They are mindless books which people read because they don't really want to think about what they are reading. Further, many have turned away from reading and simply rely on television to the point that some will proudly say that they have never read a book in their life. Verne's Paris is not necessarily like the Paris of today, and the French still seem to put pride in their movies, however it is difficult to say whether they still read books I was only in Paris for 2 days, though they seem to , nor can I tell whether it is just pulp that they are reading I can't speak or read French - yet.
While the technical manuals that Verne prophesies as being the only books read in his future, and to an extent this is true of today since the only books many people read are technical manuals, if they chose to read it as opposed to simply putting the items together as is.
View all 8 comments. May 09, Lydia Presley rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , , scifi. 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.
Paris in the Twentieth Century is a science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The book presents Paris in August , 97 years in Verne's future, where society. Paris in the Twentieth Century: Jules Verne, The Lost Novel Paperback – October 21, In Jules Verne, famed author of 20, Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth, wrote a novel that his literary agent deemed too far fetched to be published.
The overflow of information, not only on technological advancements, but Parisian names and places set my head spinning at times. But, I have so much I want to talk about when it comes to this book I don't even know where to begin. But, like I do with all of his books, I just let the information flow through and - for the sake of my sanity - do not worry about keeping a grasp on it. Paris in the Twentieth Century is the story of Michele, a teenage boy who wishes to be a poet. Jules Verne depicts Paris as a place where art has fallen in favor of science and math.
The classics are lost, poets are shunned, musicians are encouraged to write pieces that sound as if you are sitting on a piano keyboard fascinating in itself to me because.. Michele is a long-haired hippy - he struggles living in a home with no imagination bankers and longs for a girl he cannot hope to support as a starving artist.
The real marvel of this book is Verne's description of what was to come in the 20th Century. He wrote this book in and his publisher rejected it as being too radical. His great-grandson found the book in the 90's and submitted it to be published. Reading the book now, as a historical novel, it's a wonder to me that he stopped at because what he was describing could easily apply to today. Verne speaks of machines that transmit via telephony entire facsimile's of pages. He speaks of huge department stores, streets lit up as brightly as the son, hotels that can lodge thousands of people.
He speaks of train systems prominent in cities today, he envisioned The Eiffel Tower, only as a brightly light lighthouse standing high in Paris the tower was built - - more than twenty years after Verne wrote this book.
He even describes a large ledger detailing the banks calculations and sums that stands high and broadcasts them to the bank. But Verne does not stop at technology. He describes our apathy toward one another, our rush to get things done instead of slowing down to enjoy life.
He talks about what little appreciation we have for the wonders around us and tells a tragic story of what life will be like should we lose all that gives us pleasure, art, music, poetry included in these losses. This book was not a huge investment of time. It's barely pages long. The chapters are short and manageable.
Even if you are not a science fiction fan, I encourage you to check it out and to hopefully experience the feeling of wonder I felt as I read about things predicted by a man who must have been a real thrill to speak to. View 1 comment. Mar 08, Ed Erwin rated it it was ok Shelves: sf-francaise , sf , dystopia. Verne is known for stories of adventure. There is absolutely no adventure here.
Just descriptions of 's Paris as imagined by Verne in 's. Written before he became popular, and not published in his lifetime. Many call this work pessimistic. I'd call it curmudgeonly. Though he was young when writing, it feels like something an old man would write complaining about how nobody reads the classics anymore and music and culture are all going downhill. He has the main character walk Disappointing.
He has the main character walk through a collection of books as an excuse to list all the great French authors who aren't read anymore. Then listen to a guy playing on piano as an excuse to list all the great French music nobody listens to anymore. Then work briefly in a theater as an excuse to mention all the great French play-writers that have fallen from favor.
Then walk through a cemetery to mention all the dead French people he hadn't had a chance to mention yet. Seriously, not so much a story as it is list after list of names! Verne seems to be extrapolating from his difficulty finding a way to make a living in the arts by imaging a future where the only arts that people care about are about science and machines. Interesting that he himself later became famous for writing about science and machines! I did enjoy the chapter on music. Verne extrapolates from Wagner and Richard Strauss to imagine that the music of 's would sound like random sounds thrown together without regard for harmony.
For "serious" music of the 's, that isn't too far wrong! Other "predictions" are the usual odd mixture of prescient and way-off-base. Apparently the city center would be given over to business and government while people move to one-room apartments in high-rises around the city. True enough. Apparently financial ties between nations was going to prevent war, at least in Europe in the 20th century. 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 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".
Unlike all of the other books with scientific developments nearly unimaginable in the mid 19th century, when he wrote about them, this takes a very grim and pessimistic view of what technological advancements would create in the world. In fact, after reading this, I began reconsidering what I thought I knew about his other works and the way I read them.
It is true that in his latter stories he began to have a grimmer outlook towards technology and science, but still I always thought that was due to old age and disappointment I never gave much notice to the slight touches of irony or hints of scorn that punctuated his scientific, more optimistic, books but now that I think of it It is, strangely a bit too melodramatic for Verne and, to be honest, I can't quite criticise the editor for refusing this novel, but when seen in hindsight it is an absolutely amazing work of scientific speculation.
Nearly all of his visions of the 20th century became true in one way or another, and we could argue that a pessimistic person living in our day and age might very well say that he also predicted most of the social consequences of the way technology developed. If only he had been right about war, though But still, for all it does and all it sees, "Paris In The XX Century" has to be one of the most amazing works of Verne, even though, arguably, not one of the best plotted. View all 3 comments. Sep 09, Toby rated it it was ok Shelves: translation , sci-fi. 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 year old dry science fiction.
click 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 but beyond th 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 year old dry science fiction.
I found it incredible that Verne could be so prescient back in but beyond that I was quite bored. May 06, Gregg Wingo rated it it was amazing. 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 s 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 I first read Jules Verne as a twelve year old and it was one of my first introductions to science fiction. However, Verne was not limited solely by his English language publishers by also by his long-term French editor and publisher who refused to publish "Paris in the Twentieth Century" due to its dystopian perspective. It was not until the manuscript's discovery, publication, and, English translation in the mids that we would have access to his vision.
Written in and set in the s the novel speaks strongly to our Postmodernity, a world where Modernism and Capitalism dominate over the Arts and the Humanities: "'How are the humanities going? It's a turpe decadence! Soon they'll be getting rid of us, and with good reason. Verne also anticipates globalization and the French fear that this will equal Americanization of society and its members: "'The caressing manner of the Parsienne, her alluring figure, her witty and tender glances, her firm yet precise embonpoint soon gave way to certain long, lean, skinny, arid, fleshless, emaciated forms, to a mechanical, methodical, puritanical unconcern.
The waist flattened, the glance austerified, the joints stiffened; a stiff hard nose lowered over narrowed lips; the stride grew longer; the Angel of Geometry, formerly so lavish with his most alluring curves, delivered woman up to all the rigors of straight lines and acute angles.
The Frenchwoman has become Americanized; she speaks seriously about serious matters. It is as though our quest for equality has left us with two desert extremes and a glittering wasteland in between, a global nightmare like Dubai in our personal relationships. Overall, Verne leaves us with a haunting vision of a world we have been wandering lost in for the last half-century.
Read it for the reverberations it will generate within. Oct 14, Roger Burk rated it really liked it. Verne wrote this science fiction novel of the future early in his career, but was told it could not sell so it lay hidden for over years. Verne foresees a future of technological progress in which art and literature have almost died and bourgeois entrepreneurship and business have taken over society.
Strangely for the ur-scifi writer, he disdains all the progress is science and engineering, focusing on the cultural loss.