this, I have to admit this is probably my least favourite Verne novel. Probably because of the fact that it is quite short, but most of it is taken up with long drawn out explanations and measurements that I felt there was not quite as much actual story as I would have liked.For any fans of Jules Verne, definitely give it a go, if just to remind yourself of what a marvellous brain this man had to envision so much, but I wouldn't recommend this as starting point for his works, he has written far more interesting stories.

  • Chas Smash
    2018-08-21 08:15

    Julio Verne nunca dejará de sorprenderme. La imaginación de este hombre es infinita.Viajar a la Luna por medio de un proyectil parece imposible pero Verne lo hace verosímil. La lectura va cogiendo forma desde el principio y aunque tiene muchos cálculos no se hace pesado.El final es inesperado aunque creo que apropiado, de otra manera sería difícil continuar.Recomendable.4,25/5

  • Book Concierge
    2018-08-13 11:10

    Once the Civil War has ended the members of the Baltimore Gun Club are without a purpose; they had been busy improving weaponry during the war. Their president, Impey Barbicane, has a compelling idea, however. They will build a giant cannon and send a projectile to the moon!The fourth of the Extraordinary Voyages series, this was first published in 1865. That was 104 years before the USA actually did send a man to the moon, and it’s interesting to read the “science” and compare Verne’s suppositions with what actually happened in 1969. Verne populates the novel with a colorful cast of characters. The members of the Gun Club are mostly veterans, and many had been severely injured on the battlefield: “Pitcairn calculated that in the Gun club there was not quite one arm for every four men, and only one leg for every three.” But these men are hardly disabled; they have the courage of their convictions and nothing will deter them from achieving their goals. There’s a great deal of humor in the interactions between the characters, as they argue among themselves what properties the cannon and projectile will have and where and when the launch will take place. It was an enjoyable adventure tale, though I admit to skimming over much of the scientific calculations. It’s easy to see why these Extraordinary Voyages have remained popular for over a century.

  • Huda Aweys
    2018-08-17 13:30

    قبل رحلة (نيل أرمسترونج) إلى القمر بأكثر من مائة عام ، كتب جول فيرن روايته هذي .. معتمدا في بنائها على مسألة علمية دقيقة : هي فكرة (إنعدام الوزن) الفكرة التي أتى بها من وحي خياله .. العلمي :) ..، ليتناولها العلماء بجدية فيما بعد وتصبح واحدة من أهم أسس علوم السفر إلى الفضاء ..وإحدى الدلالات القوية على مدى فاعلية .. وقوة (التخيل) .. خصوصا .. العلمي منه :)

  • Clara
    2018-07-23 09:17

    I tend to like Verne's books, but I had a hard time with this one. As always, I love to read how much this man knew, his theories and what it was believed at the time. But I found this book boring, the characters weren't compelling and I had to push myself to finish it.Me suelen gustar los libros de Verne, pero me resultó difícil leer este. Como siempre, me encanta leer cuanto sabía este hombre, sus teorías y lo que se creía en esa época. Pero encontré este libro aburrido, los personajes no eran interesantes y me tuve que esforzar para terminarlo.

  • Shuart24
    2018-07-29 11:33

    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 application for their knowledge. So, they begin an endeavor to construct a cannon capable of launching a shell to the moon. Along the way we get a glimpse of what sort of society would embark on such a project.At times, this book plays with satire. Some of his speculations are so ridiculous and at the same time so accurate that I had to cringe. Naturally, he assumes that the Americans will achieve this goal (+1 for Verne). However we do so for the sake of our own egos. The Americans talk about scientific discoveries, but that is not their true goal. Verne writes, “As for the Yankees, they had no other ambition than to take possession of this new continent of the sky, and to plant upon the summit of its highest elevation the Star-Spangled Banner of the United States of America.” Yeah… (+2 for Verne)The early chapters deal with the science and mechanics of reaching the moon, which honestly did not interest me very much. I have no doubt that the fancies of the original readers were tickled by this speculation but it’s terribly dated now. Although considering the time some of the measurements are surprisingly accurate. I found myself skipping through pages and pages of calculations to read the fun human-centric writing.The competition between Texas and Florida to be the site of the cannon is hilarious. Eventually though it is decided that Tampa Town in Florida would become the home of the behemoth. (Kennedy Space Center is located on Cape Canaveral but close enough, +3 for Verne) Funding is sought from foreign entities. Russia being highly interested in scientific advancements donates the most to the U.S. -snort, yeah right!- (-1 from Verne) Switzerland just doesn’t see the practical side to this and how it will advance relations and England, bitter and jealous, doesn’t donate anything to the cause.In the end, three men volunteer to be launched within a conical shell (+4 for Verne) towards the moon. President Barbicane of the Gun Club, Frenchman and poet, Michel Ardan, and rival and skeptic, Captain Nicholl. It is heavily implied that the venture is doomed to failure. There is no air on the moon after all. Verne implies that such a mission is crazy, the domain of lunatics. Yet, the adventurer and dreamer in all of us remain enthralled. Even the most skeptical of us can’t help but join.

  • Josef Del Processo
    2018-08-22 07:21

    EVVIVA I SOGNI!Ecco un altro libro che mi porta indietro nel tempo, a quando giovinetto lanciavo i miei primi razzi artigianali in alto nel cielo (beh non proprio in alto in alto...) con propellente indebitamente sottratto nel ripostiglio dei detersivi della mia genitrice o delle vernici del suo coniuge. Avevo predisposto una piazzola accuratamente ripulita dalle erbe di campagna onde limitare il rischio di incendi, ma disgraziatamente troppo vicina a un grandissimo, vetusto albero di ciliegio che più di una volta intercettò l'audace lancio. Assai spesso, devo dire, il lancio abortiva ben prima di raggiungere i rami, schizzando pericolosamente a destra o a manca oppure ribaltandosi penosamente senza sollevarsi da terra neppure di un centimetro. però che soddisfazione invece quelle poche volte che, ogni componente ben assestato, la miscela azzeccata di propellente, che soddisfazione quando un sibilo prolungato accompagnava la traiettoria verticale, senza sbalzi o virate impreviste o tentennamenti di sorta del mio piccolo gioiello. E allora pensavo che lo zio, aveva un bel contestare lo zio il mio eccessivo utilizzo di nastro adesivo nella costruzione dei miei prototipini (intendiamoci, aveva ragione lui), io volavo davvero, e un giorno avrei oltrepassato la ionosfera!

  • JHoon
    2018-08-08 07:32

    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 "preparation" for going to the moon. As there was no modern technology such as telecommunication or electronic device, this ambitious space project is fairly classical. However, if you are a careful reader, you can find that this project looks really similar to the Apollo 11 project although the quality is different. As many novels of Verne's are, this novel does not have a simple absurd idea but a technological, somehow classical idea and descriptions. Classical Moods came from his literariness, which was covered with scientific knowledge. His almost accurate predictions were based on intelligent observations and imaginations. Jules Verne was truly someone who was ahead of his age.

  • Noha Basiouny
    2018-07-31 08:36

    عجبتني أكتر من رواية جورج ويلز ، أي نعم المقارنة ما بينهم غير مجدية لأن الرواية دي محورها رحلة الوصول لسطح القمر (علي الرغم من أنهم ماوصلوش القمر أصلا ، دول عدوا من جنبه بس!) بس الكيفية نفسها عجبتني أكتر ، أما رواية ويلز بتحكي أكتر عن حياة المخلوقات القمرية فوق القمر مش عن الرحلة.

  • EscudrinandoLibros
    2018-08-21 15:29

    Bueno estaba dudosa se ponerle las 4 estrellas pero al final debo admitir que se lo merece. ¡Ese final me hizo llorar

  • Alec Glazier
    2018-08-04 11:25

    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 it doesn't follow a standard plot line, this plot line happens to be more eccentric than others. There was a strong explanation of the characters in the book, which helped me understand their actions. For example, in Chapter IV- Part II "A Little Algebra," Barbicane teaches the math of the "slingshot," informally the pulling in of the moon's gravity to Michel Ardan, a Frenchman onboard the rocket who has experience with a plentiful amount of astronomy. Other characters such as J.T. Matson and Nicholl, play rather different roles in the book. For example, Nicholl is the one who keeps track of the process of building the rocket. All of the characters are members of The Gun Club, a group in Baltimore who come up with this idea. One cool part in the book, is when the United States receives all of this money lots of countries for the rocket. There ends up being a sum over six million dollars! Most of all, there is a great site at the launching and when the four members of The Gun Club are in space. Outstanding job Jules Verne you have astounded me with another one of your masterpieces!

  • Ian
    2018-07-30 11:06

    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 chapter wondering what's become of them, then it ends. Apparently there's a sequel that some editions bundle together with this book, and I can see why. On it's own, it's very half done.There are some charming details. For example, they launch from southern Florida, which at the time was a large swamp with forts to guard against the indians. Also, when packing their capsule for provisions, they load up 50 gallons of brandy, because that's how a gentleman spaceman travels. It's also highly romanticized, which is either charming or cheesy. For example, when the great gun is about to fire, every American (a whole five million!) start singing Yankee Doodle. Oh, and he LOVES Americans. They can accomplish anything, don't know the meaning of the word "impossible", are all highly learned, and despise royalty in all its forms. It's like if de Tocqueville wrote a Sci Fi novel. it was a fun romp while it lasted. It doesn't have the pastiche nostalgia of steampunk, or the fanciful handwaving of modern Sci Fi. It's a science-minded man publicly exploring something that to him seems very plausible. Even if he was wrong, I can't fault him for trying.

  • Elliot A
    2018-07-27 11:24

    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 infused into this narration.The writing is simple, yet detailed. The author explains scientific processes and phenomena clearly without sounding condescending. Since it focuses mostly on the mechanics of planning a journey into space, the story is more focused on the narration and less so on the development of the various characters, although each character introduced has a very clear and distinct role and personality that matches the story as a whole precisely.Generally speaking, the entire story, which only spans 136 pages, feels like a prologue to the actual adventure of the sequel "Round the Moon" and makes it impossible to read this story without its continuation.I certainly recommend it to anyone, who enjoys science fiction, its humble beginnings in the 1800's, fantastic plots and out of this world adventures.

  • Dridge
    2018-07-30 15:35

    SPOILERS AHEADLet me tell you shortly why this is one of the worst „classics“ I have ever encountered: It reads like the 19th century equivalent of playing a boring management/tycoon-video game on the computer. Because, and I’m not kidding, this whole book is only about PLANNING a travel from the earth to the moon! Thus, there isn’t any conflict at all, since it always goes like this: „Oh, so what exactly do we know about the moon?“ Chapter 5, there you go, boring facts about the moon. „Oh boy, how much and what type of gun powder do we need?“ Let’s discuss this (and only this!) in chapter 9. „Where should we launch the rocket?“ Chapter 11, go girl! - I could go on and on in this manner. Yes, there are characters in this book (5, only 5 - again, I’m not exaggerating!), but let’s rather call them „persons“, since there is nothing whatsoever psychologically going on in this book. It is just a boring, steamy mess.And the worst: The whole story finishes when the rocket to the moon is launched, just when other writers would start! Jules Verne, biggest troll in history. I read it in French (which I’m very proud of), but be assured, this is not the only reason why it took me so long to read this awkwardly short „novel“. What a waste of time.

  • Squire
    2018-08-10 10:22

    A group of former Civil War artillerymen, artillery manufacturers and war profiteers trying to cope with life during peacetime, decide to shoot an artillery shell to the moon in the name of The United States.Delightfully imaginative and amusing satire on American largesse and narcissism seems as relevant today as it may have been in 1865. This story deals more with the preparations of The Gun Club to make the shot and the psuedoscience behind their preparations than the actual act, but the tone is perfect and the humor is accessible. My favorite bit was (view spoiler)[ J. T. Maston's (artillery manufacturer and war profiteer) thought about going to war with Mexico in order to secure the most beneficial location from which to shoot the moon, to demonstate their patriotism. But a location in south Florida was ultimately settled upon(hide spoiler)]. As Jean Jules-Verne, the great grandson of the author, points out in his introduction, many of the events of this book have proved spookily accurate.The collage illustrations by Robert Shore in the edition deserve special mention as they bring the tone and humor of the work to vivid life.

  • Hal
    2018-08-19 08:28

    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. That being said, he seems to have done his homework as far as figures and numbers for the distances, mass of explosives, etc. Apparently Verne was not an inventor or innovator of sorts, but merely popularized ideas that were known at the time. For putting these ideas together so well into trip outside of the boundaries of what people thought possible, he deserves a pat on the back.

  • Beth Robinson
    2018-08-16 13:24

    I was expecting action. What I got was a plot wrapped around the science of the day. This isn't a bad thing. It was just unexpected. When I read more about this series - that the actual point and intent was to outline modern science, then that made complete sense. There were definitely still a handful of larger than life characters, big personalities in a way that somewhat reminded me of the legends of Theodore Roosevelt. There was no character development, but it was a story in a sense of a great deed accomplished and I liked it.One other thing I found interesting as I read it was that a French national wrote a story in which it was the Americans who were accomplishing an engineering marvel, although part way through Verne adds in a Frenchman who brought a crazy amount of inspiration and dream to the project, and then I was even more amused.