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Book Review: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

This was a book that’s been on our shelf for quite some time. I bought it a few years ago as I want to have our own library one day and I thought it would be a great book to have in our collection.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

Written by Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a science fiction novel that takes you on an underwater adventure aboard the Nautilus with Captain Nemo and his companions –  Pierre Arronax, a French marine biologist, his assistant Conseil and a Canadian harpooner named Ned Land. Captain Nemo’s companions were actually captured by the vessel after trying to bring it down in the open seas thinking it was a giant sea monster.

Adventures and secrets abound onboard the Nautilus as they travel 20,000 leagues around the globe visiting places yet discovered.

Throughout the book, Jules Verne does an excellent job of character development with Captain Nemo. He gives the reader just enough information and insight to try to figure out why Nemo has built this secret submersible and forsaken land without truly revealing Nemo’s actual reason.

The one thing that I didn’t enjoy so much was all of the actual scientific names and references Pierre Arronax made note of throughout the book. I thought it was a little overdone in some places and unnecessary in others. But I do appreciate the amount of detail and knowledge Jules Verne put into this book, especially considering the time period that he wrote it in and the technology he describes, which was not common by any means. It was very imaginative, which was probably why I liked the book so much overall.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes science fiction. It was as easy read (except for some of those scientific names) and was entertaining. There were not any real slow or boring parts, which is what I look for in a good book.

Book Details:
Author: Jules Verne
Date Published: 1870
Genre: Science fiction
Total Pages: 343
Favorite Line: “We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.”

Have you read this book? What did you think? I am now a little curious to watch the movies that were based on this book to see how it compares. There have only been a handful of movies, in my opinion, that have been just as good as the book. So we’ll see how this one stacks up.

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