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I read this book to fulfill the goal read a book with 20 or twenty in the title, this is my second time reading it. Still find it fascinating. one of my favorite classics.
Another one of the famous classics by Jules Verne, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ is a science fiction novel that takes place in the mid nineteenth century, and ends in the same era. The premise is that the populace are noticing a ‘sea monster’, and the narrator, Professor Pierre Aronnax, is hired to hunt it. However in the hunt, it’s discovered that the ‘monster’ is actually a giant submarine piloted by ‘Captain Nemo’. As befitting of one of the classics, the structuring and plot of the book is amazing, and the book is very interesting. The characters of the book are different, which does show within the book’s dialogue and throughout the story. The pacing of the book isn’t really my preference, really, really slow. While it is very descriptive, which helps for people who prefer to visualize what they’re reading, it takes it’s time to develop everything(plot, characters). As such, unless you enjoy slow, drawn out books, I would advise you stay away from any Jules Verne books. Overall, one of the great Jules Verne classics, I would recommend this book to older people, as younger audiences would not enjoy this book. @Xeno of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
I remember seeing the movie but the book provides more technical details about their trip
A terrific adventure. I really enjoyed this and found Captain Nemo to be a fascinating character. He's turned his back on the world yet will risk his life for his fellow man. His wrath is terrible but his concern for his crew is deep. Conseil I found was comic relief. His abject toadying knew no bounds. I agree with some commentators that he goes on at length about flora and fauna which can be quite dull.
The version I had was illustrated by William O'Connor, they're a nice compliment. I tend to think this would be a difficult read for kids, lots of big fancy words, definitely had me consulting the dictionary a few times.
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.
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.