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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Puffin Classics
Genre - Classic/Fiction
Publishing year - 1870
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-0-141-37756-8
Pages - 310



My Review - 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is a classic book about submarine and sea expedition. We all heard about Captain Nemo or watched movies based on him. Jules Verne creates an underwater world that breathes taking. 

Ned Land, a harpooner, Professor Pierre Aronnax, and his servant Conseil, with a team of men, set out to find about a mysterious creature of the sea. But they were imprisoned at Nautilus by Captain Nemo. He treats them well, but they were not allowed to go back to land. Captain Nemo is generous but ruthless at the same time. His secrets attract the professor, and soon he becomes the part of Captain Nemo's expedition. 

They traveled different seas, unveil magnificent creatures, and ruin cities. While the professor was pleased with the events, Ned Land wants to escape the submarine. The expression dead men tell no tale fits here because if one has to leave the Nautilus, they should be stagnant. I presume it is one of the reasons why Captain Nemo bestows almost all the functioning of the ship with the professor. 

What will happen when the professor and Ned Land share different notions of their states? Is Captain Nemo actually a good man, or it is all just a pretense?

The story is narrated by the professor, which makes it exciting because his character is inquisitive all the time. Conseil's personality seems to be like a slave because he has no opinions, he is always ready to do whatever his master says. While Ned Land is firm, but I felt like that he is just there to remind the professor that they don't belong on Nautilus. Caption Nemo is the real deal, he is secretive, sensitive, brutal, stubborn, and fearless. Professor tried a lot to know the reasons why he built the submarine, why he left the land, and hate politics so much, but the Caption has a persona that no one was able to decode. 

What I like - 

  • Smooth narration.
  • The story is fast-paced and fun.
  • The language is lucid.
  • The expeditions of different places seem surreal. 
  • The fights with deadly creatures were formidable. 

If you love books based on sea creatures, voyages, submarines, then pick this book right now. I enjoy reading it and hope you'll too. 

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