Jules Verne was born in 1828 in Prance. Young Jules
was interested in machinery, sailing and writing. Together
with his brother Paul, he explored the river near their home in
an old sailboat.
Jules' father was a lawyer and he wanted his son to
continue his career. So Jules was sent to Paris to study law.
Jules, however, decided soon that his main interest was writing.
He joined the club of scientific writers. This group was
interested in balloons so Jules soon wrote an adventure story
called "Five Weeks in a Balloon". His favourite subject at
school was geography, so he wanted to describe in his books
as many parts of the world as possible.
Jules Verne's books are still popular now because they are
good adventure stories. But in his books Verne also forecast
many inventions that we have now. He believed that someday
people would have airplanes, submarines, television, derigibles
and powerful weapons.
His most popular books are "Twenty Thousand Leagues
under the Sea" and "Around the World in Eighty Days".
Verne had a notebook where he wrote every idea or bit of
information he came across that might be useful for his books.
In his study he had a large map of the world with all routes of
his heroes marked on it.
During his life, Jules Verne had written more then 50
books. He died at the age of 77.
1. Where and when was Jules Verne born?
2. What was young Jules interested in?
3. Whom did his father want him to be?
4. What modern inventions did Jules Verne forecast?
а. What his books did you read?
б. What helped him in his writings?
7. How many books did he write?
machinery — техника
sailing — хождение под парусом
to explore — исследовать
balloon — воздушный шар
idventure — приключение
to describe — описывать
invention — изобретение
to forecast — предсказывать
submarine — подводная лодка
derigible — дирижабль
weapon — оружие
to come across — наталкиваться
study — кабинет
route — маршрут