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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

(Captain Nemo #1)

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French naturalist Dr. Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down a sea monster, only to discover instead the Nautilus, a remarkable submarine built by the enigmatic Captain Nemo. Together Nemo and Aronnax explore the underwater marvels, undergo a transcendent experience amongst the ruins of Atlantis, and plant a black flag at the South Pole. But Nemo's mission is one of ...more
Hardcover, Extraordinary Voyages, #6, 394 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Barnes & Noble (first published March 20th 1869)
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Zak Longo If you love the ocean, and have an interest in it's nature, you will not feel bogged down by descriptions. However, I do think the philosophical…moreIf you love the ocean, and have an interest in it's nature, you will not feel bogged down by descriptions. However, I do think the philosophical dances with Nemo will get a bit boring for readers under 25. (less)
Niaz Morshed It's okay to read Jules Verne's book out of order because most novels are unrelated and standalone in nature. Of course, there are very few…moreIt's okay to read Jules Verne's book out of order because most novels are unrelated and standalone in nature. Of course, there are very few exceptions; for example, in this case, you might be interested in reading the Mysterious Island following this novel. Why? That could be your motivation; discover it yourself! (less)

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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
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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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
Anne
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
Actual rating: 4.5 🌟

It's very evident that Jules Verne did a ton of research for this book. I would even go so far to say that there is more info-dumping than there is plot. However, Verne has a way of pulling you into the story and writing in such a enthralling way that this large amount of explanations and listing of names isn't boring or repetitive. It just adds to the story and to the development of the characters. I'm not surprised in the slightest that there are people out there who are a
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Werner
May 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Luís C.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a marine adventure book, which can be qualified even fiction novel; one of the first novels of science fiction.
In 1864, when this book came out, no underwater trip had been done, reported, Jules Verne therefore allows to imagine from scientific basis for certain facts (pressure, temperature,... different seas and oceans traveled) and more spooky for cross creatures. We say what avant-garde with this fully electrified submarine, its autonomous suits and wh
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Jason Koivu
Jun 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, 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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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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Apatt
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Joey 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."


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I always feel a bit weird reviewing a book that I haven't read in
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[Shai] Bibliophage
This is definitely one of the best classic science fiction I've read so far. I was amazed that Verne might have started the idea of the submarine and the under the sea explorations. While I was reading this, I was contemplating where he got his ideas or whether silly it might be, he could have time traveled from his time to the future or vice versa.
Chad Bearden
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Michael
211215 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 expla ...more
Amber
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
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
Olivier Delaye
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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Liz
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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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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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
Lyn
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this EARLY in high school, about a hundred years ago, so I cannot write an appropriately thoughtful review due to time and a memory sodden with time. However, I can recollect one memorable anecdote about this reading. This book was so good, I could not put it down, literally. I think I started this on Friday afternoon and finished sometime Sunday night, with barely a TV show in between.
Nathan
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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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Patrick
This was a fun story. I remember seeing the movie when I was a kid but forgot what happened so I went into this story knowing very little. The only thing I remember was a giant squid. However, the squid fight was only two pages and near the end of the book which was a bit of a let down for me.

I really liked the characters in this story. I thought Nemo, captain of the Nautilus, was a very cool guy. Who else would stick a library in a submarine? Of all the captains of seafaring voyage books I’ve
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Quirkyreader
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was even better the second time around.

As I get older, I gain more of an appreciation for Verne’s work. Many of his stories have been written off as “adventure stories” for younger children. But they are more than that and deserve a second look.

But what struck me the most during my second go, was all of the classification of marine animals that Verne used in this book. So my inner scientist was having a splendid time while listening to the audio.
Rafael
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rounded up this rating because for me is more like a 3.8, this amazing journey aboard the Nautilus is an incredible voyage, having read this more than a hundred years after it was written is an other kind of ride, it is fairly amazing how much became a reality after the imagination and research of Jules Verne, you have to keep in mind that this story develops way before this kind of tech exist and more ignorant of the life that habits the ocean even more than today, I enjoyed this book but it ...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.
Shelves: french-lit
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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Amanda
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy
In the words of Captain Nemo. "You won't regret the time you spend aboard my vessel. You are going to voyage through a land of wonders. Stunned amazement will probably be your state of mind." That is exactly how I felt while reading this story. The descriptions of the Nautilus were beautiful. It had a gorgeous state of the art library. Panels that would open and you can watch the ocean. Why would you want to leave? Once aboard the Nautilus, you were basically a prisoner, leaving was not an optio ...more
Luca
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is an iconic work of science fiction, and I think all the beautiful, detailed descriptions in this book about life on and under the seas make it even more fascinating. However, I found that, at least in the edition I read, some aspects of the book are both outdated and offensive, which I regretted.

I rated this book with 3,5 out of 5 stars.
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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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