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~FREE PDF ⚔ De la Terre à la Lune ♌ Verne STale 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 ApolloCommand Module Was Named Columbia ApolloHad 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 Or Less The Same Place Coincidence Or Fact We Say You Ll Have To Read This Story Yourself To Judge 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 Balti 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. 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 With From 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. 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 Balti 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. 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 methan 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. 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,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. 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. From the Earth to the Moonis 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 Balti 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 toldBut 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 isnatural, 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 Balti 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 waslethal 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 Balti are in attendance when Mr Barbicane shows up to make his great announcement, which in part is thisYou 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 themthan 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 goOn 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 coursetroublesome 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 authorDuring 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 factregard 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 thisFRANCE, 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. De la Terre la Lune From the Earth to the Moon Extraordinary Voyages 4 , Jules Verne From the Earth to the Moon is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne It tells the story of the Balti Gun Club, a post American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous Columbiad space gun and launch three people the Gun Club s president, his Philadelphian armor making rival, and a French poet in a projectile with the goal of a Moon landing The story is also notable in that Verne attempted to do some rough calculations as to the requirements for the cannon and in that, considering the comparative lack of empirical data on the subject at the time, some of his figures are remarkably accurate However, his scenario turned out to be impractical for safe manned space travel since a much longer barrel would have been required to reach escape velocity while limiting acceleration to survivable limits for the passengers The character of Michel Ardan, the French member of the party in the novel, was inspired by the real life photographer F lix Nadar 1970 1337 136 19 1340 309 1387 280 9789644459023 1393 1362 111 1369 280 1363 112 1363 213 9646282156 1370 128 1375 112 1376 123 1380 1381 1384 9648209181 1370 157 1393 210 9786007443941 18651865