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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Bantam…

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Bantam Classics) (original 1870; edition 1985)

by Jules Verne, Anthony Bonner (Translator)

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Retells the adventures of a French professor and his two companions as they sail above and below the world's oceans as prisoners on the fabulous electric submarine of the deranged Captain Nemo.
Title:20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Bantam Classics)
Authors:Jules Verne
Other authors:Anthony Bonner (Translator)
Info:Bantam Classics (1985), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Home Library, Your library
Tags:Science Fiction, Mystery

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (Author) (1870)

  1. 40
    The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Also featuring Captain Nemo
  2. 40
    Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Morteana)
  3. 30
    Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Nemo Rising is a modern sequel to Jules Verne's work
  4. 20
    Two Planets by Kurd Laßwitz (spiphany)
    spiphany: Another classic of early science fiction.
  5. 21
    The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham (generalkala)
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This book is about a Professor, the Professor's colleague, and another man who's friends with the professor and his colleague. The friend's name is Ned, the professor's name is Aronnax, and the professor's colleague's name is Conseil. In the beginning of the book the captain and his two friends are invited on the ship called the Abraham Lincoln to find a sea creature that's been bothering people out at sea. The professor and everybody else on board tried their hardest but they just couldn't find the creature. A few days later the captain said to turn the ship around however right when the crew was turning the ship something hit the boat. Everybody thought that the creature was a electrical narwhal but nobody actually knew what it was. Ned on the other hand was getting a harpoon to try and capture the creature. But when Ned threw the harpoon the harpoon bent when it came into contact with the creature. The creature shook the Abraham Lincoln and some men went flying off of the boat into the sea including Aronnax, Ned, and Conseil. But little did they know it was actually a ship called the Nautilus piloted by Captain Nemo. The problem in this story is the fact that Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned are trying to plan a escape plan to leave Nemo's ship. They eventually escaped during the night in a rowboat and that's how the story ends.
I really liked this book because the genre was adventure and I like adventure books. My favorite part of the book was when Captain Nemo showed Aronnax Atlantis. My least favorite part of the book was when Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned left the Nautilus. They should have stayed on that ship because they were being fed well and they were given the option to explore the sea whenever they wanted. They also could have at least bid farewells to the crew and Captain Nemo, but instead they were so sick and ready to leave the Nautilus. I think the main idea of this story is how beautiful the ocean is. What I mean by this is that the author is telling you how beautiful the sea really is. I only generate one thought and that thought was being on the Nautilus. I would really want to be on this ship because it would be a cool experience because I could be able to explore the ocean and its surroundings. ( )
  SVault.ELA2 | Oct 6, 2019 |
this was my classic book i decided to read this year. it was a quick and easy read a little different then what i taught it was gonna be about but enjoyed it and would recommend it. ( )
  cbloky | Oct 2, 2019 |
I had never actually read this before, despite being a fan of both science fiction and older fiction / horror (Lovecraft, Poe, Frankenstein, etc). I definitely enjoyed the book as it tells both a good story and proposed excellent science fiction (for the time ... now submarines and diving suits of all kinds aren't in their infancy, so it's interesting to see what Verne thought they could become). The down-sides of this story are:

a) the translation aspect leaves you wondering in many places if the English version(s) are at all accurate representations, or are somewhat dry /because/ of the translation
b) the long lists of various sea life and over-detailing of many objects gets tedious throughout the book
c) the ending leaves several fates unresolved that I feel we'd want to know more about

Still a very interesting read and a window into the times and the infancy of sci-fi. ( )
  Mactastik | Sep 4, 2019 |
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  Alba26 | Aug 22, 2019 |
The narrator has a habit of listing by genus and phylum every single plant and animal he sees and every shipwreck that has occurred in each region he travels to, but I skimed those and the rest was pretty good. I enjoyed the odd combination of 19th-century-style entitlement with surprisingly modern-sounding environmentalism (that species has been nearly hunted to extinction and this may be the last of its kind...let's eat it! or praising nature for creating new coal deposits in the sargasso sea for humanity to use when the land-bound deposits run out, or berating the harpooner for wanting to kill a whale needlessly, then slaughtering a huge group of other whales that came to hunt the first group....) And of course, an ambiguous villain(?) is often enjoyable. ( )
  haloedrain | Aug 3, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Verne, JulesAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adlerberth, RolandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Austin, HenryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aylward, W. J.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, VictoriaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunetti, MendorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butcher, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlquist, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, David StuartIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Neuville, Alphonse MarieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deske, MartinBearbeitungsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drabble, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fadiman, CliftonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, John-HenriAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lupo, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mercier, LewisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, RonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, RonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Walter JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitz, Henry C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pratt, FletcherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stawicki, MattCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tirch, Judith AnnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walter, Frederick PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiese, KurtIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Seven Novels by Jules Verne

20,000 leagues under the sea [and] Around the moon by Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth / Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea / Round the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Amazing Journeys: Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Circling the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, and Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

The Annotated Jules Verne: Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne


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The year 1866 was marked by a strange event, an unexplainable occurrence which is undoubtedly still fresh in everyone's memory.
In the year 1866 the whole maritime population of Europe and America was excited by a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon.
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
I leave you at liberty to shut yourself up; cannot I be allowed the same?
Like you, I am willing to live obscure, in the frail hope of bequeathing one day, to future time, the result of my labours.
At ten o'clock in the evening the sky was on fire. The atmosphere was streaked with vivid lightning. I could not bear the brightness of it; while the captain, looking at it, seemed to envy the spirit of the tempest.
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This LT work should be editions containing the complete text of Jules Verne's 1869 novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Please do not combine it with any abridgements, adaptations, young readers' versions (see working list, below), pop-up books, Chick-fil-A editions, graphic novels, annotated editions, multi-title compendiums, single volumes of a multi-volume edition, or other, similar works based on the original.
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Working list of abridged editions not to be combined with the standard editions - Best Loved Books for Young Children, Children's Classics, Great Illustrated Classics, Treasury of Illustrated Classics, Classics Illustrated, Classic Starts Series, Saddleback Illustrated, Stepping Stone Books, Now Age Classics, Young Collectors, (believe it or not) American Short Stories, Deans Children's Classics, anything by Malvina Vogel, Van Gool Adventure Series, Bring the Classics to Life,

The 1990 ed. of the Great Illustrated Classics contains the complete text (per L of C), ISBN 0895773473.
This is a youg reader adaptation of the original Jules Verne's Novel. Please, do not combine with the original one. Thanks
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