Notes on the translation: This pre-1922 (and thus public domain) English edition of Jules Verne's De la Terre à la Lune is not a terribly good translation of Verne's original work. The central story line comes through, but much of the humour, interplay among characters, amusing dialogue, philosophical subtexts, and the flavour of Verne's writing style is attenuated. If your French is not up to reading the original edition on this server, and you'd like to better understand this work in depth, I recommend the contemporary translation, The Annotated Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon, translated and annotated by Walter James Miller, ISBN 0-517-14833-1. Even if you've read De la Terre à la Lune in the original French, you'll still learn a good deal about the 19th century social and literary context of the work from The Annotated Jules Verne edition.
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