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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (with the original illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (with the original illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville) [Kindle Edition]

Jules Verne , Alphonse De Neuville , Édouard Riou
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Twenty Thousand (20,000) Leagues Under the Sea (French: Vingt mille lieues sous les mers) is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. It tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax. As the story begins in 1866, a mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition in New York City to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, who happens to be in New York at the time and is a recognized expert in his field, is issued a last-minute invitation to join the expedition, and he accepts.

This ebook edition contains all 70 original illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou.

About the Author

Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the art of science fiction. Born to wealthy parents in the seaport of Nantes, Verne trained to be a lawyer, but quit the profession to write for magazines and the stage. His widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels includes Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne is generally considered a major literary author. He is sometimes called "The Father of Science Fiction."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6859 KB
  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Publisher: e-artnow; 1 edition (25 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B606CN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars What an imagination.! 16 Mar 2013
By Spiker
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I've seen countless versions of this on film and television over the years., but it's the first time I've sat down and read the original book.!!
What a read.!! With an imagination and creativity way ahead of his time, it's a riveting story with an eclectic mix of characters and personalities which often led me to wonder the outcome of the next page, yet alone the final chaper.
Only one critisim, and I'll probably get shot for this, Mr Verne paid too much detail,at times, to listing and describing flora and fauna, page after page often distracting me from the unravelling adventure.
All in all fantastic, but still preferred The Mysterious Island !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the classics 23 Dec 2012
By J. Hall
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We bought this for an 8 year-old, but he's not getting it until I've finished. This series are an excellent way to introduce the book, helping you choose which ones you may like to read "properly"
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By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
In Jules Verne's classic adventure story, a large & incredibly fast sea monster is attacking ships in oceans all over the world. When a marine professor is sent to investigate, he & his companions discover that the 'monster' is in fact an amazing submarine, built & captained by the mysterious mariner Nemo. Amazed by the Nautilus' advanced technology & charmed by its captain, the professor finds it impossible not to admire the very man who has taken him prisoner.

I picked this up after being intrigued by Alan Moore's portrayal of Captain Nemo in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen & I was not disappointed. The original Nemo is every bit as deep & unfathomable as the oceans he commands. Because of this, 20,000 Leagues is still a satisfying read, despite being rather dated in places. Of course, submarines are something which we tend to take for granted nowadays but the atmosphere Verne weaves had me just as mesmerised as the professor, when he's shown around the Nautilus for the first time.

Verne tends to go overboard with the details, merrily cataloguing the dimensions of the vessel, how much water it displaces & the co-ordinates at which various events take place, and so on. But despite this, Nemo's charisma along with the rousing adventure story at its heart made this book difficult to put down.

Looking at the various editions available on Amazon, it seems that many are marketed towards children. Because of the large amounts of detail & dated terminology, I would recommend buying a suitably edited version for pre-teens & would recommend the original for adults, who will get more out of the complex central character, while enjoying a good adventure story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 6 May 2012
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I bought this for my young nephew, as I thought it would be a good way to introduce him to "the classics".
I couldn't put it down when it arrived, very colourful and very good dialogue.
Of course my nephew was the same.
I have since ordered "war of the worlds" from the same series, and thats a winner too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Classic 10 April 2014
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Not a book for everyone even though it is a classic. However the wording is very old-english and sometimes the benefit of having a dictionary on a Kindle is a good idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic 16 Feb 2014
By Alison
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I'm currently reading this book to my 2 boys aged 10 and 7; they both love it and are totally engrossed in the adventure. Both boys are amazed at how a book so old can be so 'relevant' today. That's the magic of Jules Verne!

My only criticism (if you can call it that) is that there is a tad too much detail for youngsters, for example, where Conseil persistently runs through the taxonomy of seemingly all living creatures!

Fabulous book, totally captivating, wonderful adjectives and very thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Marvel 11 Nov 2013
By Gazz
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An absolute classic a delight from start to finish. A comprehensive account of a sea faring voyage. Way ahead of its time and obviously well researched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 20,000 leagues under the sea 30 Aug 2013
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Exciting story but a lot of very technical details in it. I am 53% through it and so far, no illustrations!
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