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Virtually every page is crowded with evidence of Verne's ability to forecast the science and life of the future, from feminism to the rise of illegitimate births, from email to burglar alarms, from the growth of suburbs to mass-produced higher education, including the dissolution of humanities departments. Perhaps Verne's most amusing error was in anticipating that the government would conduct itself in such a businesslike way as to show a dividend.
He also disapproved of the pessimistic, dystopian tone of the novel, believing that it would not attract readers and might potentially destroy Verne's promising career after the publication of his first scientific adventure and popular success, Cinq Semaines en ballon [ Five Weeks in a Balloon ]. As a result of the rejection, Verne not only locked away Paris in the Twentieth Century for the remainder of his life, but avoided fiction with a futuristic setting. Instead, he wrote of advanced technology in his own time, a pattern that gives his writing today the unique quality of science fiction set in the past.
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Even Paris in the Twentieth Century displays this same propensity: Perhaps Verne himself was equally uncertain about setting a novel in the future, considering how easily he was dissuaded from the idea. Certainly at this early stage in his career, he did not want to endanger the commercial success offered by his association with Hetzel. However, not all of Hetzel's judgments were so questionable.
He also recognized that from the standpoint of the requirements of novel, Paris in the Twentieth Century was structurally weak, particularly in the narrative elements Hetzel believed were so necessary in speculative fiction. While characterization was seldom Verne's strength as a writer, usually the fault was obscured by the context of the story, with an adventurous, scientific, fantastic, or comedic setting. In Paris in the Twentieth Century Verne centers his narrative, for the only time, on self-consciously artistic characters--and the results are noticeably neither credible nor intriguing.
Hetzel's stroke of genius was in urging Verne to wed science fiction with the plot formula of an adventure story, a marriage that dominated the genre into modern times. For instance, Five Weeks in a Balloon told not only of a new aerial navigation device, but its use in a voyage of discovery across Africa. The other work-in-progress which Hetzel accepted at the time, called Voyages et aventures du Capitaine Hatteras [ Journeys and Adventures of Captain Hatteras ], an imaginary account of the first trip to the North Pole, also fit the generic melding that Hetzel sought.
Paris in the Twentieth Century was not the only early Verne work rejected by Hetzel because it did not fit the genre he was hoping to establish for a series of "Voyages Extraordinaires. Backwards to Britain is a dry, mundane travelogue, without the combination of an adventurous plotline that would make such later Verne works as Le Tour du monde en 80 jours [ Around the World in 80 Days ] into enduring classics.
Paris in the Twentieth Century will most disappoint readers because its plot is thin and lacks substance.
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The story consists largely of loosely related episodes, in almost a drawing room style, constructed to facilitate a catalog of prophecies about life in the metropolis of the s. Perhaps some of the intrinsic weakness in the plot might have been diminished had Verne proceeded with the sort of extensive final rewriting that he always gave his published works.
The minimalist quality of Verne's storyline may also be regarded as another aspect of its prophetic view. In contrast to the 19th-century style that dominated most of his writing, Verne presents here a more modernist narrative, concentrating on a veritable free-flow of minimally-motivated events that befall the hero. In rejecting Paris in the Twentieth Century , Hetzel advised Verne to try a futuristic theme again when he had reached greater maturity as a writer.
However, all of the tales of this type that Verne would eventually produce were short stories and novelettes, where the length could conceal the flimsy plot in a way that the longer novel form in Paris in the Twentieth Century had highlighted, to its own detriment. Anne of the Island. The Song Celestial or Bhagavad-Gita: The Law and the Lady. Complete Works Golden Deer Classics.
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Ouvrage couronne par l'Academie francaise. Bibliotheque d'Education et de Recreation, n. Bound in half leather with marbled boards and endpapers. Some water stains on the corners of some pages. Cinq semaines en ballon Verne Jules A B Z collection Cerise Verte,