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The Underground City

Jules Verne

Book Overview: 

Covering a time span of over ten years, this novel follows the fortunes of the mining community of Aberfoyle near Stirling, Scotland. Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine, thought to have been mined out ten years earlier. Starr finds mine overman Simon Ford and his family living in a cottage deep inside the mine; he is astonished to find that Ford has made a discovery of the presence of a large vein of coal. Accompanying Simon Ford are his wife, Madge, and adult son, Harry.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Simon, we shall see that!" said the engineer, to whom the announcement of a good breakfast could not be indifferent, after his long walk.

"Are you hungry, Mr. Starr?"

"Ravenously hungry. My journey has given me an appetite. I came through horrible weather."

"Ah, it is raining up there," responded Simon Ford.

"Yes, Simon, and the waters of the Forth are as rough as the sea."

"Well, Mr. Starr, here it never rains. But I needn't describe to you all the advantages, which you know as well as myself. Here we are at the cottage. That is the chief thing, and I again say you are welcome, sir."

Simon Ford, followed by Harry, ushered their guest into the dwelling. James Starr found himself in a large room lighted by numerous lamps, one hanging from the colored beams of the roof.

"The soup is ready, wife," said Ford, "and it mustn't be kept waiting any more than Mr. Starr. He is as hungry as a miner, and he. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Verne wrote some fantastic pieces of fiction, but this is just an above average adventure/love story about people living in a coal mine. It is very interesting with an eye toward how coal used to be mined, and the book is a fun read. Just not something to write home about.

Although it spends most of its time in a coal mine, this quaint little adventure story doesn't offer much depth. All of the characters are static and direct, and the main thrust of the plot is resolved almost by chance.

From a sustainability perspective, the story is rather ironic, as it glorifies...more

Someone should really rewrite this book as a fairy story with no pretensions to representing real mining in 19th century Scotland. Nell, the child of the caverns, who has never seen the light of day evokes ancient stories of human children raised in underground kingdoms, and supernatural children...more

Un roman d'aventure qui, contrairement à ce que le titre pourrait laisser croire, nous emmène dans les profondeurs des mines écossaises.

Jules Verne manages to create unique worlds and stories. This one could have been much longer and more detailed, I would have loved to learn more about the characters and the city under the earth.

La historia tiene lugar en aquel mundo subterráneo que tanto despertó la imaginación de Julio Verne, el subsuelo. Indias negras es el nombre que los británicos le daban a las minas de carbón o hulla, un elemento indispensable en plena era industrial del siglo XIX. Es allí donde Verne imagina esta...more

Not quite what I was expecting from the title and Verne’s usual imagination, but still an “extraordinary” journey and a great mystery.

I was expecting a more "supernatural" story like Journey to the Center of the Earth, but this was an OK read for a quick book.

Les Indes noires = The Black Indies = The Child of the Cavern = Strange Doings Underground = Black Diamonds = The Underground City (Extraordinary Voyages #16), Jules Verne
Les Indes noires is a novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in March and April 1877.

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