Mark posted a review at 2008-07-24 12:13:07.
It's a classic, and it's also a good illustration of the sensibility of the time, the rationalist view that the world can be planned and engineered for humanity's purposes. Granted there are wrinkles aplenty caused by the clash of West and East (entering a holy place with shoes on, burning widows, opium dens, etc.), but it's always clear who will triumph. Verne is generous enough to include a hint throughout of how the twist at the end will be resolved. Not one to put at the top of the reading list, but definitely one that fits easily on the "good books" list.