20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Book - 2006
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Originally published in 1870, Verne’s amazing undersea adventure is one of the earliest science fiction novels ever written. Since that time, generations of readers have plunged below the ocean’s waves with Captain Nemo and his first-ever submarine, The Nautilus. It’s a voyage of exploration and the imagination.


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Professor Arronax and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.

Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub., [2006].
ISBN: 9781402725999
140272599X
Characteristics: 325 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: McKowen, Scott

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regulus125
Aug 26, 2018

I remember seeing the movie but the book provides more technical details about their trip

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Porkbellytacos
Jan 13, 2016

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a book about an incredible Journey aboard the greatest subterranean vessel ever engineered (even by modern standards) – The Nautilus. Captained by the mysterious and ever elusive Captain Nemo, the Nautilus and author Jules Verne offers readers an opportunity to ride along and partake in an incredibly imaginative, descript, and well thought out underwater world. Descript being the operative word.

Author Verne is clearly a master of the written word. He might also be a scientific and historic genius as well, being able to rattle off everything from complex mathematical calculations to the entire history of every stop along the Nautilis’ journey. The problem is- I had no idea what he was talking about. If I looked everything up, I wouldn’t be a third of a way through the book by now. Thus, I read the entire book just accepting the world as Mr. Verne presented it; I am sure I am happier for it.

Beneath the complex world and language set in the novel, are some charming characters. Captain Nemo is all the same time a grand hero, villain, and enigma. Narrator and main character, Prof. Pierre Aronnax, is a prisoner only in name. His faithful companion Conseil, while eventually less excited than his master, is also along for the ride. Ned Land, the other prisoners’ foil, is an insatiable Canadian, with an aptitude for spear throwing. Yet, even with these characters, I was left wanting.

All credit given to the author, this book is clearly a masterpiece. In the beginning of the book I was 100% percent on board. However, by the middle, I was longing for some sort of identifiable conflict- of which Verne only gives the readers bits and pieces. In fact, it could be argued that no real conflict presents itself until the last 5% of the book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. However, it is easy to see how the complex language and lack of identifiable conflict can leave most readers in a slumber.

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.

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tif12
Aug 01, 2014

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.

multcolib_susannel May 28, 2014

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.

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cgsg
Nov 29, 2013

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.

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Dani
Jun 22, 2008

One of my favourites. A fascinating tale.

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