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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea : Collins Classics - Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Collins Classics

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Published: 1st April 2010
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The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.'

Scientist Pierre Aronnax and his colleagues set out on an expedition to find a strange sea monster and are captured by the infamous and charismatic Captain Nemo and taken abroad the Nautilus submarine as his prisoners. As they travel the world's oceans, they become embroiled in adventures and events beyond their wildest dreams. Visionary in its outlook, Vern's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a legendary science fiction masterpiece.

About the Author

One of the principal inventors of what later became known as sf, Jules Verne wrote highly coloured nineteenth century romantic adventure stories, many of which turn on wonderful inventions like submarines or flying machines or on amazing events like the grazing of the Earth by a comet (in Hector Servadac). Verne was a Frenchman of Radical sympathies, many of whose stories turn on his political sympathies--it is significant that Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a rebel against British imperialism in India, and many of his villains are Southerners from the Confederacy or Prussians; Verne was fond of comic national stereotypes--the heroes of From Earth to the Moon and Around the World in Eighty Days are respectively joke Yankee engineers and an English clubman obsessed with punctuality.

Among his other books that have worn best are Five Weeks in a Balloon and A Journey to the Centre of the Earth . There is always an interesting tension in Verne between his passionate involvement in the products of his imagination and his desire for accuracy. Verne greatly admired the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, and stressed the importance of strict scientific accuracy, disparaging H G Wells for his more cavalier inventiveness.

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So exciting!

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea:

    After 50 or so pages I thought the book had given me it all it had to offer, I could not believe that it could get better, but it did. An exciting read that never disappoints. The only con would be that at times the science (to a non sci-fi fan) could get a little baffling. A great story for all ages.

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    ISBN: 9780007351046
    ISBN-10: 0007351046
    Series: Collins Classics
    Audience: Children
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 368
    Published: 1st April 2010
    Dimensions (cm): 11.1 x 17.5  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.21