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Science and adventure are electrifying accomplices in Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This epic and enduring tale anticipates not just wonders such as electric light and submarine navigation, but the obsession with technology and travel that today so shapes our lives. It is Verne's inspired foresight, combined with his extraordinary talent for storytell Science and adventure are electrifying accomplices in Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This epic and enduring tale anticipates not just wonders such as electric light and submarine navigation, but the obsession with technology and travel that today so shapes our lives. It is Verne's inspired foresight, combined with his extraordinary talent for storytelling, that continue to make this novel such a compelling read. The excitement this adventure caused around the world when it was first published 150 years ago can still be very easily imagined indeed in the twenty-first century. This modern translation by F. P. Walter restores the cuts and omits the bowdlerization made in the original English version.


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Science and adventure are electrifying accomplices in Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This epic and enduring tale anticipates not just wonders such as electric light and submarine navigation, but the obsession with technology and travel that today so shapes our lives. It is Verne's inspired foresight, combined with his extraordinary talent for storytell Science and adventure are electrifying accomplices in Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This epic and enduring tale anticipates not just wonders such as electric light and submarine navigation, but the obsession with technology and travel that today so shapes our lives. It is Verne's inspired foresight, combined with his extraordinary talent for storytelling, that continue to make this novel such a compelling read. The excitement this adventure caused around the world when it was first published 150 years ago can still be very easily imagined indeed in the twenty-first century. This modern translation by F. P. Walter restores the cuts and omits the bowdlerization made in the original English version.

52 review for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Disclaimer: This is a very stream-of-consciousness approach to writing this review. I am writing this entry with the hopes of asking questions I cannot necessarily answer and pointing out things I observed that I do not necessarily have the words to explain further. Either way, this was a good novel. I think I just really enjoy science fiction. What a read! I would say this book compares to a Neon Genesis Evangelion-level depiction of the barriers we put up against others and ourselves in coping Disclaimer: This is a very stream-of-consciousness approach to writing this review. I am writing this entry with the hopes of asking questions I cannot necessarily answer and pointing out things I observed that I do not necessarily have the words to explain further. Either way, this was a good novel. I think I just really enjoy science fiction. What a read! I would say this book compares to a Neon Genesis Evangelion-level depiction of the barriers we put up against others and ourselves in coping with our pain and trauma. Notably so, this book also re-introduced me to reading in the same way Eva re-introduced me to watching and consuming anime. A friend asked me who I thought was the most complex character in 20,000 Leagues. I had just lamented my frustrations with the one-dimensionality of Conseil, Arronax, Ned Land, and even Captain Nemo. I did not feel the satisfaction I felt in the portrayal of the relationships between the characters. However, I was soon illuminated that the focus of this book was never intended to be on the interpersonal relationships of the characters, rather on the relationship of the characters and the ocean. It makes sense. This is a science fiction novel written during the height of 19th century romanticism and nationalism. Furthermore, Verne draws strong connections between how humanity can project their own behaviors onto the technology they create and the nature they seek to learn from. Captain Nemo's hatred coinciding with a strong hurricane near the American Coast was not a coincidence. Consequentially, the ocean is the most complex character in Vernes' work. The various flora and fauna, the paradoxical nature of tranquility and storm, all these depictions add layers to how man understands nature and uses technology. One can use coral in so many different ways to describe beauty, grief, and beauty in grief. A tempest alone can represent anger, or righteous vengeance. Humanity is multifaceted, and Vernes offers a beautiful illustration into how the beauty and danger of the ocean can represent us as complicated individuals. As I write this, I am left asking myself these questions. What is my own relationship with nature? What is my ocean? What insecurities, struggles, and fears do I project onto my experience of life? What barriers do I put up, and fight to break down, that shelter me into my own version of the Nautilus? How do the walls I put up affect those around me? It's a novel to introspect. It's also a novel with hauntingly beautiful phrases like, "a human ant-heap overtaken by the sea," (from A Hecatomb) and, "clots of blood had formed... like the dregs of wine" (from The Coral Kingdom). If Vernes can do anything, he can make me feel angst, disgust, fear, and grief. I'm still haunted by Arronax descriping the death of a crewmate by saying that he, "tried to learn the secret of his life from the last words that escaped his lips." If you read any excerpts or chapters from this book, I recommend The Coral Kingdom, The Grecian Archipelago, and A Hecatomb. Those chapters were chilling, and excellent examples of writing that I hope to create some day. Look, I'm learning to analyze literature again and there's way too much in this book that I could ever fit in a Good Reads review. I hope to revisit this book and its genre once more to further dive into its imagery and mood. However, I would like to leave this review (more so, journal entry about what I felt) with a quote from its conclusion: "May the judge disappear, and the philosopher continue the peaceful exploration of the sea!"

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Gas

    Es un libro interesante y muy entretenido. Mis [email protected] en su mayoría lo han disfrutado. Tiene acción y emotividad, así como conflictos y dramas. En ocasiones se hace complicado entender las acciones y motivaciones de las reacciones y actuaciones de algunos personajes, pero vale la pena. Su lectura es ágil y agradecida y se nota que Verne es un autor documentado y culto, lo cual es muy de agradecer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    This was our latest family read. The boys all enjoyed the action and under water adventures...from mysterious "monsters" to near death encounters with sharks and octopus. We then watched the movie and while there were some differences, it was fun to visually enjoy the story. (The boys love to compare and contrast) Of course, watching Kirk Douglas in his prime was pretty cool too. This was our latest family read. The boys all enjoyed the action and under water adventures...from mysterious "monsters" to near death encounters with sharks and octopus. We then watched the movie and while there were some differences, it was fun to visually enjoy the story. (The boys love to compare and contrast) Of course, watching Kirk Douglas in his prime was pretty cool too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    StrictlySequential

    15c HRN 165 = 11th printing = May 1948 + Verne biography + Dog Heroes: "Hero Rex" pulled 15 year old by the collar out of water to safety with his teeth! + "American Indians": The Hurons (Tribe) + Luther Burbank: "The World's Greatest Naturalist" 15c HRN 165 = 11th printing = May 1948 + Verne biography + Dog Heroes: "Hero Rex" pulled 15 year old by the collar out of water to safety with his teeth! + "American Indians": The Hurons (Tribe) + Luther Burbank: "The World's Greatest Naturalist"

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    محمد فرد

  50. 5 out of 5

    Odd Duck

  51. 4 out of 5

    Cyberpunk

  52. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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