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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Captain Nemo #1)

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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title--offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by Tor Classics (first published March 20th 1869)
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Paula Haifley I wouldn't call it a challenging book, but it is a bit dry. And the book keeps getting bogged down in descriptions of fish and underwater life. I…moreI wouldn't call it a challenging book, but it is a bit dry. And the book keeps getting bogged down in descriptions of fish and underwater life. I didn't really enjoy it. If you're looking for a 19th century adventure novel, I would recommend HG Wells over Jules Verne. I also just read Tarzan and LOVED IT (as a full grown adult woman). (less)

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Hannah Greendale
Pierre Aronnax, Assistant Professor in the Museum of Natural History, embarks on a ship to investigate the mystery of a powerful creature terrorizing the open seas. When he and two of his companions discover the Nautilus - a magnificent submarine owned by the uncompromising Captain Nemo – their journey takes them under the sea and 20,000 leagues across the world.

For some time past, vessels had been met by ‘an enormous thing,’ a long object, spindle-shaped, occasionally phosphorescent, and infin
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Ken-ichi
Man, what a strange book. As I've learned from my more erudite sister, 19th century novelists are all about digression, and Verne, despite being very solidly camped outside Greatliterarynovelopolis in the growing shantytown of Genreville, is no exception. Literally half this book is a taxonomic listing of every plant and animal Arronax observes! I mean, even I was bored. Me. The nature freak. I occasionally review field guides on Goodreads, and yet I actually preferred George Eliot's tangents ab ...more
J.G. Keely
Jules Verne, classic pulp author, innovator of science fiction, originator of 'steampunk'--or was he? Many readers of the English language will never know the real Verne, and I'm not talking about those who dislike reading. Indeed, many well-meaning folks from the English-speaking world have picked up and read a book titled 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' cover to cover, and yet still know next to nothing of Verne, due to his long-standing translation problem. And as an interesting note, ...more
Werner
Verne's works are difficult for an English-speaking reader to evaluate fairly, because he wasn't well-served by the English translations of his day --which are still the standard ones in print, which most people read. The translators changed plots and characters' names in some cases, excised passages they considered "boring," and generally took a very free hand with the text; so you never know how much of the plodding pacing, bathetic dialogue, and stylistic faults (for instance, what passes for ...more
Jason Koivu
Jun 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For years this is what Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meant to me...

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I know, I know...That's just not what Jules Verne intended. Hey, Disney tried and it was fun when I was about 7 or 8, but back when Vernes wrote this, he was writing a true thrill ride!

The story is of an underwater mission to seek and destroy a sea monster. That premise is turned on its head and the story takes a more scientific and character-based slant. Verne takes his readers on a trip to new worlds, som
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Apatt
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“Under the sea
Under the sea
When the sardine
Begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band
Each little clam here
know how to jam here
Under the sea”

- Sebastian the groovy Caribbean Crab

The perfect soundtrack for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas really. I bet Captain Nemo wishes he’d thought of it.

The direct translation of the full title of this here book is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas: An Underwater Tour of the World*, note the S at the
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Miriam
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can look at aquariums for hours

I picked this book up -- this specific edition -- because I saw it was illustrated by the Dillons. This was fortunate because it turned out that, contrary to my previously held belief, I had not read it. What I had read as a child was some heavily edited-for-excitingness version almost entirely absent the encyclopedic accounts of marine life and oceanic conditions that constitute the bulk of the text. So few are the actual adventures of Nemo and the Professor and his two companions that I now wo
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Jo Woolfardis
"Is more than one pearl ever found in an oyster?" asked Conseil.
"Yes, my boy. Some oysters are veritable jewel boxes. I've even read of an oyster-but I can hardly believe it-which contained no less than a hundred and fifty sharks."
"A hundred and fifty sharks!" cried Ned Land.
"Did I say sharks?" I cried. "I meant to say a hundred and fifty pearls. It wouldn't make sense to say sharks."


This review can be found on Amaranthine Reads.

I always feel a bit weird reviewing a book that I haven't read in
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Chad Bearden
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
You can't be a serious science-fiction reader without delving just a bit into the genre's roots. To remedy an embarrassing lack of any Jules Verne on my reading list, last year I read "Journey to the Center of the Earth". I can see how to a young reader, it would be an instant classic. It's a pretty ripping adventure complete with hidden underground worlds and dinosaurs and gleefully wrong-headed theories about geology. What's not to love?

Maybe I was a little disappointed? I was hoping for more
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the gift
this is a later addition: there is a well known critical position that science fiction is the 'literature of cognitive estrangement', where the usual, the mundane, is made 'strange', engaging thought from some slightly different perspective- i just read a critique that verne perhaps operates the other way round, that he makes the 'strange' into the familiar, the mundane, the european world of mid 1800s, so less threatening and somehow maintaining worlds comfortable to readers always explainable ...more
Olivier Delaye
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this in French when I was a kid and I loved it.
Reread it recently in English and I'm still in awe.
When a story is good, it's good in any language, and this one proves the rule.
Manny
I must reproduce the passage from this book which I found yesterday in Kingsley Amis's New Maps of Hell. Did I have the same translation when I read it at age nine? Even now, it seems strangely familiar, and in particular I remember wondering about that odd word "poulp":
What a scene! The unhappy man, seized by the tentacle and fastened to its blowholes, was balanced in the air according to the caprice of this enormous trunk. He was choking, and cried out, 'À moi! à moi!' (Help! help!) Those Fren
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Amber
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Pierre Arronaux along with his manservant Conseil and Canadian Harpooner Ned Land are captured and imprisoned inside of the submarine known as the Nautilus after mistaking it for a sea creature and attacking it on the USS American Naval ship The Abraham Lincoln. There they meet the Eccentric and adventurous Captain Nemo who tells them that they are going to remain on board his vessel forever to go on an extraordinary tour under the sea. Will the men be able to ever get home or will they stay ...more
Mahdi Lotfi
این کتاب درباره چند نفره که وقتی توی دریا سرگردان میشن توسط زیردریایی ناتیلوس و کاپیتان آن ناخدا نمو نجات پیدا میکنن. در واقع زمان اتفاق افتادن این داستان قبل از داستان جزیره اسرار آمیزه. افراد نجات یافته در این زیر دریایی به مسافرتی طولانی میرن و با عجایب زیادی در دریا روبرو میشن. تخیل بسیار قوی نویسنده البته با دانش آن زمان بسیار جالب و رؤیایی است
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Lo sé, lo sé, júzguenme, nunca había leído nada de Julio Verne hasta ahora y Veintemil Leguas de Viaje Submarino me encantó... a pesar de que leí la versión ilustrada because #MaratónBooktastic, pero bueno. Es un libro lleno de acción, de misterios, de criaturas extrañas y de personajes enigmáticos, siendo el Capitán Nemo el primero de ellos.

Veintemil Leguas de Viaje Submarino nos cuenta la historia de unos caballeros que, pretendiendo cazar a un "monstruo", terminan embarcados en el Nautilus, u
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Mike Anastasia
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book and I can understand how it's rightfully considered a classic, but I have to imagine this is as uninspiring to our generation as the first iPhone manuals will be in 150 years.

When this was written, the idea of naval travel was only practically available to the rich and, beyond that, the concept of a submarine was on the same lines as a rail gun or UAV to us. We've probably imagined - either through stories, video games or whatever - that such things could exist in our world
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Jay
Firstly, I won't deny that Jules Verne knows his stuff. This book is full of scientific analysis, with a detailed knowledge of zoology, ocean currents, geographical construction and engineering designs. While the character development is stalled and Nemo is the only one to truly grow (somewhat, that is), the amount of knowledge Verne shoved into the book made it sink- no pun intended.

I'm in no way denying that this book is interesting and is not worthy of a higher rating. There were parts where
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Carol
Within the pages of this 1869 Classic sci-fi adventure, you will experience life underwater aboard the amazing submarine Nautilus encountering gigantic sea monsters, a 600 pound oyster shell with a flawless Pearl the size of a coconut, and fight your way thru man-eating Sharks as well as the Great Ice Barrier. While the story is a little "heavy" on the descriptions of the colorful fish and unusual plant life, there are also sea battles and shipwrecks to keep one entertained.

Professor Aronmax nar

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Donna
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: can't think of anyone!
Shelves: 2009
I have just spent the best part of the last 2 weeks reading this, and I'm wondering why I bothered. I had completely the wrong impression of what this book was about, not having heard the story or seen any of the films (apart from Captain Nemo turning up in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!). I thought that the 20,000 leagues under the sea meant that they literally went down vertically to 20,000 leagues below the surface and there found a land full of fantastical creatures a la Journey to the C ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Okay, nothing new about this story is there?

This is a piece of classic science fiction or adventure fiction, if you prefer. It's actually what I remembered. I've rated it five stars, but it's important to note, that five stars comes because of what this novel started.

This is the birth of steampunk and science fantasy. This is the book that most people point to, not that there aren't others, as one of the earliest purely science fiction stories. And, more importantly, this is loaded with hard s
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Ahmed
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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النيوتيليوس كما تخيلها جول فيرن


جول فيرن فعلا رائد الخيال العلمى
فبرغم أن الرواية نشرت منذ 150 عاما تقريبا
إلا أنها مازالت مشوقة وممتعة وبها العديد من المعلومات التى ثبت صحتها فيما بعد

ويا ليت كانت النيوتيليوس حقيقية ويتمكن البشر من زيارتها وقضاء بعض الوقت فيها وفي مكتبتها المذهلة

لم تعجبني شخصية البروفيسور أروناكس فهو يفضل أن يظل في الغواصة لإستكمال أبحاثة العلمية
وفضلت عليه نيدلاند الصياد لأنه يسعى للهرب والوصول لحريته بأي ثمن
Nathan
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has been said that Captain Nemo is the worst villain in classic literature. I disagree. I submit that Verne's intimate knowledge of marine biology, which he thrusts upon the reader in chapter after painful chapter, is TRULY the worst villain in classic literature, though it could be argued that Melville's familiarity with the whaling industry is right up there. Overall, too much of the book told me too little. I was hoping for a better character sketch of Captain Nemo, and I was left wanting ...more
Czarny Pies
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like to look at the future in the old fashioned way.
Recommended to Czarny by: My parents gave me this book as a present.
As the French would say: "Jules Verne, c'est un des incontournables." This means he is an author that one should neither miss nor want to miss. Verne is a great prophet of a better future and the wonder of the planet we live on.

Verne wrote delightful youth novels in which he attempted to add enough factual information to his novels so that parents could legitimately consider the time the child spent reading them to be of educational value. Had Verne put less factual material in this books, the p
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Kyriakos Sorokkou
Αυτό το βιβλίο το διάβασα σχεδόν εξ ολοκλήρου στη θάλασσα, διάβασα δηλαδή τις 280 από τις 286 σελίδες. Με άλλα λόγια το 97,5% του βιβλίου το διάβασα ενώ αρμένιζα τη Μεσόγειο και το Αιγαίο Πέλαγος.

Κάτι που νόμιζα λανθασμένα, και πολλοί άλλοι πιστεύω, είναι ότι ο τίτλος είναι κάπως ασαφής. Δεν εννοεί «(Κατάδυση) είκοσι χιλιάδες λεύγες κάτω από τις θάλασσες» αλλά «Ταξιδεύοντας είκοσι χιλιάδες λεύγες κάτω από τις θάλασσες.»

Το απόλαυσα διότι διάβαζα για μια περιπέτεια στη θάλασσα ενώ ήμουν εγώ ο ίδ
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Amanda
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This was really good and I wanted to give it 5 stars but I did find the ending to be abrupt and a bit unsatisfying so I'm knocking it down to 4 but overall this was a fantastic audio. I didn't really know what to expect and I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I always thought that the 20,000 leagues in the title referred to depth. Turns out it's distance. Oops I feel a little stupid for that. This is a really enjoyable sea adventure that holds up well. I recommend the audio narrated by Andrew W ...more
David
Sep 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jules Verne but there are too many boring parts in this book. He has a bad habit, which really bugs me, of trying so hard to make his heroes seem brilliant that he has them reciting dictionaries. It's not believable, and seems a little lazy. For example, the characters will see plants in the ocean and they will converse for several chapters on all of the menial trivia involving the plants and their close relatives. It's not interesting information, it's just show-off data. He falls into t ...more
Duaa Ahmed
حين تقرأ "عشرون ألف فرسخ تحت الماء" إنسى الغواصة .. تجاهل كل ما عرفته من قبل عن هذا "الشيء"
وتعرف إليها عبر غواصة الكابتن نيمو ..

حياة البحر ومن البحر ..
الحماس والتشويق والمفاجات ..
كل ما في الرواية يشد المتلهف لمعرفة حياة المحيطات هناك بالأسفل ..

شخصية الكابتن نيمو اللذي كره البشرية واختار أن تكون أعماق المحيط عالمه فقطع كل ما له علاقة بالبر ..
المأكولات والملابس والعطور وكل ما يخطر ببالك مورده المحيط
عالم آخر سيدهشك حتما أن تتعرف عليه بشكل أحداث رواية مثيرة وممتعة ومفيدة وقيمة بمعلوكماتها الف
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Matt
5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

Thus, to that question asked six thousand years ago by Ecclesiastes, "That which is far off, and exceedingly deep, who can find it out?" only two men have the right to answer: Captain Nemo and myself.

I have changed my mind about "not liking science fiction" because I keep finding science fiction books that I really enjoy like The Martian, the YA novels Illuminae and The Fifth Wave and now this book. 20,000 Leagues is really amazing.
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Vingt Mille Lieues Sous les Mers = 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6), Jules Verne
عنوان: بیست هزار فرسنگ زیر دریا؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: حمید؛ تهران، انتشارات اوریژینال، 1361؛ داستان تصویری، در 38 ص؛
عنوان: بیست هزار فرسنگ زیر دریا؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: علی فاطمیان؛ تهران، چشم انداز، 1377؛ در 250 ص؛؛
عنوان: بیست هزار فرسنگ زیر دریا؛ اثر: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: بیژن مدرس؛ تهران، کتاب مریم نشرمرکز، 1377؛ در 204 ص؛؛
و البته که بسیاری دیگر، هنوز نتوانسته ام جستجو کنم
نام ژول ورن 1828-
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Stephen
3.0 stars. I liked this book and think that Verne did an excellent job of rationally explaining the science fiction elements of his story as well as doing a great job developing and describing the undersea world explored by the Nautilus. I really liked the explanation of the electric bullets and the wide variety of foods all harvested from the sea (the nicotine seaweed used in cigars was really cool).

As interesting as those elements were, the most interesting and compelling part of the novel was
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of spa
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