Jules Verne's timeless classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, is beautifully presented in this hard-bound edition with stunning artwork by Scott McKowen. Verne is a clever writer who weaves together interesting and unique characters and plotlines. In 20,000 Leagues, we find the story of Pierre Aronnax, a French scientist, and his undersea journey with the formidable Captain Nemo. Off to search for a treacherous sea creature with his colleagues, his servant-boy and a Canadian whale-hunter, Aronnax stumbles upon a surprise: the sea creature is none other than Nemo and his submarine vessel. After boarding the submarine, Aronnax is in for the ride of his life as Nemo takes them on encounters with ice bergs, underwater volcanoes, and buried treasure.
What made this story most interesting to me was Verne's obvious intelligence and creativity throughout the story. Written in 1869, submarines had yet to be invented, and much of the knowledge of undersea creatures and terrain had yet to be discovered. Yet, Verne is surprisingly accurate is many of his descriptions and ideas.
The book is rather on the long side and can get dull at times. Verne can get swept up in his detailed descriptions of the various creatures of the ocean, even if they are just your typical fish. But Verne's sense of humor and love of adventure keep the plot moving at a fairly decent pace throughout this work. Another down point of this particular edition is that the illustrator's talent is largely unused. Other than the cover art, there were only about 5 illustrations throughout the entire book. Overall, the book was well worth reading and this edition is destined to be a family keepsake.
This book is done in the style of a graphic novel or comic book with color illustrations and "panels". A perfect choice for a teen or pre-teen that would enjoy the wonderful story but that might not enjoy reading only pages of black and white text. It brings the story more alive and helps a younger person envision the settings of that time period that they otherwise aren't familiar with.
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I know I listened to this audio book, but I don't remember loving it or hating it, and now, close to a year later, I don't have any strong, lingering feelings for it. I guess I would have to say that it was just OK for me. I know it's considered a classic by many, but I don't think it quite lived up to all the hype.
One of the best novels from one of the best science fiction writers of all time. Literary and thrilling, even 120 years later. The original translator did such a poor job that this book never got the respect in the US that it did in France. Newly retranslated and annotated, the US reader can now get the full effect of this wonderful tale.
The story is told by Professor Aronnax, who agrees to investigate a series of attacks by a mysterious sea monster. He joins the crew of the ship Abraham Lincoln. The men encounter what they believe is the monster, but turns out to be a large, state-of-the-art submarine, the Nautilus. Aronnax and a hot tempered harpoonist, Ned Land, are imprisoned on this vessel, captained by the misanthropic recluse, Nemo. Nemo takes them around the world. Verne's descriptions of the underwater world, with its exotic creatures and sunken ships, shine.
This is an all time classic tale, it is the one for which Jules Verne is perhaps most famous.
Captain Nemo is a complex character that is both lovable and frightening. One is never sure if he is insane or passionate. The story explores not only the ocean, but the depths of one's self.
Advice for any reader is: feel free to skip some paragraphs. To make the story seem more real, Jules Verne added a TON of scientific details. He literally lists ALL the fish he saw. Unless you are a Marine Biologist, you will find these paragraphs totally pointless.
Other than that, don't skip anything because the story is full of detail that really makes you think! A definite MUST READ.
The description for this book is wrong. For whatever reason people just keep copying and pasteing descriptions from amazon without even reading what they say. This copy of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas is an easy to read Little Unicorn Classic Series. There are lots of pictures that are very nice and would be a cute version for a younger child. This book has been edited a whole lot.