Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  Science Fiction
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Published by Pierre-Jules Hertzel, 1870
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 288
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Synopsis: French naturalist Dr. Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down a sea monster, only to discover instead the Nautilus, a remarkable submarine built by the enigmatic Captain Nemo. Together Nemo and Aronnax explore the underwater marvels, undergo a transcendent experience amongst the ruins of Atlantis, and plant a black flag at the South Pole. But Nemo's mission is one of revenge-and his methods coldly efficient. (adapted from Goodreads)

This book, a classic and one of the first that can be called “science-fiction,” unquestionably validates Verne’s status as the forefather of the genre.  It reads as a travel log, telling of an unlikely trio’s journeys around the world and under its surface. Verne writes in colorful language of an eclectic mix of undersea adventures, all with the eccentric Captain Nemo at the helm.  Descriptions of the Nautilus and other scientific marvels within the book are decades ahead of their time and challenge present-day writers to exercise every fiber of their creativity when authoring new and fantastic tales.  Yet it is the moral conundrum that the protagonist faces that makes this book worth every cent of its cost.  Professor Aronnax, Nemo’s guest aboard the Nautilus, is torn between exploring the depths of the world with Nemo and his crew or returning to the dry land from which he was uprooted.  It is a bit of a long read, but is without a doubt one of the most profound contributions to science-fiction.

four-half-stars

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