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From the Earth to the Moon


De la terre à la lune

First published in 1865.

This version translated from the French in 1874 by Louis Mercier, M. A., (Oxon,) and Eleanor E. King

Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts, Jules Verne's prophetic novel of man's race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen.

When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane's adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a "manned" flight, one man's dream turns into an international space race.

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I am currently reading the book in french. It is hard to understand because it was written over 100 years ago and the language has changed alot. Luckly, this site can help me (because the chapters are in english) whenever i have a problem

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This book is amazing... How over a hundred years ago, Jules Verne had the idea of writing a story about building a rocket to the moon. Even though his rocket / gun object with the cannister would never actually work, it is kind of neat that so long ago people had ideas of rockets.

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