Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Our rating: ****½

When Professor Aronnax is asked his opinion on a number of shipwrecks that have been caused by something a great deal larger than a whale, he comes to the conclusion that the mysterious creature must be a narwhale of gigantic proportions, due to the strangely shaped holes inflicted upon the wrecked vessels. Soon, he is invited aboard the Abraham Lincoln, a frigate preparing to track down and destroy the unknown creature. But, when the ship is struck itself, Professor Aronnax is thrown overboard only to discover a great secret that would change the scientific world forever.

I think I like this book best of all of Jules Verne’s that I have read. He captures the magic of the underwater world with great ease. The only warning I have is that, on occasion, the plot becomes a bit bogged down with a veritable encyclopedia of scientific names, which are usually unpronounceable and rather meaningless unless you have a great knowledge of marine classification. However, the rest of the book is very enjoyable and I recommend it highly.

3 Responses to “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”

  1. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! It’s so interesting, what with hunting underwater, finding the ruins of Atlantis, battling giant polyps (squid), and the pearl fisheries, it’s one of Jules Verne’s best!

  2. I never read this but I liked the movie.

  3. my favorite out of all Jules Verne’s books, though Around the World in 80 Days comes pretty close! no one can call themselves a true sci-fi reader if they havnt read this one…

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