Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has got to be my favorite Jules Verne book. I don’t know if I am a confirmed ‘Vernian’ or not – I certainly don’t go exploring remote islands or tunneling deep under the earth in my spare time – but my fascination of Verne’s works as a child has only grown exponentially as I age. The first version I read was a small grade school thing for young readers, in a very short or abridged format. But I wholly recommend reading the complete book.
A mysterious sea creature, maybe like a giant whale is seen by many ships. One ocean liner is even a bit damaged, and curiosity peaks. The United States government wants to get together a search mission or research group that will track down this sea monster. Professor Arronax, a famous French marine biologist happens to be visiting the US, eagerly signs up for the expedition. Add a faithful servant and a master harpoonist, and a fair maiden. The expedition finally encounters the beast, confronts it and is defeated. The professor and his comrades in arms find themselves on a submarine, the likes of which has never been seen before. Now begins the journey on the Nautilius with the enigmatic Captain Nemo.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is your ultimate thriller and romance rolled into one. It is fascinating to read about the self sustaining Nautilius. There are sights to be seen, the world to be traveled – under water of course, and every day is a new experience for the travelers. Captain Nemo tries to charm all of them and has something for every one. Will the travelers get homesick and long for their old life? Or will they choose to remain on the Nautilius, studying and working on advancements in science most humans are unaware of?
Although this is science fiction, I think I would label it more as an adventure. Many of the things written about here are still not part of my body of knowledge. It is amazing how an author conceived and wrote about such things hundreds of years ago. Movie buffs will enjoy the film version. But I think reading it is more enjoyable and thrilling. Of course, digital technology can do wonders and it is worth seeing the movie adaptation too.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a book I have read often, and will keep reading whenever I get a chance. Fully recommended for kids of all ages!
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