20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Paperback – 2 Feb 2014
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Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 - 24 March 1905) was a French writer who pioneered the science fiction genre. Notable amongst his works are "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Around the World in 80 Days" and "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Bought for my kid,just starting high school and ....they cant relate to it in any way,which i expected,and worse they cant understand the language its written in...
I remember reading this book when in primary myself,as back in the 70ies this was children's classic literature.
These days however its a different story it seems.
Language has been seriously simplified....
I wasn't disappointed. He is clearly a fantastic writer.
If you want a book that doesn't dwell on the details this isn't for you. He can elongate any story which now days would take only a few paragraphs to explain but somehow that doesn't matter because the way clarity in which he describes just makes it worth it.
A book I will read again, and again.
The story itself is actually pretty good. I really felt that the settings felt a little futuristic even all this time later, although possibly a little steam-punkish because the primary power of the day was of course iron and steam!
Verne wanders into too much description of the classifications of fish and the characters do seem to catch and eat every living thing they come across. Those parts were a little dull, but the main story is really quite gripping with some fantastic 'how will they get out alive?' moments!
I haven't quite finished the book because I am a lazy reader, but for this price the entertainment value is unbeatable.
But the story is a classic, from start to end, and you dont feel that it is over 100 years ago that it was written it still reads well.
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