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Verne Jules : Twenty Thousand Leagues under Sea (Sc) (Signet classics) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jules Verne , Mendor T Brunetti
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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1 Dec 1990 0451524535 978-0451524539 Reissue
An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention -- a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo.  Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole . . .as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society.

More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this classic novel, written in 1870, foretells with uncanny accuracy the inventions and advanced technology of the twentieth century and has become a literary stepping-stone for generations of science fiction writers.

From the Paperback edition.
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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Reissue edition (1 Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451524535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451524539
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,345,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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"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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Extra-special futuristic 3D edition! Each book comes with 3D glasses!

From the grandpère of science fiction - an adventure classic of deep-sea volcanoes, giant squid and the renegade scientist Captain Nemo

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verne the way he was meant to be read! 10 May 2007
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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9 of 10 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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too many fish 27 Aug 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explore a new world with Verne 3 Sep 2007
Jules Verne's chosen narrator writes passionately about the natural world, and his enthusiasm is easily communicated to the reader. Heading off originally on a mission to rid the ocean of a gigantic sea monster, the narrator Aronnax and his companions discover the redoubtable Captain Nemo and his submarine the Nautilus. On the subsequent voyage, Aronnax dwells with the most pleasure on the many varieties of marine life they encounter (and indeed, his manservant functions almost entirely to classify and name the different creatures, this being the majority of his conversation). Their fascination with everything they encounter is no less than inspiring, even with Ned Land as a homesick counterpoint to their delight. Their wonder and delight, throughout their adventures, is a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good story.
Well written, good story.
Published 1 month ago by Annie
3.0 out of 5 stars and I regret I found it a disappointment. But then what do you expect
I read this many years ago as a boy, and I regret I found it a disappointment. But then what do you expect?
Published 1 month ago by Charles Hooker
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
this book started well but went down hill after and did a lot of unnecessary explanation. and there are characters who turn up and we don't know who they are
Published 3 months ago by Vincent Lyddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classics
A must for anyone who loves classical adventure, geography, nature, and Jules Verne. A brilliant read. The price of it was unbelievable for such a good quality book.
Published 3 months ago by Inna McDonagh
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I wished to read this book at this time.
This is a novel I first read 60 years ago and wanted to refresh my memory of how the story unfolded and compare it with the film of the same name, staring James Mason and Kirk... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Reeves
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD CLASSIC
Published 6 months ago by FLEETWOOD
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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago by Christopher Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice translation
A good translation of a wonderful book.
Verne's exploration of the capacity of science to depict the unknown in a lyrical, artistic manner is better understood through the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lucy Jeczalik
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