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20000 leagues under the sea is a tale about professor Aronnaux g

20000 leagues under the sea is a tale about professor Aronnaux going on a sea mission to find a giant narwhal that can travel up to speeds of 25 knots and destroy boats like they are nothing. they found the giant narwhal and were chasing it until it turned upon then a...
20000 leagues under the sea is a tale about professor Aronnaux going on a sea mission to find a giant narwhal that can travel up to speeds of 25 knots and destroy boats like they are nothing. they found the giant narwhal and were chasing it until it turned upon then and threw Professor Aronnaux, Consiel, and Ned into the ocean. Then the large narwhal found them but it was not a narwhal but a cedar shaped boat that could sail underwater. They were brought into the underwater boat and they go on a fabulous adventure under the sea.
I really liked this book because there was a lot of adventure and was a very interesting book to read. Also it was written before there were submarines so its cool that he predicted that.
I would say that if you like adventure and science you should read this book because it is very interesting and is a very good novel to read.

posted by Tadjusc on May 18, 2012

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne. New York: Scholastic Inc.© 2000. Pages 426

The author of this book, Jules Verne, was born in 1828 in Nantes, France. He was encouraged by his father to study and perceive a career in the field of law. But his love was literature and he followed his heart, creating more than fifty science fiction novels. One of t...
The author of this book, Jules Verne, was born in 1828 in Nantes, France. He was encouraged by his father to study and perceive a career in the field of law. But his love was literature and he followed his heart, creating more than fifty science fiction novels. One of these stories is this book, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was published in 1869. This book also is probably the most popular book in the series Voyage Extraordinaires. Using a scientific eye, Verne predicted future inventions. That is what this book was based on; a ship that could travel at speeds of twenty-five knots per hour and could sail underneath of the water.
This intriguing book begins as a rather mysterious giant "narwhal" keeps appearing in the way of ships. It has caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage by smashing its some what impenetrable shell into the hauls and screws of vessels in its territory. An ambitious scientist, Professor Aronnaux, decides to take a prolonged trip into the Pacific Ocean to find out who or what this creature is. After several months at sea, the crew of the Abraham Lincoln finds the monster and chases it at full speed. They chased the creature for eighteen hours until they finally gave up. Just when they thought that the unknown animal had disappeared back to the depths of the ocean, it came about and smashed into the rear of the ship. The force was so great, that Professor Aronnaux was thrown into the water along with his servant, Consiel, and a harpooner named Ned Land.
Over the course of the night, the three made their way to the mysterious sea monster. Once they reached it, they found out that the exterior layer was not skin. Instead, it was a tough medal. The Professor, Ned Land, and Consiel, through a small opening in the top of the vessel, made their way inside. Once there, they were taken captive and placed in a small room for twenty-four hours. After their detaining, Captain Nemo trusted his newly found friends enough to allow them to sail with him on his journey. They ventured around the under water world for several months, learning and making news discoveries every day.
In my personal opinion of this book, I believe that it has a winding plot; throwing you off guard several times. I found it hard to follow. This book is set to appeal to older audiences. It has a vast vocabulary that is very hard for me to decipher and enjoy. That is the main reason that I have rated this book at three stars. I believe that people that are in college or graduates working in a scientific field would enjoy the knowledge of an array of vegetation and animals describe in this classic. I would not recommend this book to people under the age of fifteen.

posted by 1404107 on April 19, 2010

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