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    DescriptionTHE LITERARY DISCOVERY OF THE CENTURY In 1863 Jules Verne, famed author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days, wrote a novel that his literary agent deemed too farfetched to be published. More than one hundred years later, his great-grandson found the handwritten, never-before published manuscript in a safe. That manuscript was Paris in the Twentieth Century, an astonishingly prophetic view into the future by one of the most renowned science fiction writers of our time . . .


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    Title
    Paris in the Twentieth Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jules Verne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 222
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345420398
    ISBN 10: 034542039X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BIC subject category V2: FLC
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T General Subject: 720
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    DC21: 843.8
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 843/.8
    LC classification: PQ2469.P27 E5 1997B
    BISAC V2.8: FIC028000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FLC
    Edition
    1, New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Del Rey Books
    Publication date
    01 December 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review text
    Verne's recently discovered first novel, written over 125 years ago and now smoothly translated from its French edition by the poet Richard Howard. Verne's editor rejected the manuscript in 1863 for its "unrealistic" view of the future, though, as it turns out, Verne's grim predictions are chillingly exact. A better reason to reject his novel would have been that Verne had not yet learned to portray believable characters. Not that he'd ever be very good at it, but his young hero here, Michel Dufrenoy, is little more than a prop to be shuttled about various neighborhoods of Paris in 1960, as imagined from the perspective of 1860. Michel has two male friends and a girlfriend, none of them memorable. Michel's artistic, more-or-less blacklisted uncle is, however, quite so, but only because Verne uses him as a mouthpiece to explain what happened in the 19th and early 20th centuries to bring about a dystopian Paris. In any case, Verne's predictions, as always, surpass any other writer's in their precision: ". . . the study of belles lettres and of ancient languages (including French) was at this time virtually obsolete . . . some classes in literature were still taught, though these were sparsely attended." FAX machines, computers, automobiles, and high-speed trains are all clearly described, as are a number of devices that boggle the mind in their complexity but have yet to be invented. Remarkably, Verne's 20th-century Paris rarely seems dated. This may be because Verne was uncannily correct in his major predictions, that the future would be dominated by corporations and that technology would be the dominant god. Nothing impractical or unprofitable can exist in this world, and, in the end, people are no more than fragile machines expected to serve without question the corporate deities. Hardly H.G. Wells, or even Verne at his best, but, still, quite a welcome - and startling - curiosity. (Kirkus Reviews)
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    THE LITERARY DISCOVERY OF THE CENTURY In 1863 Jules Verne, famed author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days, wrote a novel that his literary agent deemed too farfetched to be published. More than one hundred years later, his great-grandson found the handwritten, never-before published manuscript in a safe. That manuscript was Paris in the Twentieth Century, an astonishingly prophetic view into the future by one of the most renowned science fiction writers of our time . . .