We'd heard about Journey to the Center of the Earth many times, what with the multiple movies and, of course, the ride at Tokyo DisneySea. The ride was actually my first real encounter with anything that may or may not be related to the content of the novel (Athena read a comic based on it many years ago), and since it is one of the best Disney rides we've been on, we have been interested in seeing how closely it resembles the book. And now here was the book right in front of us, the very next thing on our to-read list. We might have still saved it for another time, because Jules Verne is pretty wordy, so it takes a little extra energy to read (possibly also because we're reading it in translation), but I was looking at the table of contents of this collection and found out that there's another book, much later on, called The Mysterious Island. And Mysterious Island is the name of Jules Verne Land at DisneySea, so of course we want to find out more about that.
So we figured if we wanted to make any progress at all in this volume of 20 thousand pages (one for each league under the sea...), we'd better get back to it. And oh my gosh, you guys, this book is great. It starts out with this super eccentric scientist finding an original manuscript by an ancient Icelandic writer, and his nephew's all, "A German translation?" (it starts out in Germany), and the scientist is all, "A translation! What business do I have with a translation!" and we were like, "You're our kind of guy!" ...Except that here we were, reading a book in translation. Ha, ha, ha. We just don't have time to learn all the languages! Maybe we'd learn them faster if we'd read the books in the original language... Hmmm...
Anyway, we're excited to read more of it, but now it's time to go to bed, and then get back to our work...in translation. Because much as we think the original language is generally the best thing to read something in, we would be out of a job if everybody knew all the languages.
Today I'm thankful for translators, getting to read Five Weeks in a Balloon, getting to start A Journey to the Center of the Earth, having another lovely sacrament meeting with our friends, and our friends being kind enough to treat us to lunch (by sharing their pantry; we had peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and we discovered the interesting food texture that comes when Cadbury Creme Eggs go hard).