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Jules Verne , Mendor Brunetti
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Book Description

1994 Penguin Popular Classics
French naturalist Professor Aronnax has joined a task force to rid the seas of a monster that is terrorizing shipping lanes. But the Professor’s mission takes an unexpected turn when he falls overboard – to be rescued by a submarine called Nautilus, built by the mysterious Captain Nemo. At first this new journey is exciting, as Nemo takes Aronnax on an adventure through underwater marvels, but soon he realizes that his host’s motives may be more sinister than he realized. This triumphant work of the imagination shows the limitless possibilities of science and the dark depths of the human mind.


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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1st Penguin Classic Edition edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140621180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140621181
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.4 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the eldest of five children
of a prosperous family claiming French, Breton, and Scottish
ancestry. His early years were happy apart from an unfulfilled
passion for his cousin Caroline. Literature always attracted him
and while taking a law degree in Paris he wrote a number of plays.
His first book, about a journey to Scotland, was not published
during his lifetime. However, in 1862, Five Weeks in a Balloon was
accepted by the publisher Hetzel, becoming an immediate success.
It was followed by Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty
Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days,
and sixty other novels, covering the whole world (and below
and beyond). Verne himself travelled over three continents, before
suddenly selling his yacht in 1886. Eight of the books appeared after
his death in 1905--although they were in fact written partly by his
son, Michel.

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Professor Aronnax, his faithful servant, Conseil, and the Canadian harpooner, Ned Land, begin an extremely hazardous voyage to rid the seas of a little-known and terrifying sea monster. However, the "monster" turns out to be a giant submarine, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, by whom they are soon held captive. So begins not only one of the great adventure classics by Jules Verne, the 'Father of Science Fiction', but also a truly fantastic voyage from the lost city of Atlantis to the South Pole. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Unbearably thrilling and romantic...full of Verne's gentle humour" Daily Mail "Among the deep-sea volcanoes, shoals of swirling fish, giant squid and sharks, Captain Nemo steers the Nautilus. Nemo is the renegade scientist par excellence, a man madly inventive in his quest for revenge" Sunday Telegraph "A tale of terror, suspense and wonder" Guardian "Fabulous...the pace is sharp and the story as dramatic and engaging as ever" Daily Express "Verne's imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time" Daily Mail

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too many fish 27 Aug 2003
Format:Paperback
Science fiction in most cases has a naturally short shelf life, as science advances and leaves the ideas contained in such books behind, often looking ridiculous and quaint. Therefore credit is due to Jules Verne for his major achievement in creating a timeless tale that still delights, years after submarines have become fairly commonplace, thousands upon thousands of people scuba dive as an every day sport and those that don't have the opportunity to witness the wonders of the deep thanks to the submersibles that take TV cameras down for countless exploration documentaries.
The authors excellent prose reads poetically and easily even after translation from it's original language, the translation in this issue is brilliantly done, and the fact that the original story was serialised means that uniform length chapters - each describing its own adventure - make for a pleasantly easy going read.
However, this is also the downfall of the book and the reason for only awarding it four stars. The chapter formula is repeated again and again and again, each one being slowed down by scientific lists of the species of life (fish, molluscs, seaweed) both in laymans terms and scientifically categrosied that appear too frequently throughout the novel. Whilst Vernes obvious enthusiasm for nature and science carry the reader along for the first half of the book, the repetitiveness of these lists not only began to bore me in the second half but added unnecessary weight to a book that I was ready to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stuff 17 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Being new to the writings of Jules Verne, I had no idea what to expect, other than a fantasy story. Though I was greatly surprised. Set in the late 19th century, the story unfolds embracing the central characters both in relation to the time period and technological advances, as well as a heap of informative factual information. I couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Verne the way he was meant to be read! 10 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
When I was a child I loved reading the stories of Julio Verne. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days were my favorites. This new translation based on the original French texts is amazing, it moves quickly and I discovered things that I had never read in other English versions. You get more of Verne's politics here than in earlier translations including such memeorable phrases as: "The world needs no new continents, it needs new people."

The characters are well developed and you can indentify with all of them and how they view their effective captivity aboard the Nautilus. Captain Nemo is a wonderful character and Verne gives the reader just enough information about him to keep you enthralled but not enough to remove the mystery. The intro relates that Nemo was supposed to be a Polish aristocrat, getting back at the world for the the atrocities the Russians had commited against his family. But when Hetzel his publisher balked at the idea because of the new Franco Russian alliance Verne decided to remove any trace of nationality.

What else can be said? The English is not archaic!! This restored and annotated version, is a VAST improvement over previous English editions. The translation is very well done, and the annotations explain what has been changed and what previous translations accomplished. The wealth of background information also makes this one of the best English translations of this adventure I have ever read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ REVIEW FOR ***CORRECT TRANSLATION*** 27 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There are three significant translations of this book, and amazon's lacklustre book-sorting system creates nothing but chaos when searching for the correct format / translation of this book. I'm here to help!

note: (find the version you are looking for with the ISBN numbers I've provided at the bottom of this review, you can just copy and paste them into the amazon search field and hit GO).

Here are excerpts from the three most common translations:

Paragraph one, translated by Mercier Lewis -
THE YEAR 1866 WAS signalized by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumors which agitated the maritime population, and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the governments of several states on the two continents, were deeply interested in the matter.

Paragraph one, translated by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter (1996) -
THE YEAR 1866 was marked by a bizarre development, an unexplained and downright inexplicable phenomenon that surely no one has forgotten. Without getting into those rumors that upset civilians in the seaports and deranged the public mind even far inland, it must be said that professional seamen were especially alarmed. Traders, shipowners, captains of vessels, skippers, and master mariners from Europe and America, naval officers from every country, and at their heels the various national governments on these two continents, were all extremely disturbed by the business.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD CLASSIC
JUST STARTED THE BOOK, ALL AS GOOD AS THE FILM,YEARS AGO ONTV.A GOOD BOOK FOR YOUR KINDLE ONE OF THE CLASSICS,
Published 29 days ago by Edward Bond
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A narrative that easily stands the test of time. Would have given it five stars but for the large amount of space filling by describing numerous varieties of fish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by keith
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the read
I enjoyed this book but it did lose my interest often when the explanation of the marine creatures got quite technical and filled with jargon.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars 20,000 Leagues.
IT'S Jules Verne that's the first reason to get this book and read it. Read this book when I was about 11 or 12 years old,that's a long while ago. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Book
I bought this book being an admirer of the things I've heard of Vernes work but never actually reading it. I decided that enough was enough and I had to read a classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MattS
3.0 out of 5 stars Who, Why
I've heard of Nemo and the Nautilus but never before read the book or seen the movie, so brought this book not knowing what to expect. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stacy Willis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Jules's jewels after all
Loved the book as a child! Loved the Disney movie! But my re-reading it after all these years revealed the narrative as rather dry and the dialogue as a bit clunky. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Yates
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit boring
I'm not sure why I struggled with this book - not the language or the actual story but there was nothing to keep me engrossed and the book took me nearly two weeks to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding work of literature. Verne was the greatest visionary I...
I would recommend this book to anyone and it should be compulsory for pupils and students of ages over 12
Published 6 months ago by Harry Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories
I read this as a child and thought it fantastic. My dad took me to watch the film with the perfect casting of Kirk Douglas and James Mason and I sat through it open-mouthed (so my... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sleath
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