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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea When An Unidentified Monster Threatens International Shipping, French Oceanographer Pierre Aronnax And His Unflappable Assistant Conseil Join An Expedition Organized By The US Navy To Hunt Down And Destroy The Menace After Months Of Fruitless Searching, They Finally Grapple With Their Quarry, But Aronnax, Conseil, And The Brash Canadian Harpooner Ned Land Are Thrown Overboard In The Attack, Only To Find That The Monster Is Actually A Futuristic Submarine, The Nautilus, Commanded By A Shadowy, Mystical, Preternaturally Imposing Man Who Calls Himself Captain Nemo Thus Begins A Journey Of , Leagues Nearly , Miles That Will Take Captain Nemo, His Crew, And These Three Adventurers On A Journey Of Discovery Through Undersea Forests, Coral Graveyards, Miles Deep Trenches, And Even The Sunken Ruins Of Atlantis Jules Verne S Novel Of Undersea Exploration Has Been Captivating Readers Ever Since Its First Publication In , And Frederick Paul Walter S Reader Friendly, Scientifically Meticulous Translation Of This Visionary Science Fiction Classic Is Complete And Unabridged Down To The Smallest Substantive Detail


10 thoughts on “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  1. says:

    Hands down the WORST book I ve read all year.I mean, there s boring and then there s mind numbing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is definitely the latter I was actually looking forward to listening to this It s supposed to be a classic action adventure sci fi book, right And it s not an overly long book, which made me assume it was a pretty compact story Plus, I usually have better luck when it comes to these older novels if I listen to the audiobook instead of trying to wade through all the Hands down the WORST book I ve read all year.I mean, there s boring and then there s mind numbing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is definitely the latter I was actually looking forward to listening to this It s supposed to be a classic action adventure sci fi book, right And it s not an overly long book, which made me assume it was a pretty compact story Plus, I usually have better luck when it comes to these older novels if I listen to the audiobook instead of trying to wade through all the crunchy dialogue with my eyeballs So, between those factors, I thought this would be a complete winner.But ho ly shit this was terrible Terrible Ok, how to describe this book Alright If a really tedious nature show fucked a 5th grade word problem and didn t use a condom 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be their bastard child.The vast majority of this thing Lattitude 54, Longitude 45 or whatever.On the insert random date here the crew of the Nautilus and my companions entered the insert random body of water here and observed insert random sea life here Then Aronnax would go on to describe in excruciating detail every fucking thing about whatever chunk of seaweed, fish, oyster bed, sediment, etc that they happened to be floating past.Now, sometimes my mind will wander for a second when I m listening to an audiobook Usually, it s one of those Did I remember to give my kid the check for that field tripthings that distract me And then I ll just have to back the book up a few seconds to recoup whatever info I just lost But with this one, I was spacing out constantly due to the fact that there was literally NOTHING happening But I could lose half an hour and it wouldn t fucking matter because the professor would still be droning on about different types of pearls and how they were made, and what colors there were, and how much each kind sold for on the open market, and whether or not the oyster wept when they were gone.Or some other such nonsense.Where was the action I was promised Where was the adventure Not here, that s for goddamn sure.Still, I remembered hearing about the famous Scene With The Giant Squid and I figured it might make all of this other garbage worth wading through Supposedly, it was this super awesome battle between man and cephalopod that left a lasting impression on people I should have known better Lamest Battle Ever.Let me save you some trouble See, I thought that there was some menacing squid following them that decided to attack the sub and try to drag it to the bottom, or crush it with its massive tentacles, or break it open to slurp out the crew with a straw, orsomething Anything But no.A group of big ass squids was swimming by, a few got curious, one of the poor bastards got tangled around the fan or whatnot, and then when the crew when out to fight it off the Nautilus one of them got tossed off and killed Oh, and Ned almost got eaten but Nemo hacked at the squid s beak and saved him The End.Bah.There was a shining moment when I thought things were going to finally get cool as the Nautilus passed over Atlantis Fucking Atlantis Yes These turds got out to explore every dull coral bed along the way, so surely they would stop and meander around this magically advanced civilization, right Nope.They just floated on past it Bye, AquamanAnd after that, I think I just lost the will to even try to muster up a few shits for the rest of it.Nemo s quitting land because of insert spoilery things here was also ridiculous but I could have easily given it a pass if this were a remotely engaging story otherwise Since it wasn t, that was just ONE MORE THING that I found annoying I mean, really Why the hell would anyone go to all that trouble of building this masterpiece of a submarine just for revenge Just track the fuckers down and shoot them in the head It would be waaaaay easier and ultimately less time consuming Oh, and their stupid secret language that they spoke on board It was probably Pig Latin, because everythingelse they did seemed like something thought up by a 10 year old.Why keep Aronnax, Conseil, Ned prisoner just because they had seen the Nautilus made no sense It s not as though anyone could track them down even if those guys spilled the beans They were literally the ONLY submarine in the world at that point and the oceans are HUGE Again, I would have overlooked that with pleasure if I weren t so pissed off with this boring time suck The only fun thing about this was Ned Land harpooner extraordinaire Just the fact that he is the ONLY surly Canadian I ve ever read about was almost worth the price of admission Seriously Name another volatile Canuck in literature.Kind of hard to do, eh view spoiler Or is it, Bub hide spoiler Anyway It may be hard to tell but I didn t actually like this very much However, if you did Well, then that s good, too


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    Man, what a strange book As I ve learned from myerudite 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 Man, what a strange book As I ve learned from myerudite 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 about political economy and local gossip.That said, this is a pretty fun book Adventure under the sea Laconic yet cordial sumbarine bermenches thirsting for vengeance and whale milk Canadians Well, a Canadian The Canadian He had a harpoon Reading science fiction that describes a future long past is also a hoot, especially if you re a huge goddamn nerd Despite accurately predicting the feasibility of a submarine, I don t think Verne had actually spent much time in the water The Nautilus navigates not by sonar, but by shining a really bright light I think swimming in anything but the most crystalline tropical seas would convince you that wouldn t quite work Every time the crew leaves the ship to go exploring, they actually walk on the sea floor instead of swimming One time, Cpt Nemo dodges a shark It s kind of hard to dodge slow moving jellies when you re underwater, never mind one of Nature s most amazing swimmers.The book is also an interesting balance between technological hubris and an underlying conservationist theme Nemo and presumably Verne decries the repercussions of overfishing when forbidding former harpooneer Ned Land from testing his skill against a pod of Antarctic whales In destroying the southern whale your traders are culpable, Master Land They have already depopulated the whole of Baffin s Bay, and are annihilating a class of useful animals Leave the unfortunate cetacea alone They have plenty of natural enemies without you troubling them Granted it s a utilitarian, anthropocentric kind of conservation ethic, but conservationist all the same And yet earlier, upon beholding a massive bed of pearl oysters, Arronax narrates, I could well understand that this was an inexhaustible mine of treasures, for nature s power to create goes far beyond man s capability of destruction I doubt Verne set out with any fixed notions of environmental ethics in mind, but I find it intriguing that these contrasting sentiments keep popping up I think Verne s apparent ambivalence about the morality of technological advances isintentional The Nautilus is a marvelous creation that Nemo uses to reveal the unknown and better understand the world It s also a vicious instrument of vengeance he employs against his former countrymen or maybe not his countrymen, reading some of the other reviews , a nearly invincible ship that can sink below the reach of canons and fatally ram any conventional vessel from beneath As a war machine in a world of steam and sail it would be monstrous I also think it s significant that Nemo and the ship meet their apparent end not at the hands of other men or even by an animal, but by the unthinking and inestimable power of the sea itself, bringing to mind Melville s line from Moby Dick however baby man may brag of his science and skill, and however much, in a flattering future, that science and skill may augment yet for ever and for ever, to the crack of doom, the sea will insult and murder him, and pulverize the stateliest, stiffest frigate he can make


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    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 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 infinitely larger andrapid in its movements than a whale. Pierre s story starts strong with an arresting premise the Government of the United States is among the first to take to the open seas in search of the monstrous creature By personal invitation of the Secretary of Marine, Pierre joins the crew of the Abraham Lincoln Three seconds after the arrival of the letter, I nothought of pursuing the unicorn than of attempting the passage of the North Sea Three seconds after reading the letter of the honourable Secretary of Marine, I felt that my true vocation, the sole end of my life, was to chase this disturbing monster, and purge it from the world. Unfortunately, the majority of the book is comprised of overly detailed scientific explanations complete with mathematical equations and long winded descriptions of varied species of aquatic life To be frank, it s quite boring In the eighty ninth genus of fishes, classed by Lac p de, belonging to the second lower class of bony, characterized by opercules and bronchial membranes, I remarked the scorpaena, the head of which is furnished with spikes, and which has but one dorsal fin these creatures are covered, or not, with little shells, according to the sub class to which they belong The second sub class gives us specimens of didactyles fourteen or fifteen inches in length, with yellow rays, and heads of a most fantastic appearance As to the first sub class, it gives several specimens that singular looking fish appropriately called a sea frog, with large head, sometimes pierced with holes, sometimes swollen with protuberances, bristling with spikes, and covered with tubercles it has irregular and hideous horns its body and tail are covered with calliosities its sting makes a dangerous wound it is both repugnant and horrible to look at. Worst of all, anyone in the mood for a death defying battle with an enormous sea creature whose size defies believability will be sorely disappointed A remarkable scientific feat for its time, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is an impressive classic but may fail to hold the attention of modern audiences


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    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, 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, twenty thousand leagues does not refer to the depth of the Nautilus, but the distance traveled.Since his earliest publication, when the author was still alive, translations of his work into English have been abhorrent For speakers of other languages, he is considered an intelligent, thoughtful, deliberate author, not a half competent penner of fun pulp adventures and this isn t some Baudelaire Poe error on their part Indeed, it s created a catch 22 in literary studies current translations of Verne are so bad that no one wants to read or study him, so there s little demand for new translations.How bad are the old translations Bad Often up to 25% of the text is cut Character names are changed, as are plot points and events Anything which might reflect poorly on British colonial policy is left out Verne s carefully researched scientific facts and numbers are arbitrarily changed or deleted Diving suit becomes life vest and in several incidents, translators added racial epithets, in one case translating he said as whined the Jew Compare two translations of Verne, and you re likely to find they differ greatly in length, content, and story Indeed, even the title in French does not end with sea , but seas.Sadly, picking up a copy of the book, new or used, and you are still likely to get one of these terrible translations, since they are in the public domain But we need suffer beneath this maltreatment no longer, for recently, several scholars have labored to bring to us faithful and well researched translations F.P Walter donated his translation to Project Gutenberg, and it may be found here, while William Butcher s, which includes a critical introduction and footnotes, is available here.Reading through these, it must be clear that Verne is not a pulp author, withimagination than sense, but then, it s also difficult to describe his work as science fiction or steampunk For the first, all the technologies he puts forth are not fictional, but real, current technologies submarines had been in use since the American Civil war and his descriptions all rely closely on data found in scientific journals It s true that his submarine is much larger andadvanced than any other, but it s hardly the same leap as a race to the moon or a journey through time Indeed, as with Doyle s Professor Challenger stories, it is not man who is fantastical, but the world around him As for steampunk , the Nautilus skips right past steam and diesel and is wholly powered by chemical batteries and electricity, with nary a cog or flywheel to be found.As for the writing itself, it is intelligent, the characters strong, and Verne is quite capable of giving us those little insights which subtly alters our perception of the various interpersonal conflicts which dominate the book s plot Though there are various events the squid, meeting with this or that vessel, the undersea gardens, travel to the antarctic these are all scattered throughout the story willy nilly, as if it were a real travelogue, tied together by the real central plot, which is the conflict between the captain and our heroes.But since fiction is artificial, it does not make sense for the author to pretend that it isn t, so I found it disappointing that the individual occurrences of the plot rarely seemed important, nor did Verne build up to them or create a letdown, afterwards The famous scene with the giant squid was particularly disappointing and anti climactic, emerging suddenly and then over in a few moments It s something I ve been struggling with as I work on my own Victorian sci fi novel ensuring that each scene has purpose on its own, and flows from one to the next.It need not even be a clear flow of events flow can also be achieved through mood, tone, and pace Verne s book owes a great deal to Moby Dick, a book which bravely thrust from scene to scene, but where each scene was conceptually interconnected with the one before and the one after that, even if one was about the classification of whales and the next about someone being swept out to sea, there was still a conceptual link between them.Verne s digressions of science and classification are not bound up in the purpose and philosophy of his story, as Melville s are, which leads to another problem that I have been carefully weighing in my own writing what to include Again and again, Verne spends long parts of chapters listing through types of fish seen outside the ship Some of these are like Ovid s lists full of lovely images, colors, and shapes, a melange of words and sounds that approaches a sort of poetry Some contain humorous or interesting details which have some bearing on the situation at hand Yet in many instances, they are merely long, dry, and add nothing to the book.It certainly makes sense, as our narrator is a trained classifier, and duly interested in such things, but one of the rules of fiction is that we leave out reality when it is dull or extraneous, or pass it by with a few words, as Verne does dozens of time, commenting on the passing of days or weeks in a paragraph or even a sentence To me, leaving in such long winded, repetitious digressions was a mark against the book.But then, science fiction is very fond of such digressions, and Verne also indulges in the other kind the long chapters of explanation about length, tonnage, and the particulars of undersea travel, all taking place at the slow pace of a Socratic dialogue but then how do you replenish these sodium batteries being, as you are, always at sea , well, you see, I distill it from the very, and so on And of course, almost none of these myriad details are ever shown to be important again My general rule is to only go into detail so much as it I Impacts the story directlyII Sets an artistic moodIII Symbolically explores the philosophical ideas in the book, orIV Is amusing, in and of itselfBut then, Verne is not only indebted to Melville, but to Poe, and his disjointed, bizarre story The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket his only foray into the novel, and one of those books that is so flawed and unusual that it has inspired whole generations of authors who feel that, with a bitfocus and tightening up, they might turn its form into something quite strong So, when we rush from carefully detailed and researched science and plunge into silly, unsupported tall tales in Verne, we can, to some degree, thank Poe, whose story started as a straightforward travelogue and ended as some kind of religious symbolic fever dream.But it is strange to me to see Verne spend a chapter talking meticulously about the tonnage of the Nautilus and what volume of water would be required to sink to certain depths, and then claiming that sharks can only bite while swimming upside down and that pearl divers in Ceylon wouldn t be able to hold their breath forthan a minute at a time It just goes to show that no matter how much careful research and deliberation you put into a book, you re still going to make errors, so in the end, you might want to focuson your story, plotting, and pacing things you can control , and less on endlessly researching things that could just as easily be passed over without the story losing anything except length.And overall, this is what I wish Verne had done While I respect the intelligence and precision with which he pursues his work, and I would definitely not rank him among the pulps, the very rich character story at the center of the book was too lightly touched upon, when, as in Frankenstein or Moby Dick, it could have been the focus, and made for a much stronger book The characters, the conflicts, and the psychology were all there, but in the end, we leave the book without a completed arc


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    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 isinfo 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 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 isinfo 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 actually convinced that Verne is telling a non fictional tale It all just seems so real, believable and convincing I also felt this constant air of mystery while reading, which was strengthen further by how many things are left to the imagination and remain unresolved.I do have to say that I strongly believe that this book isn t for everyone, especially due to the large extent of maritime information I m a huge lover of ocean animals though, so I certainly felt lots of joy while reading


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    I did enjoy this but you could definitely tell it was written in the 19th century during an age of colonialism Some of the chapters were difficult to read because of the incredibly dated and exclusivist language Though, for this reason, it was also quite interesting to read critically.


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    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 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 description here is usually simply long lists of marine species whose appearance most readers have no idea of to blame on them and how much on Verne In any case, those characteristics are fully in view in the translation of this novel that I read, in addition to the basic 19th century diction which will be off putting to many modern readers anyway my wife chose not to finish the book The success of the book when it was written, in my opinion, owed muchto the novelty of the premise than to the execution of the finished product and today, where submarines and undersea travel are commonplace, that factor doesn t operate This is a pity, because Captain Nemo is actually one of Verne scomplex and memorable characters, and deserves a better literary medium for his story


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    As a story of adventure, Jules Verne s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea seems a bit dated However, even though it is told as a tale of adventure, there isto Verne s famous story The science in Twenty Thousand Leagues, especially considering the time it was published, is amazing We got a sort of psychological account of Captain Nemo, but I would have likedbackstory on how he got to be the man our protagonist meets What were his accomplishments before he became the recluse we As a story of adventure, Jules Verne s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea seems a bit dated However, even though it is told as a tale of adventure, there isto Verne s famous story The science in Twenty Thousand Leagues, especially considering the time it was published, is amazing We got a sort of psychological account of Captain Nemo, but I would have likedbackstory on how he got to be the man our protagonist meets What were his accomplishments before he became the recluse we see in the story Still, it was an easy read and, since I m now scuba diving in Honduras, quite timely 3.5 stars


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    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.


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    For years this is what Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meant to meLook familiar I know, I knowThat 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 ascientific and character based slant Verne takes his readers on a trip to new worlds, som For years this is what Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meant to meLook familiar I know, I knowThat 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 ascientific and character based slant Verne takes his readers on a trip to new worlds, some real and just recently discovered as well as his own fictionalized lands.This must have been an edge of your seater back when it came out It looks a bit dated when held up to the light of the 21st century though The writing is not stellar, but as pure adventure there are certain passages that still entertain and send someone like myself back to my childhood and that silly ride at Disney