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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
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The book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is an adventure story set in the late eighteen hundreds in, well, all over the world. The story is narrated in first person by the character M. Arronax, a French naturalist and biologist. In the novel opens up with M. Arronax describing the mysterious shipwrecks that have been circulating in the press, informational and tabloid, and their possible causes. The most likely cause known to and believed by Arronax is the existence of a massive electric narwhal. He believes this because a creature must be massive to destroy the ships in the way described by surviving sailors and because the creature has been seen radiating electric arcs. Arronax is then invited to take a voyage, along with his assistant Conseil and a Canadian fisherman named Ned Land, on a U.S. ship called the Abraham Lincoln, built to hunt down the narwhal. after months of chasing the mammal, they have a chance encounter with it and seize the opportunity to kill it. The cannons and bullets fired at the beast ricochet off of it. The beast rams the ship and causes the the trio to fall off and disables the ship. The three of them find themselves a few minutes later on top of a small metal island. As it turns out the island is their target, only it is not a beast or an island. The three are invited into the Nautilus, a submarine, by a silent crew member and spend the night in a sterile white room. A day later they are released by Captain Nemo, the leader of the ship. The Captain is a man who has placed himself in self exile for vague reasons involving his deceased wife and child and his oppressive home country of India. I would imagine they killed her. They then establish quarters aboard the secret submarine and are told they can leave but they will not be dropped off on land so they would drown. They then travel the world and visit many exotic tropical islands, desolate arctic seas, and even walk on the bottom of the ocean until a ship locates them. A ship of unknown nationality locates the Nautilus and in a rage of Captain Nemo the Nautilus destroys her. The captain then allows the ship to enter a whirlpool off the coast of Norway and the trio escape. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. "I am the law, and I am the judge! I am the oppressed, and there is the oppressor! Through him I have lost all that I loved, cherished, and venerated--country, wife, children, father, and mother. I saw all perish! All that I hate is here!" - Captain Nemo. I loved this quote because it illustrates Nemo’s unbridled hate for man and his capacity to hate and destroy.
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message 1: by Amy (new)

Amy Excellent summary and analysis, Joe. I'm glad you liked this classic. You should look into reading other Jules Verne stories.


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