Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

by Jules Verne

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A mysterious sea monster has been attacking ships. Professor Pierre Aronnax, the renowned French marine biologist, has been summoned. It<@146>s a giant narwhal, we think, Professor, says the United States Government -- a deadly kind of whale.

Aronnax summons master harpoonist Ned Land -- and his assistant, Conseil -- to join the expedition to stop this threat. Aboard the ship Abraham Lincoln they track the beast. The Professor and his team are thrown overboard -- and captured by the most famously tormented captain of all time, and his astonishing underwater vessel: Captain Nemo and the Nautilus! These indelible names echo down the corridors of science fiction and will forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804900126
Publisher: Airmont Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1964
Series: Airmont Classics Series
Edition description: REISSUE
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828 - 1905) was a French novelist, poet and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. Verne was born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, where he was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer, but quit the profession early in life to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1828

Date of Death:

March 24, 1905

Place of Birth:

Nantes, France

Place of Death:

Amiens, France


Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Miller/Walter translation is excellent; Conseil seems wittier, and the submarine engineering more believable, than the last time I read 20,000 Leagues. I'm of divided mind about the footnotes, though. Some are historically and scientifically helpful, by filling in allusions understood by the contemporary audience or guessing the identity of an organism under discussion. The "psychohistory" ends up sounding like 7th grade humor (Ned Land has no "targets" for his "cannon", p. 24). And some notes are bafflingly unscientific; p. 347 cites a novel by the author of JAWS and Reader's Digest as proof of the existence of giant squid.I really like the laundry lists of fish swimming by the ship, but I also read through a reference work on marine animals cover to cover in the 7th grade. Humann's ID books would have come in useful for the last part of the journey in the Atlantic, but I think it would have taken me several more months to look up every fish and mollusk mentioned.
Osbaldistone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You MUST read Miller's translation to have a chance to appreciate Verne's works. The early English translations are slightly more than worthless; they make Verne look like a mediocre writer of juvenile adventure novels. You probably would have to enjoy and appreciate the technical aspects of his work as well to rate this as high as I have.
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This book was way beyond amazing! I highly recommend it.
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