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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
     

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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by Jules Verne, F. P. Walter
 

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Classic sea stories.

Introduction



"The deepest parts of the ocean are totally unknown to us,"
admits Professor Aronnax early in this novel. "What goes on in
those distant depths? What creatures inhabit, or could inhabit,
those regions twelve or fifteen miles beneath the surface of the water?
It's almost beyond conjecture."

Overview

Classic sea stories.

Introduction



"The deepest parts of the ocean are totally unknown to us,"
admits Professor Aronnax early in this novel. "What goes on in
those distant depths? What creatures inhabit, or could inhabit,
those regions twelve or fifteen miles beneath the surface of the water?
It's almost beyond conjecture."

Jules Verne (1828-1905) published the French equivalents of these words
in 1869, and little has changed since. 126 years later, a Time
cover story on deep-sea exploration made much the same admission:
"We know more about Mars than we know about the oceans."
This reality begins to explain the dark power and otherworldly
fascination of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.

Born in the French river town of Nantes, Verne had a lifelong
passion for the sea. First as a Paris stockbroker, later as a
celebrated author and yachtsman, he went on frequent voyages--
to Britain, America, the Mediterranean. But the specific stimulus
for this novel was an 1865 fan letter from a fellow writer,
Madame George Sand. She praised Verne's two early novels Five Weeks
in a Balloon (1863) and Journey to the Center of the Earth
(1864), then added: "Soon I hope you'll take us into the ocean depths,
your characters traveling in diving equipment perfected by your
science and your imagination." Thus inspired, Verne created one
of literature's great rebels, a freedom fighter who plunged beneath
the waves to wage a unique form of guerilla warfare.

Initially, Verne's narrative was influenced by the 1863 uprising of
Poland against Tsarist Russia. The Poles were quashed with a violence
that appalled not only Verne but all Europe. As originally conceived,
Verne's Captain Nemo was a Polish nobleman whose entire family
had been slaughtered by Russian troops. Nemo builds a fabulous
futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, then conducts an underwater
campaign of vengeance against his imperialist oppressor.

But in the 1860s France had to treat the Tsar as an ally,
and Verne's publisher Pierre Hetzel pronounced the book unprintable.
Verne reworked its political content, devising new nationalities for
Nemo and his great enemy--information revealed only in a later novel,
The Mysterious Island (1875); in the present work Nemo's background
remains a dark secret. In all, the novel had a difficult gestation.
Verne and Hetzel were in constant conflict and the book went
through multiple drafts, struggles reflected in its several
working titles over the period 1865-69: early on, it was variously
called Voyage Under the Waters, Twenty-five Thousand Leagues Under
the Waters, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Waters,
and A Thousand Leagues Under the Oceans.

Verne is often dubbed, in Isaac Asimov's phrase, "the world's
first science-fiction writer." And it's true, many of his
sixty-odd books do anticipate future events and technologies:
From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and Hector Servadac (1877) deal
in space travel, while Journey to the Center

of the Earth features travel to the earth's core. But with Verne
the operative word is "travel," and some of his best-known titles
don't really qualify as sci-fi: Around the World in Eighty Days
(1872) and Michael Strogoff (1876) are closer to "travelogs"--
adventure yarns in far-away places.

These observations partly apply here. The subtitle of the present
book is An Underwater Tour of the World, so in good travelog style,
the Nautilus's exploits supply an episodic story line.
Shark attacks, giant squid, cannibals, hurricanes, whale hunts,
and other rip-roaring adventures erupt almost at random. Yet this loose
structure gives the novel an air of documentary realism. What's more,
Verne adds backbone to the action by developing three recurring motifs:
the deepening mystery of Nemo's past life and future intentions,
the mounting tension between Nemo and hot-tempered harpooner Ned Land,
and Ned's ongoing schemes to escape from the Nautilus. These unifying
threads tighten the narrative and accelerate its momentum.

Other subtleties occur inside each episode, the textures sparkling
with wit, information, and insight. Verne regards the sea from
many angles: in the domain of marine biology, he gives us thumbnail
sketches of fish, seashells, coral, sometimes in great catalogs
that swirl past like musical cascades; in the realm of geology,
he studies volcanoes literally inside and out; in the world of commerce,
he celebrates the high-energy entrepreneurs who lay the Atlantic Cable
or dig the Suez Canal. And Verne's marine engineering proves
especially authoritative. His specifications for an open-sea submarine
and a self-contained diving suit

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012560391
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
01/15/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
345 KB

Meet the Author

Widely regarded as the father of modern science fiction, Jules Verne (1828-1905) wrote more than seventy books and created hundreds of memorable characters. His most popular novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, is not only a brilliant piece of scientific prophecy, but also a thrilling story with superb, subtle characterizations.

Brief Biography

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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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 681 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're going to read one of the great classics of literature¿and you should¿don't pick up this edition. It is a reprint of a version that dates back to the 1870s and was exposed more than 40 years ago for cutting nearly one-quarter of Verne's story and mistranslating much of the remainder. Lewis Mercier was the man responsible for this travesty, yet the publisher tries to conceal what they've done by claiming the translation is by an anonymous hand. An attempt is made to give the volume respectability by adding an introduction and notes by Victoria Blake¿who has no particular credentials for the task. And that leads to goofs¿for instance, she claims Verne never wrote a novel about invisibility, so she mustn't know about the author's Secret of Wilhelm Storitz. In fact, Blake's simply used the better editions that readers are advised to consult. If you want to read Verne's novel, pick up the elegant Naval Institute Press edition, in a modern, complete, updated translation, with commentary by the leading American Verne expert today, Walter James Miller. That book also comes with many of the artistic engravings that illustrated the original French first edition (no illustrations are to be found in the B&N Mercier reprint). Less attractive but more academic is the Oxford Classics version of Twenty Thousand Leagues. Either way, pick one of these to discover this novel, and don't be fooled by the appearance of respectability this book provides. This review is posted on behalf of the North American Jules Verne Society by Jean-Michel Margot, president NAJVS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly thought that the book had one of the best plot lines I've ever seen, reguardless of the fact that there is only slight building up to the climax. The only thing that I didn't think was that good about the book was that about every other page, Jules Verne would go into a paragraph description of the animals. For example, he would say something like: "I just saw a tuna. But not the normal tuna, it was yellow-bellied, had dorsal fins that went at a downward angle, etc." Otherwise, I thought it was a great read and well worth the money. I will be purchasing more of Jules Verne's books very soon. I highly suggest for you to read this book. Another thing, if you enjoyed watching the 1954 "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Film," I highly suggest the book because the movie only gives a small picture of what actually occurred during their submarine venture and the book tells you everything, and the occurrences are just amazing.
The novel basically tells the story of Professor Arronax, Ned Land and Conseil who get taken aboard the Nautilus and experiences many adverntures, such as going to Atlantis, an underwater hunt, getting trapped in an ice block and much more. This book is and, IMO, always will be a true classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only 11 Iove it this is my favorite book of all time!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version contains foot and end notes that are easy to navigate and well formatted. Great ebook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A greatbook if you like classics. It has good end notes at in the back. It loaded quickly, too.
Nazire More than 1 year ago
I usually love the B&N collections. The introductions included are great many of the times (not always), the annotations are a great saver for the modern reader to be able to decipher most of the "dense" paragraphs that without a background knowledge cannot understand. The questions, inspired by and such sections are usually a great addition as well. And finding all of this in one neat little package is great that my library at home is filled with them. Now with that out of my chest, It's really not worth to read this version of such a great story. Jules Verne is known as one of the fathers of science fiction genre and justice was not done to such a great master of words in this edition. The story is creative, innovative and breathtaking. There are extremely long descriptions but which really allows the writer to imagine what is on the paper into a reality very clearly. The plot is interesting and the characters develops nicely, always amply supplied by mystery and intrigue. The ending is open-ended which leads to the writing of another novel, which is a must read for any science fiction lovers. Invest your money in buying a proper edition of this book without any omitted chapters, scenes, paragraphs and a better translation which will serve you better both personally and academically.
Nautilus More than 1 year ago
The book, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne, follows the travels of Professor Pierre Aronnax and the mysterious Captain Nemo through the only frontier on Earth that though sailed by man for thousands of years, but yet unknown to us to this day, the sea. The wonders that Professor Aronnax witnesses on this under sea voyage may only be found in the realm of our imaginations, but still may for a good story that will endure for generations to come.
CJM42 More than 1 year ago
If you have not been fortunate enough to have read Jules Verne in school, you MUST do so now. I have read this book several times, and I enjoy it each time I do so. The brilliance of Jules Verne comes through in his writing of the future. It's hard to imagine the vision necessary to portray future technology so accurately.
Mysidia More than 1 year ago
This was the first Jules Verne book I've ever read, and I eagerly look forward to tackling his other works. My imagination was whisked away from the moment the hypothesized narwhale began its assaults through the final conclusions of Professor Aronnax. Certainly on more than one occasion, I was so immersed in Verne's world pictured so exquisitely, I found myself staying up late at night just so I could complete my push through events and circumstances from which I wouldn't simply walk away for the night. Honestly, while I understand the purpose of its inclusion, I could have gone for less of the scientifically-focused classification of the various fauna and flora: these passages seemed a bit tedious for my liking, and I found myself moving hastily through them. That said, the predominant bulk of this novel captured all senses as though I, too, found myself a fortunate captive of the Nautilus.
RMak More than 1 year ago
The one regret I have in reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is that I did not read it sooner. I turned to it later in life, not having read it during my school years and have found it to be exceeding well written, inspiring, informative, and entertaining. Captain Nemo is a character not soon forgotten as it his submarine craft, the Nautilus. The descriptions of the ship, its inner cabins, and its mechanics is quite remarkable even today. The ability to generate electricity from the sea is something worth exploring more fully even in today’s world of natural gas, oil, wind, and solar power. The entire concept was way ahead of its time. I image that is why it is a classic. I not only recommend this selection as a must read, I advocate its being required reading at the high school or middle school level. It will spark the imagination of those who read and think about it and quite possibly motivate young people to explore their natural world through the studies of math and science. Overall, this is a wonderfully exciting book that is an excellent foundation for writers, thinkers, and would be scientists and adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book, suprisingly. Does not have spelling and grammar issues, and the plot is good and not very boring. Lots of scientific facts make this book very detailed and realistic. I would recommend this book to anyone who is an adept reader with an expanded vocabulary and who loves classics. As an eleven-year-old, I feel comfortable in saying that most kids in seventh grade and up would enjoy this classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK ! DON'T LISTEN TO THE INSULTS OF THIS BOOK BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO IMAGINE THINGS WHILE READING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ToddToups1 More than 1 year ago
Great part of the Leather Bound Classics Collection. Looks great with the other books keeping with the border and star theme as the other books. It's really a must have if your getting the entire series or just one to read or have on the shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome. It is one of my favourite jules verne's books. I only read the first part, and Iam crazy to read the second one. The first time I read it I was just nine years old, and now I am twelve and read it again. I am a fan of jules verne, though he was such a smart person, and besides he described a lot of thibgs in his books that were done in a future: the submarine in this book. Besides, I love how this book is narrated, though it contains a large quantity of descriptions. My favourite character in this story is ned land. The character I hate the most in the whole book is captain nemo. He is so mean with ned land!!! The only thing I would have changed was the servant of aronax; I would have put a woman so she could stay with ned land, like in one of this book's movies. You need to read this awesome narrative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome you really feel like your there. One for my favortive books. I love this book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite classic books. Jules Vern was definitely ahead of his time. The plot was outstanding which made you feel you were one of the main characters, who by the way, were delightful. If u read this, read Mysterious Island next! I highly recommend this book. Vallie
bg_63 More than 1 year ago
If you think about when this was written it boggles the mind. This classic tale predicts so many technologies that would be developed decades later. The story is excellent, I've re-read the book so many times that I've lost count. The only downside of the Nook edition is the unfortunate layout. So many quotes and a biography of Mr. Verne would have been better as an addenda.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is above awsome and I didn't finish the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad l finally got around to reading this great novel. I am looking forward to reading more of Verne's novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomended this to my dad and told him its an excellent read. If you love classics by Jules verne you won't be dissapointed. Even though it has its occassional monotony it kept me on the edge of my seat. If you enjoyed this book try reading the lord of the rings saga its slighting more tedious not that it is tedious but you understand. Woo hoo for the Hobbit im watching it in theater
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this an abridged version?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shut up about ur stupid cat books or games!!! I have seen many books that u nerds were talking about stupid games like pokemon n how to battle other pokemon!!! The auther would like to see what people thought about their books not what u nerds have to say about ur games n entierly different books!!! Shut up already!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is such a great book! I think everyone should read this. It id also useful for science projects
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a great book for middle schoolers and up. It can be a little hard to follow at times, because it is language that I am not used to. It all starts in the begining, when there is a monster roaming the seas. It crashes in to the sides of ships and causes great damage. Then a ship goes out to hunt it, bringing a french scientist who claims that it is a giant narwhale that uses its horn to crash ships. But when the "narwhale" hits there ship, it throws of the scientist, his assistant, and a harpooner, and they relise how wrong there guesses were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book and see no reason to criticize it