Classic Literature, Fiction, Science Fiction

Book Review: “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

Rating: 9.3 out of 10.0

Author: Jules Verne

Genre: Science fiction [Classic Literature]

About: Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870. Verne released the book chapter-by-chapter in a French newspaper, starting in mid-1869 and going to early 1870. Then, it was published in book format in late 1870. Verne’s 20,000 Leagues is considered to be his greatest work.

Likes: This is one of the greatest novels of all-time. Verne’s characters in this particular book are more vivid and real than in any of his other works. The story of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus is both intriguing and unique. Verne magically draws his reader into his imaginative world, describing everything in extreme detail. Verne cleverly weaves his amazing characters into a simple yet extraordinary plot, creating a masterpiece of literature.

Dislikes: If you are not at all interested in the marine world, this book can be a tedious read. As previously stated, Verne uses an immense amount of detail to describe the scenes, but this can make the story appear boring. The book itself is rather long and slow moving, so for the average reader, it may get tiresome. However, for the more advanced reader who enjoys delving deep into the mystery of fictional characters and Verne’s world of imagination, this book is a delightful work of art. In addition to this, one who reads Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea must be brushed up on their nautical vocabulary or else it will be difficult to understand.

Summary: Professor Pierre Arronax, his servant, and a Canadian whale hunter become trapped on a submarine. The master of the submarine is a social recluse named Captain Nemo. The captain treats his captives very nicely, giving them free reign of the submarine and shows them its many impressive qualities. However, the three men are never allowed to leave the submarine, according to Nemo. From that moment on, the men plot a way to escape their captivity and return to their homes.

Book Length: 288 pages (Dover Thrift Editions)

Favorite Character: Captain Nemo

Suggested age: 14+

If you liked this, check out: In Search of the Castaways [Jules Verne] and The Mysterious Island [Jules Verne]

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