20000 leagues under the sea book review

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20000 leagues under the sea book review

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

When an unidentified “monster” threatens international shipping, French oceanographer Pierre Aronnax and his unflappable assistant Conseil join an expedition organized by the US Navy to hunt down and destroy the menace. After months of fruitless searching, they finally grapple with their quarry, but Aronnax, Conseil, and the brash Canadian harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard in the attack, only to find that the “monster” is actually a futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by a shadowy, mystical, preternaturally imposing man who calls himself Captain Nemo. Thus begins a journey of 20,000 leagues—nearly 50,000 miles—that will take Captain Nemo, his crew, and these three adventurers on a journey of discovery through undersea forests, coral graveyards, miles-deep trenches, and even the sunken ruins of Atlantis. Jules Verne’s novel of undersea exploration has been captivating readers ever since its first publication in 1870, and Frederick Paul Walter’s reader-friendly, scientifically meticulous translation of this visionary science fiction classic is complete and unabridged down to the smallest substantive detail.
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Sci-Fi Classic Review: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)

A book for the beach: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

The description of Nemo's ship, the Nautilus , was considered ahead of its time, as it accurately describes many features of modern submarines , which at the time were very primitive vessels. A model of the French submarine Plongeur launched in was displayed at the Exposition Universelle , where it was studied by Jules Verne, [2] who used it as an inspiration [3] [4] for the novel. The title refers to the distance traveled while under the sea and not to a depth , as 20, leagues 80, km is nearly twice the circumference of the Earth. The book uses metric leagues, which are four kilometres each. During the year , ships of several nations spot a mysterious sea monster , which some suggest to be a giant narwhal.

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A mysterious sea creature, believed to be supernatural in size and ability, haunts the oceans of the world. When Scientist Pierre Aronnax gets the opportunity to embark on a voyage to capture this narwhal, he simply cannot refuse. But a strange turn of events lead to him being captured, along with his manservant, Conseil, and Canadian harpooner Ned Land, and taken aboard the Nautilus. Prisoners of the mysterious yet charismatic Captain Nemo, who calls the Nautilus submarine home and claims to have renounced all land, the three men find themselves on a journey of the world — taken through its oceans. And yet, none of them can fathom what future has been decided for them by Captain Nemo — their captor whose enigmatic exterior hides a torrential fury and hatred that grows with every passing day. I spent almost two months maybe more on this book.

I can date my first reading precisely, as I still have my copy, given to me by "Mummy and Daddy, Christmas ", when I was nine. This edition was published in in Cleveland, Ohio, and has beautiful illustrations of sea creatures and seascapes, and of the brave adventurers who travel with Captain Nemo in his spacious submarine, the Nautilus. As a child, I liked the pictures of the narwhale and the kelp forest best, but now I also admire the narrator and his manservant Conseil, portrayed in handsome nakedness. Illustrated books were a rarity in that post-war period, and all the more to be cherished. I loved the underwater world, and would have been a marine biologist if I'd had any scientific encouragement at school. The flying fish and sharks and giant squid of Verne's novel entranced me. I was in love with Captain Nemo, the brooding cultured misanthrope of the deeps, who combined the romantic qualities of Heathcliff and Byron with the ruthlessness of Macbeth.


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