Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

Synopsis: 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, Captain Neo, once of the greatest villains ever created, takes his revenge on all society! (From the back of the Bantam Classic Edition, 1981)

Review: This book intrigued me more than I expect, given the profoundly boring first few pages. Once the narrator finally was aboard the Nautilus, Verne's ability as a science fiction adventure write bloomed. He described dazzling underwater worlds, strange men and animals, and mysteries of the depth with excellent prose. I can see why this is a classic science fiction novel. Recommend for the ocean lover and the nerd alike.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-553-21252-4-275
Date Finished: 3-8-2014
Pages: 371

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