20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

by Jules Verne
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Overview

For the past 120 years, readers of English have known only a poor imitation of Jules Verne's classic French novel Vingt Mille Lieues Sous les Mers and consequently relegated the writer to the category of a "boy's author". Since 1873 the standard English version has been Lewis Mercier's mangled "translation," a work that's filled with errors, mistranslations, and bogus additions, and missing nearly a quarter of Verne's original text.

Now, thanks to the life-long efforts of two Verne scholars, the English-speaking world at last has access to a definitive translation, the only English version based solely on the level of literary artist and scientific visionary, a category he has always enjoyed in Europe and Russia.

Mercier's act of literary vandalism went unnoticed until 1965, when New York University English professor Walter Miller discovered the missing text and began the restoration of the Verne masterpiece. After nearly thirty years of work, including rigorous examinations of his translation by experts in marine technology and biology, Miller teamed that Frederick Paul Walter in 1992 to create this landmark scientific and literary achievement.

Restored to the volume along with the original woodcut illustrations are the entertaining and often prescient drams of Captain Nemo, widely considered the prototypical science-fiction character. In this novel alone Verne has anticipated submarine diving planes, scuba gear, underwater laboratories, and marine ecological disasters. He also inspired large-scale underwater mining and farming of flora and fauna, and electricity from thermoclines, all currently in development.

Restoration of these visionary ideas and some twenty-three percent of the original text is certain to elevate Verne's standing in American scientific and literary circles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517428617
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2015
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Carl Bowen's novel, Shadow Squadron:Elite Infantry, earned a starred review from Kirkus. He lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1828

Date of Death:

March 24, 1905

Place of Birth:

Nantes, France

Place of Death:

Amiens, France

Education:

Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


By Jules Verne, T. A. Barron

Tom Doherty Associates

Copyright © 1995 Jules Verne
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-0353-4


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
PART ONECHAPTER IA Shifting ReefTHE YEAR 1866 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the Governments of several States on the two continents, were deeply interested in the matter.For some time past vessels had been met by "an enormous thing," a long object, spindle-shaped, occasionally phosphorescent, and infinitely larger and more rapid in its movements than a whale.The facts relating to this apparition (entered in various log-books) agreed in most respects as to the shape of the object or creature in question, the untiring rapidity of its movements, its surprising power of locomotion, and the peculiar life with which it seemed endowed. If it was a whale, it surpassed in size all those hitherto classified in science. Taking into consideration the mean of observations made at divers times--rejecting the timid estimate of those who assigned to this object a length of two hundred feet, equally with the exaggerated opinions which set it down as a mile in width and three in length--we might fairly conclude that this mysterious being surpassed greatly all dimensions admitted by the learned ones of the day, if it existed at all. And that it did exist was an undeniable fact; and, with that tendency which disposes the human mind in favour of the marvellous, we can understand the excitement produced in the entire world by this supernatural apparition. As toclassing it in the list of fables, the idea was out of the question.On the 20th of July, 1866, the steamer Governor Higginson, of the Calcutta and Burnach Steam Navigation Company, had met this moving mass five miles off the east coast of Australia. Captain Baker thought at first that he was in the presence of an unknown sandbank; he even prepared to determine its exact position when two columns of water, projected by the mysterious object, shot with a hissing noise a hundred and fifty feet up into the air. Now, unless the sandbank had been submitted to the intermittent eruption of a geyser, the Governor Higginson had to do neither more nor less than with an aquatic mammal, unknown till then, which threw up from its blow-holes columns of water mixed with air and vapour.Similar facts were observed on the 23rd of July in the same year, in the Pacific Ocean, by the Columbus, of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company. But this extraordinary creature could transport itself from one place to another with surprising velocity; as, in an interval of three days, the Governor Higginson and the Columbus had observed it at two different points of the chart, separated by a distance of more than seven hundred nautical leagues.Fifteen days later, two thousand miles farther off, the Helvetia, of the Compagnie-Nationale, and the Shannon, of the Royal Mail Steamship Company, sailing to windward in that portion of the Atlantic lying between the United States and Europe, respectively signalled the monster to each other in 42° 15' N. lat. and 60° 35' W. long. In these simultaneous observations they thought themselves justified in estimating the minimum length of the mammal at more than three hundred and fifty feet, as the Shannon and Helvetia were of smaller dimensions than it, though they measured three hundred feet over all.Now the largest whales, those which frequent those parts of the sea round the Aleutian, Kulammak, andUmgullich islands, have never exceeded the length of sixty yards, if they attain that.In every place of great resort the monster was the fashion. They sang of it in the cafés, ridiculed it in the papers, and represented it on the stage. All kinds of stories were circulated regarding it. There appeared in the papers caricatures of every gigantic and imaginary creature, from the white whale, the terrible "Moby Dick" of sub-arctic regions, to the immense kraken, whose tentacles could entangle a ship of five hundred tons and hurry it into the abyss of the ocean. The legends of ancient times were even revived.Then burst forth the unending argument between the believers and the unbelievers in the societies of the wise and the scientific journals. "The question of the monster" inflamed all minds. Editors of scientific journals, quarrelling with believers in the supernatural, spilled seas of ink during this memorable campaign, some even drawing blood; for from the sea-serpent they came to direct personalities.During the first months of the year 1867 the question seemed buried, never to revive, when new facts were brought before the public. It was then no longer a scientific problem to be solved, but a real danger seriously to be avoided. The question took quite another shape. The monster became a small island, a rock, a reef, but a reef of indefinite and shifting proportions.On the 5th of March, 1867, the Moravian, of the Montreal Ocean Company, finding herself during the night in 27° 30' lat. and 72° 15' long., struck on her starboard quarter a rock, marked in no chart for that part of the sea. Under the combined efforts of the wind and its four hundred horsepower, it was going at the rate of thirteen knots. Had it not been for the superior strength of the hull of the Moravian, she would have been broken by the shock and gone down with the 237 passengers she was bringing home from Canada.The accident happened about five o'clock in the morning, as the day was breaking. The officers of the quarterdeckhurried to the after-part of the vessel. They examined the sea with the most careful attention. They saw nothing but a strong eddy about three cables' length distant, as if the surface had been violently agitated. The bearings of the place were taken exactly, and the Moravian continued its route without apparent damage. Had it struck on a submerged rock, or on an enormous wreck? They could not tell; but, on examination of the ship's bottom when undergoing repairs, it was found that part of her keel was broken.This fact, so grave in itself, might perhaps have been forgotten like many others if, three weeks after, it had not been re-enacted under similar circumstances. But, thanks to the nationality of the victim of the shock, thanks to the reputation of the company to which the vessel belonged, the circumstance became extensively circulated.The 13th of April, 1867, the sea being beautiful, the breeze favourable, the Scotia, of the Cunard Company's line, found herself in 15° 12' long. and 45° 37' lat. She was going at the speed of thirteen knots and a half.At seventeen minutes past four in the afternoon, whilst the passengers were assembled at lunch in the great saloon, a slight shock was felt on the hull of the Scotia, on her quarter, a little aft of the port-paddle.The Scotia had not struck, but she had been struck, and seemingly by something rather sharp and penetrating than blunt. The shock had been so slight that no one had been alarmed, had it not been for the shouts of the carpenter's watch, who rushed on to the bridge, exclaiming, "We are sinking! we are sinking!" At first the passengers were much frightened, but Captain Anderson hastened to reassure them. The danger could not be imminent. The Scotia, divided into several compartments by strong partitions, could brave with impunity any leak. Captain Anderson went down immediately into the hold. He found that the sea was pouring into the fifth compartment; and the rapidity of the influx proved that the force of the water was considerable. Fortunately this compartment did not hold the boilers, or the fires would have been immediately extinguished.Captain Anderson ordered the engines to be stopped at once, and one of the men went down to ascertain the extent of the in jury. Some minutes afterwards they discovered the existence of a large hole, two yards in diameter, in the ship's bottom. Such a leak could not be stopped; and the Scotia, her paddles half submerged, was obliged to continue her course. She was then three hundred miles from Cape Clear, and, after three days' delay, which caused great uneasiness in Liverpool, she entered the basin of the company.The engineers visited the Scotia, which was put in dry dock. They could scarcely believe it possible; at two yards and a half below water-mark was a regular rent, in the form of an isosceles triangle. The broken place in the iron plates was so perfectly defined that it could not have been more neatly done by a punch. It was clear, then, that the instrument producing the perforation was not of a common stamp and, after having been driven with prodigious strength, and piercing an iron plate 13/8 inches thick, had withdrawn itself by a backward motion.Such was the last fact, which resulted in exciting once more the torrent of public opinion. From this moment all unlucky casualties which could not be otherwise accounted for were put down to the monster.Upon this imaginary creature rested the responsibility of all these shipwrecks, which unfortunately were consider able; for of three thousand ships whose loss was annually recorded at Lloyd's, the number of sailing and steam-ships supposed to be totally lost, from the absence of all news, amounted to not less than two hundred!Now, it was the "monster" who, justly or unjustly, was accused of their disappearance, and, thanks to it, communication between the different continents became more and more dangerous. The public demanded sharply that the seas should at any price be relieved from this formidable cetacean.1All new material in this edition is copyright © 1995 by Thomas A. Barron.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Units of Measure xii

First Part 1

1 A Runaway Reef 1

2 The Pros and Cons 7

3 As Master Wishes 13

4 Ned Land 19

5 At Random! 25

6 At Full Steam 31

7 A Whale of Unknown Species 40

8 "Mobilis in Mobili" 48

9 The Tantrums of Ned Land 55

10 The Man of the Waters 61

11 The Nautilus 70

12 Everything through Electricity 78

13 Some Figures 85

14 The Black Current 91

15 An Invitation in Writing 101

16 Strolling the Plains 108

17 An Underwater Forest 115

18 Four Thousand Leagues Under the Pacific 121

19 Vanikoro 129

20 The Torres Strait 138

21 Some Days Ashore 145

22 The Lightning Bolts of Captain Nemo 155

23 "Aegri Somnia" 166

24 The Coral Realm 173

Second Part 181

1 The Indian Ocean 181

2 A New Proposition from Captain Nemo 189

3 A Pearl Worth Ten Million 197

4 The Red Sea 209

5 Arabian Tunnel 216

6 The Greek Islands 227

7 The Mediterranean in Forty-Eight Hours 237

8 The Bay of Vigo 245

9 A Lost Continent 254

10 The Underwater Coalfields 264

11 The Sargasso Sea 274

12 Sperm Whales and Baleen Whales 282

13 The Ice Bank 293

14 The South Pole 304

15 Accident or Incident? 315

16 Shortage of Air 322

17 From Cape Horn to the Amazon 331

18 The Devilfish 339

19 The Gulf Stream 350

20 In Latitude 47°24' and Longitude 17°28' 359

21 A Mass Execution 366

22 The Last Words of Captain Nemo 375

23 Conclusion 382

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"Prichard provides a stalwart narration; his rich, deep voice offers subtle changes for each character." —-School Library Journal

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20,000 Leagues under the Sea 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 200 reviews.
Musikdude8 More than 1 year ago
So I read this book back when I was in middle school and I just remember being absolutely fascinated by it. Jules Verne weaves a tale of adventure and danger, exploring the darkest unknown depths of the oceans in a spectacular way. I now read it at least once every year, and it continues to be my favorite book. It's perfect for long car drives, plane flights, and rainy days. It's a quick page-turner that makes it impossible to put down. Jules Verne really likes to use lots of scientific references and vocabulary, so that may take some getting used to for some readers, especially younger ones, but it's all worth, I promise.
wistuco More than 1 year ago
A Book Review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea By Roger, Grade 7, Yangon International School Imagine traveling underwater to explore the sea for an entire life without even coming back to land! Who would live in an underwater world? What might be the hidden dangers? Are there hidden mysteries? The novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, one of the most translated authors in the world, also known as “Father of Science Fiction”, is a science fiction book that contains adventures, undiscovered mysteries, and secrets to discover, from the underwater world! The story begins with a transoceanic cruise, Abraham Lincoln, tries to hunt the mysterious monster threatening many people in the sea. However, the crew is unable to discover any clue about the monster. That is until the monster bumps into the ship, causes two people to go overboard. After the monster disappeared once again, the two survivors, Professor Aronnax and Counseil, wander around the surrounding area, and discover one more survivor, Ned. Unfortunately, with minimal hope, the three survivors consider themselves dead until: they are stepping on the monster, Nautilus, the futuristic submarine. Nautilus immediately rises above the surface of the water, subjugates the survivors under the control of Captain Nemo, the person that wishes to own his own mini world. His main goal is to explore the sea, the motherland of many dangerous and harmful creatures, along with the three survivors, with the new adventure waiting for them. Verne’s development of the plot was amusing and creative. Even though the story didn’t have any critical theme, graphic and invigorating structure of the story line and the cordial usage of the sentences caused the story to became full of amazing entertainments. Verne also did a terrific job in creating a rare and unusual plot in an underwater. For the characters, Verne decided to add completely different attitudes and behaviors to each of the characters that made them unique and astonishing. As for Captain Nemo, a unique character with a strange attitude, can be both friendly and mean. Even though he wasn’t pleased being hunted at the first place, he still treated the three survivors as if they were friends. On the other side, he feared that his secret would be spread, and decided to subjugate them and never let them leave the crew. His reaction forced the survivors to make an indeterminable decision, and also left them to be bewildered. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea was mainly designed for the teenage readers and some adults that love science fiction. From scale 1 (low) to 5 (high), I rate this a four because the entire story was filled with excitements described by detailed and cordial passages. Besides, the vocabulary usages of the words were not very difficult, so it is easier for young readers to enjoy.
WildMoose More than 1 year ago
I loved this when I first read it several years ago and when I got it on my nook it was even better!!! Very entertaining. Must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a teenager and when I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who truly loves well-written books. What else can I say? It's a classic. (This probably isn't for anyone who has difficulty in reading or doesn't like enigmatic [like that one] words)
Books Maxwell More than 1 year ago
Such a good book I finshed it in 3 days highly recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a classic, so don't expect any modern allusions to Twilight. Nor does it involve love affairs, severe violence, or even a school for witchcraft and wizardry. What Jules Verne does offer is a description of a fantastical world that lies below humankind all along. Sometimes explanations and imagery drag on, but it definitely isn't lacking in detail. The story is interesting and suspenseful. It may not be to your taste if you're more into easy reads, but it is especially wonderful if you're turned on to anything involving underwater life, science, or technology. In that case, this book is definitely for you. The take on man in solitude provides interest as well, giving readers a new scope of society.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is a clas­sic sci­ence fic­tion novel pub­lished in 1870. The book¿s orig­i­nal title Vingt mille lieues sous les mers, the lit­eral trans­la­tion would be "Seas" which might imply the seven seas. The story is told from the view point of Pro­fes­sor Pierre Aron­nax, a famous French marine biol­o­gist. The pro­fes­sor accepts an invi­ta­tion to join an expe­di­tion to destroy a sea mon­ster who is sink­ing ships. Along for the ride come Cana­dian har­poon­ist Ned Land and Con­seil, the professor¿s servant. The expe­di­tion fails, the mon­ster sinks it and the Pro­fes­sor, Ned Land and Con­seil find them­selves at the mercy of Cap­tain Nemo, who com­mands The Nau­tilus, a sub­ma­rine the likes of which have never been seen. I have read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne in two lan­guages and sev­eral ver­sions. I have to say that this trans­la­tion beats them all. The book shows Verne¿s genius which is tough to trans­late, the char­ac­ters come alive on the pages and the adven­tures they go through are excit­ing. The comedic tone and even psy­chol­ogy show well in this won­der­ful translation. As in the pre­vi­ous ver­sions I have read, there are many ¿lists¿ and descrip­tions of the ocean life. I have to say that I did skimmed through the lists but read the descrip­tive parts enthu­si­as­ti­cally. With the excep­tion of intri­cate sci­en­tific names, which lend cred­i­bil­ity to this fan­tasy, I found the book absorb­ing and engross­ing. I¿m glad I read it again. While sub­marines today are com­mon place and almost any­one of can go and visit one (there are sev­eral older sub­marines which one can go on), the fan­tas­tic voy­ages and imag­i­na­tion are inspir­ing today as they were in 1870. What I love about this book is that the trans­la­tors took their time to write an excel­lent intro­duc­tion and, best of all, won­der­ful foot­notes which, as I said time and time again, make a trans­lated book into a cul­tural expe­ri­ence and raises the level of enjoy­ment by mul­ti­ple degrees. Not many peo­ple are aware, but almost a whole quar­ter of the book was lit­er­ally lost in trans­la­tion. This won­der­ful edi­tion, trans­lated by Water James Miller and Fred­er­ick Paul Wal­ter, restores those pages as well as If you ever won­dered what the big hoopla is about Jules Verne, read this ver­sion and you¿ll find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello, i am 11 and i read at a college level and i read the unabridged and now it is my favorite book. I have read lord of the rings, a tale of two cities, a swiss family robinson, and countless other timeless classics.and this one is the best. Verne descibes everything in the book in such a way that you thing it is real and perfectly plausible. Despite that, their undersea adventures are encrideble adventures, making frodos quest look like a morning walk. Each chapter is filled with stunning detail and adventure. Reading the book, i could have sworn that verne was on the sumarine the entire time, and the scientific descriptions of the plants , mechanics, and life under the sea is amazing. I cannot explain the magnificience of this book fully, but if you would like the read the best piece of american literature everconcieved, read this book( unabridged) SINCERELY, I wont tell you my name cause thats weird
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a place for roleplaying! It's for reviewing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Stop being such disrespectful pricks to this piece of literature and move your RP to somewhere appropriate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just amazing i can not stand how good this is from ice to desert an underwater adventure to the worlds best storys Nobody can rate this book 1 ,2,3 and 4 stars (Only five)
Ryan32 More than 1 year ago
20000 leagues under the sea is a very good book. The story tells of action and adventure. It also tells about of a mad sea captain traped aboured a submarine with a bunch of French professors. The adventures incloode uncovering Atalantis, finding unseen tombs. And getting clues of a giant sea squid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is rare that the title of any book so aptly describes the entirety of the text inside. This book is quite literally the diary of a visitor aboard one of the all-time great mad scientists of literature, as they circumvent the globe - mostly underwater. In that the book can be painfully boring without a deeper understanding of what this book did for the general psyche of the age it as penned in. In 1869 the submarines that did exist were mere toys to the mythical phantom that Nemo had so painstakingly built. Much of the map that Verne described was foreign to every reader of the time, oceans being a matter of military concern primarily, and the joy of trying to prove or disprove the possibility of the fantastic underwater passage by tracking the progress of the Nautilus was part of the allure. The careful, rich detail of a man trapped in an underwater prison (albeit one of luxury) at the behest of the world's leading genius of the day (Nemo) holds the story together even when it seems as if the narrative slogs on mile (league) after mile (league). This is not an easy story to read. The action is infrequent and the story bears little resemblance to the Disney movie, but even so it is a divine classic. The predictions laid out by this author (who hardly could be considered an adventurer or world traveler) were more than wild speculation or mere fancy. They directly shaped the future - and that is what makes for great science fiction. I hope you get a chance to enjoy this classic over a few quiet (and preferably wet and soggy) days, with an antique globe or sea charts handy of course.
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus. The story is narrated by a Professor Aronnax, who by accident and chance becomes a part of the ships crew, along with his servant and a whaler called Ned. They travel the seas, exploring the many wonders that the oceans normally keep hidden beneath its waves. I enjoyed the book throughout, however, the beginning and the end chapters are the most interesting, having more adventure to them. Verne is a lover of scientist and he can't help going on and on about the new species of fish and plant life beneath the waves, which are a wonder to the Professor narrating, but all sort of blurs together as any long list of names and descriptions would do. It fits perfectly with the character, of course, since he would have been deeply fascinated by such things, but it's a bit tedious for the reader.
WaterMaster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but it was a little short. The character development was good.Great action scenes and yet still the characters seemed very inteligent.It seemed like anyone who could read could read this because it wasnt in old english or something like that.All in all: 8/10 fruitloops
justabookreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic science-fiction tale. How could I not love this? Maybe I should rephrase that. How could I love this? Because truthfully, I wanted to love it, but didn¿t. I didn¿t hate it. I never stopped reading but I more or less meandered through and even skimmed a few passages.Ships are reporting strange sightings of a creature in oceans across the globe. Theories abound about what this strange creature could be and it¿s Professor Aronnox, a French marine naturalist, who comes up with the best theory. He believes it¿s a huge narwhale attacking ships. He takes to sea on the Abraham Lincoln with a crew of skillful men to destroy it. The crew finds the supposed whale and sets about trying to kill it. Unfortunately, the ship is attacked and the Professor and his manservant, Conseil, are thrown overboard with the ship¿s harpooner, Ned Land. The three get picked up by the Natulis; the underwater ship that was the means of the crash and is the Professor¿s supposed narwhale. Upon meeting Captain Nemo, they¿re told they will not be allowed to leave, and with few options left to them, reluctantly, settle in for the ride. The Professor and Conseil take better to their confinement than Ned, finding the trip an amazing study in nature almost willingly enjoying the sightings and underwater expeditions. Ned, however, wants his freedom and will stop at nothing to once more set foot on dry land.There were times I felt bombarded. There are lists and lists of fish with their classifications. There are lists of grasses with their classifications. There are long paragraphs about ocean depths and temperatures. There are long paragraphs about pressurization. There are long paragraphs where nothing much happens. It was these times when I felt myself drifting off. There are redeeming parts to this story --- the underwater expeditions hunting sharks and exploration of an underwater volcano --- where I found myself fascinated but those parts didn¿t last long. Also, Captain Nemo, while a mysterious figure, is in parts slightly too mysterious for me. I know we only see him from one point of view and he¿s supposed to be this mythical person but why, even if you¿re a marine naturalist fascinated by the things you¿re seeing, would you want to stay onboard the ship of a man obviously so depressed and manic? Another problem I had was the extreme use of the exclamation point. They! Were! Everywhere! I was annoyed but then mostly it made me laugh. I stopped heeding them somewhere around chapter seven but toward the last few pages, they popped back up making me happy to see the end in sight.I thought I read this book but what I remember about this story actually came from an old movie I watched years ago. My memories of the story were movie based and I had certain expectations that weren¿t fulfilled. But that¿s all right. While the story wasn¿t what I was expecting, it was a decent read and I¿m glad I stuck it out to the very end. Exclamation points be damned!
Chissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Captain Nemo and his famous submarine,the Nautilus.They find a town on the sea floor,beautiful coasts and lots of gold.This is the ATLANTIS.I think this story is very fun,because I interested in the sea.But,last is not good I think.
keylawk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jules Verne, managed to expand dramatically from his law school education, to indulge his intense interest in technological achievements by writing some of the first "science" fiction. In 1856 he published Five Weeks in a Balloon, working with Dumas (the younger) to concoct a rattling good story with sparkling repartee. Verne proceeded to intrigue his readers with "science" applications in a new book almost every year thereafter for the next 15 years. All his books were successful, almost timeless adventures, without falling into ideological jungles. Captain Nemo, of the Nautilus, of course, was his most popular creation, although I will always be mystified why Verne never filled in the Captain's provenance or suggested his final fate.
dw0rd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the new translation which adds 25% missing from the original translation. It is well annotated with historic references and updated scientific information. Differences between published versions are given for Verne scholars but they don't interfere with the general narrative. Also, this edition's large size is good for showing the original woodcut graphics. I kept waiting for a boring stretch of reading, like I've experienced in other Verne books, but it never happened. I'm sure the annotations helped. Put your preconceptions behind and get this edition published in 1993 by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis. It is marvelous book.
Stbalbach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel was first translated into English in 1873 by Reverend Louis Page Mercier (aka "Mercier Lewis"). Mercier cut nearly a quarter of Verne's original text and introduced hundreds of translation errors, sometimes dramatically changing the meaning of Verne's original intent. Nonetheless it became the "standard" English translation for over a hundred years, while other translations continued to draw from it - and its mistakes. It was not until a ground-up re-examination of the sources and an entirely new translation by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter between 1989-1991 that many of the "sins" of Mercier were finally corrected. The Miller/Walter translation (Naval Institute Press) is fully annotated, the annotations are as enjoyable as the original text.
edecklund on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the new translation which adds 25% missing from the original translation. It is well annotated with historic references and updated scientific information. Differences between published versions are given for Verne scholars but they don't interfere with the general narrative. Also, this edition's large size is good for showing the original woodcut graphics. I kept waiting for a boring stretch of reading, like I've experienced in other Verne books, but it never happened. I'm sure the annotations helped. Put your preconceptions behind and get this edition published in 1993 by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis. It is marvelous book.
gucchi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story's main character is Captain Nemo.He and his submarine find ba town on the sea.They try to escape from submarine.This story is interesting for me because I like sea.So pictures made me exciting especially.I want to look town in the sea someday.
peyopeyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book didn't have interesting points. But pictures were good,so this book wasn't the worst book for me. If the end were clear,the story would become good. It is my thought. This story's hero is Mr Aronnax,who is a French scientist. He wants to find a giant whale,but one day,he sinked in the sea for the whale's attack on a ship! Next,he was in the submarine whose name is Nautilus. He experiences various pain,discovery and happiness. Please check them while you will be reading this book.
harunak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story was very fantastic.I think travering around the world in the sea seems interesting but dangerous.
Hironari.K on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book. Because I like legends very very much.This book has a legend of 'ATLANTIS'.I want to know more about 'ATLANTIS'.The last scene of this book was misterious...
festa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting. The last scene was mysterious and impressive. I want to know the truth.