20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Book - 2001
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In an age that has seen the wildest speculations of science become reality, Jules Verne is regarded as both a technological prophet and one of the most exciting masters of imagination the world has ever known. Of all his novels, none is more compelling and thrilling than 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea . This extraordinary voyage into the depths of the unknown aboard the legendary submarine Nautilus - commanded by the brilliant, tragic Captain Nemo - explores both the limitless possibilities of science and the twisted labyrinth of the human mind. The novel stands as science fiction raised to the level of literature and remains a vivid expression of a new era of technological advancement and humanity's place within that world.
Publisher: New York : Signet Classic, 2001.
ISBN: 9780451528193
0451528190
Branch Call Number: VER
Characteristics: xiii, 463 pages ; 17 cm

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vanravenstein
Jun 19, 2017

I'm sure this novel was fascinating stuff in the 19th century, but today it's old technology, so unless you're into technology museums, you won't be interested in Verne's great detail regarding submarines. The movie is better. Unless I missed it, the giant squid isn't in the book, which is one of the best parts of the movie.

Kdmullerspy Jun 21, 2014

I love this story. It engrossed me from the first chapter! I wish it could have said more about Captain Memo's story.

sarahzaidi Jul 17, 2012

Amazing Read~
A great sea adventure! :)

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BethHMW
Oct 27, 2011

I tried really hard to stick it out with this book. It's a classic and usually I enjoy those, but this one just isn't working for me. Verne's passion for science is obvious but his minute attention to detail and forever giving the classification of each species encountered was grating after a while. While the narrative passages were relatively interesting, they were broken up by dull passages full of lists or scientific names. Other things that bothered me are evidence of the age of the book, as the novel has a distinctly imperialistic flavour. The other thing that really bothered me was the emphasis on hunting down various species regardless of its rarity. One passage in particular mentioned that the animal of the moment may be one of the last of its kind and then they hunt it anyway. I made it slightly over halfway but just couldn't handle any more of the stock characters with their stock reactions and the litany of aquatic species. Which sadly meant that I didn't get to encounter the giant squid. But I think I may just be happier with my fuzzy memories of the Disney film with Kirk Douglas.

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swallowtailcat
Jul 02, 2011

A favourite of mine, 20,000 Leagues is the best of Jules Verne. Plus, you can learn tons of info about the deep blue sea.

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kingshearte
Apr 08, 2010

Jules Verne has created an very captivating character in Captain Nemo. Unfortunately, he loses sight of this fact, and the greater part of this book is bogged down in lengthy and detailed descriptions of things that, while nice for a while, do little or nothing in most cases to advance the plot. The beginning is strong, and the end is decent, and for that and other flashes throughout the book, I liked it, but I really do think it could have been much better.

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Sep 28, 2014

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Captain Nemo is a demented scientist who wants to control the world using his submarine

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