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Veinte mil leguas de viaje submarino (original 1870; edition 2012)

by Jules Verne, Agustín Comotto (Illustrator)

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Title:Veinte mil leguas de viaje submarino
Authors:Jules Verne
Other authors:Agustín Comotto (Illustrator)
Info:Nórdica Libros (2012), Edition: 1ª ed., 1ª imp., Perfect Paperback
Collections:Literatura Francesa

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1870)

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Great book, full of undersea adventures, can't wait to read Jules Vernes original. ( )
  Mediana | Dec 21, 2014 |
As a piece of proto science-fiction 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was more or less what I expected. There is some adventure here, but mostly Verne uses the book to discuss his imagined designs of a submarine, diving suits, and other nautical equipment. Also explored is Verne's knowledge of ocean life and the wrecks that have happened therein, as well as his speculation as to the nature of the South Pole and Antarctica. Most of this (besides Antarctica) is quite accurate for the time, though this stopped being so impressive to me when I did some research and found out that much of the equipment Verne described actually existed in at least the prototype stage when Verne was writing this. There is a degree of Verne foreseeing the future of marine technology here, but it is a lesser degree than you might expect. Otherwise the narrative takes the form of a travelogue, hitting a large number of underwater adventure scenarios, but these segments were not overly engaging. Anyway, this might be a good read for you if you are interested in early science fiction or submarine life as conceived in the 1800s, but be prepared for lots of mechanical specifications, discussions of sea currents, and catalogues of fish and not so much in the way of actual excitement. ( )
  BayardUS | Dec 10, 2014 |
Didn't finish. I ran out of time. Too many books requiring my attention right now. After reading Ginny's review I will try to get back to it. ( )
  njcur | Oct 2, 2014 |
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a novel best appreciated when read with the sense of wonder of someone who has seen nothing of the sea but its shore, and whose only acquaintance with marine life comes from the fish market. I won't bother summarizing the plot--the Disney movie most of us have seen is a good approximation of the novel in that respect, and its representation of the principal characters is quite accurate. But the real "star" of the novel is the sea itself, with all its mystery, its fecund variety, and the daily drama of life and death. Surfeited with television documentaries, it is difficult for us to imagine how Verne's novel must have impressed and educated its 19th century readers.

Verne's submarine, the Nautilus, shows impressive foresight in its design. It is only slightly smaller than the American nuclear submarine which, less than a century later, would bear the same name. Its top speed is nearly identical and, like the later Nautilus, Captain Nemo's ship would best demonstrate its capabilities by an epic journey under polar ice. Where Verne was most off base was in his power source. His Nautilus generated electricity from batteries powered by sodium and seawater, and the submarine could travel an entire year on a single charge. He also greatly overestimated the depth of the world's oceans, having his submarine travel to a depth of 16,000 yards, which is almost 4 miles deeper than the Challenger Deep. (The "20,000 leagues" in the title, by the way, comes from the horizontal distance traveled during the novel, not the depth. The French league is, according to Verne, equal to 2.16 English miles, so the Nautilus traveled 43,200 miles in 10 months, a very believable 144 miles per day.)

Captain Nemo's identity, nationality, and the source of his misanthropy are destined to remain a mystery, but his motives will resonate with modern readers. He has a strong ecological ethic, and while he takes fish for food, he deplores the hunting of whales for oil and of seals for fur. He predicts the extinction of several species of whale while doing what he can to prevent it. And though he disdains direct contact with humanity, he works to redress the growing divide between rich and poor, harvesting gold from shipwrecks to provide aid to the underprivileged.

The English translation I read is the one in public domain by Lewis Mercier. It is considered flawed in comparison with modern translations, but I still found it quite entertaining and readable. While at times it does resemble an endless inventory of marine life, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is an entertaining and at times thoughtful adventure. ( )
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Verne, Julesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adlerberth, RolandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Austin, HenryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aylward, W. J.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Neuville, Alphonse Marie deIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pratt, FletcherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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A fresh translation from the original French texts, this edition restores material (nearly 1/4 of the book) missing from other English editions, and corrects numerous scientific and linguistic errors. It is extensively annotated and illustrated.

Combining this *particular* edition with standard English editions of "20,000 Leagues" should (in my view) be strongly discouraged. [user ABVR, 5 Dec 2007]
This is without a doubt the best translation of Jules Verne's science fiction classic. Restoring much that has been lost through inferior translations. Puts Verne back on the pedestal where he belongs!
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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.

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