Just fantastic. I began to read it several months before I got past the first page, and I confess, initially, I wouldn't have believed my reaction by the end.
It is very dull at first--the analytical writing style did very little for the general interest. By the time one's eyes pass the words, "That beast is made of sheet-iron" the book exponentially picks up. Verne did his research, and it is interspersed with the most amazing digressions about marine fauna and flora. . . Which do drag the story, but the weave of pathos, wonder, and adventure makes it unforgettable.
no no no, he was not a mad, or crazy- why do people always seem interpret this incorrectly. he was more sane than the society he came from. he was genius, who had been hurt by the death of his family, killed by elitist war profiteers- exactly as things are today!. furthermore- the name nemo- is "omen" backwards...
Verne would have had knowledge of such craft. not that they existed but that the technology would soon be real. (the first true sub was not long invented after this book).
also- Nemo escaped tyranny, and the control of man.which is going on even more today.
he was genius and had found a way out. but knowledge - as is the point of this story (technology) is a double edged sword that we are to be aware of.
I state; Mans technology has now surpassed his ability to use it responsibly.
" Think of it: On the surface, there is hunger and fear. Men still exercise unjust laws. They fight and tear one another to pieces. A mere few feet beneath the waves, their reign ceases, their evil drowns. Here on the ocean floor is the only independence. Here, I am free. Imagine what would happen if they controlled machines such as this submarine boat. Far better that they think there's a monster and hunt me with harpoons..."
"There is hope for the future. When the world is ready for a new and better life, all this will someday come to pass... in God's good time."
this last line would apply even today. since the society has degenerated- or is in retrograde.
This is one of the weirdest books I've read. I don't get Captain Nemo-all I got from him was a severe hatred to the world. The book ends tragically.
One of the most intelligent and interesting villains in literature. Though he is clearly insane I felt true sympathy for him. I wished I could have been there under the sea experiencing for the first time what we now take for granted: Life under the ocean and atomic powered submarines.
I love this book! a great work of science fiction that also teaches you a lot about the undersea world!1
I would recommend it to anyone that is 9 or older, as some of the language is tricky.
One of my favourites. A fascinating tale.
cgsg thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over
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