20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Book - 1987
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A surprisingly prophetic science fiction story, about an electric submarine, its mysterious captain, and the adventures of a French scientist and his companions have while prisoners on board the boat.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Octopus Books, c1987.
ISBN: 9780706430233
0706430239
Characteristics: 218 pages ;,24 cm.

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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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dolphinswimmer1
Oct 28, 2014

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.

he states:

" 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..."

and

"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.

self-evident.

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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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Nov 29, 2013

cgsg thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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