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Jules Verne ist der vielleicht erste Science Fiction-Autor und Verfasser von vielen fantastischen Romanen, die in alle wichtigen Sprachen der Welt übersetzt wurden.
Abtauchen mit Kapitän Nemo und seiner Crew in der futuristischen "Nautilus" (dem ersten U-Boot der Welt) in eine unterseeische exotische Welt, die von Ungeheuern und wundersamen Wesen belebt ist. Eine Welt, in der es unter größter Lebensgefahr schier unglaubliche Entdeckungen zu machen gilt.
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Dirk Walbrecker

20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer

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Jules Verne ist der vielleicht erste Science Fiction-Autor und Verfasser von vielen fantastischen Romanen, die in alle wichtigen Sprachen der Welt übersetzt wurden.

Abtauchen mit Kapitän Nemo und seiner Crew in der futuristischen „Nautilus" (dem ersten U-Boot der Welt) in eine unterseeische exotische Welt, die von Ungeheuern und wundersamen Wesen belebt ist. Eine Welt, in der es unter größter Lebensgefahr schier unglaubliche Entdeckungen zu machen gilt.

Der Autor:

Dirk Walbrecker, geboren in Wuppertal, seit 1965 in München und jetzt in Landsberg am Lech lebend, Vater von 3 leiblichen Töchtern und inzwischen auch von zahlreichen literarischen Kindern.

Nach diversen Studien (u.a. Germanistik und Pädagogik) viele Jahre beim Film und einige Jahre in der Schule gearbeitet.

Seit 1986 freiberuflicher Autor: Drehbücher, Hörspiele, Hörbücher sowie Bilderbücher, Kinder- und Jugendromane. Zahlreiche Auszeichnungen und in 15 Sprachen übersetzt.

In den letzten Jahren häufig auf Lesereisen, um jungen Menschen live und lebendig Freude an Literatur und allem Musischen zu vermitteln.

Zudem Schreibwerkstätten verschiedenster Art und Thematik für Kinder, Jugendliche und Erwachsene.

Nähere Informationen, Unterrichts-Materialien etc. unter: www. dirkwalbrecker.de

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20.000 Meilen

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Auf den Spuren eines Ungeheuers

Es war im Jahre 1866, als die ersten Gerüchte auftauchten. Ein merkwürdiges Objekt, ein Körper von riesigen Ausmaßen, war kurz hintereinander von mehreren Schiffen gesichtet worden. Die Beschreibungen der Seeleute stimmten verblüffend genau überein: Das Monstrum sollte angeblich extrem lang sein, sich außerordentlich schnell und gewandt fortbewegen. Es konnte Wasserstrahlen mindestens einhundertfünfundfünfzig Fuß hoch in die Luft schleudern. Und was die Sache noch rätselhafter machte: Zuweilen ging von dem Objekt phosphoreszierendes Licht aus.

Im Nu verbreiteten sich die Sensationsmeldungen von Kontinent zu Kontinent. Kaufleute, Reeder, Kapitäne der Handelsflotten, Offiziere der Kriegsmarinen und sogar Staatsmänner waren beunruhigt. Und wo immer man auftauchte – ob in Kaffeehäusern, im Theater oder bei einer privaten Einladung –, überall gab es nur ein Thema: das Meeresmonster. Die Zeitungen waren voll von Spekulationen. Zeichnungen von gigantischen Untieren und unheimlichen Wesen wurden abgedruckt. Und selbst in gelehrten Gesellschaften und wissenschaftlichen Journalen diskutierte man sich die Köpfe heiß.

So ging das einige Monate. Alles war möglich, nichts war bewiesen. Das Thema war vorwärts und rückwärts durchgehechelt und es schien alles gesagt. Die Menschen brauchten neue Sensationen ...

Dann aber, man schrieb den 5. März 1867, wurde das Thema schlagartig wieder aktuell: Im Morgengrauen, fern von Festland oder Inseln, rammte die Moravian bei klarem Wetter ein unsichtbares Objekt! Ein fürchterlicher Stoß hatte das Passagierschiff durchgeschüttelt. Ein Teil des Kiels war zu Bruch gegangen. Der Ozean war auf drei Kabellängen gewaltig aufgewühlt ... ein Rätsel!

Nur drei Wochen später das nächste Unglück: Die Scotia, eines der modernsten Schiffe der berühmten englischen Cunard Line, wurde bei ruhiger See und günstigem Wind von einem Stoß unter Wasser erschüttert. Gleich darauf die Schreckensmeldung aus den Tiefen des Rumpfes: zwei Meter breites Leck am Kiel, das vier Zentimeter starke Eisenblech sauber durchschnitten! Zwar entging die Scotia dank ihrer modernen Mehrkammerkonstruktion einer Katastrophe und konnte die Fahrt mit halber Kraft fortsetzen. Aber ich sage es gleich: Nun war jeder, der etwas mit Schiffen oder dem Meer zu tun hatte, schlagartig hellwach. Und auch ich, meines Zeichens stellvertretender Professor am Naturhistorischen Museum in Paris, war plötzlich mit meinen Fachkenntnissen gefragt. Ich war soeben mit einem Schatz von mineralogischen, botanischen und zoologischen Funden von einer sechsmonatigen Expedition zurückgekehrt, an der ich im Auftrag der französischen Regierung teilgenommen hatte. Ich wartete in New York noch auf meine Einschiffung nach Frankreich, da erreichte mich ein hochoffizielles Schreiben vom amerikanischen Marineministerium an den „ehrenwerten Professor Pierre Aronnax, Verfasser des allseits gerühmten Buches ‚Die Geheimnisse der großen unterseeischen Tiefe‘". Mit aller Dringlichkeit wurde ich bei meiner beruflichen Ehre gepackt. Alle Welt erwartete auch von mir einen Beitrag: Handelt es sich bei dem gefährlichen Unterwassermonstrum um ein Ungeheuer von kolossaler Kraft? Oder ist eine unbekannte politische Macht im Besitz eines unterseeischen Fahrzeugs mit gigantischem Triebwerk?

„Conseil, sagte ich zu meinem Diener, der mir seit zehn Jahren treu zur Seite stand. „Pack sofort unsere Koffer!

Warum diese Eile? Weshalb sollte ich mich umgehend auf der Abraham Lincoln einfinden?

Sehr einfach: In den letzten Tagen hatten sich die Schreckensbotschaften gehäuft. Das Ungeheuer hatte nicht nur einmal seine grausamen Waffen gezeigt. Nein, es waren gleich mehrere Schiffe angegriffen worden. Es wurden Listen von vermissten Schiffen aufgestellt und die ungeheuerlichsten Spekulationen angestellt:

Trieb dieses rasende, zerstörungswütige Monstrum nicht schon länger sein Unwesen? Gingen die unzähligen Toten auf den Weltmeeren hauptsächlich auf seine Rechnung? Handelte es sich bei dem Untier vielleicht um ein Monsterexemplar des Gemeinen Narwals? Tatsächlich ist dieses Tier eine Art See-Einhorn, ausgerüstet mit einem Zahn, einem Degen aus Elfenbein, der bei den bislang gefangenen Tieren am Schaft eine Stärke von bis zu 48 Zentimetern misst. Wer will behaupten, dass sich in unerforschten Tiefen der Ozeane nicht Wesen versteckt halten, die es an Größe und Gewalt mit den ausgestorbenen Dinosauriern aufnehmen ...

Kurz gesagt: Die amerikanische Regierung hatte größtes Interesse, den Urheber der Unglücke zu finden und zu vernichten. Und dementsprechend war auch die Abraham Lincoln ausgerüstet. Als ich an Bord von Kommandant Farragut herzlich begrüßt wurde, konnte ich mich sogleich von der Tauglichkeit des Schiffes überzeugen: Es handelte sich um eine segeltüchtige Fregatte, die dank einer speziellen Heizungsapparatur den Dampfdruck bis auf sieben Atmosphären treiben konnte. Damit ließ sich immerhin eine mittlere Geschwindigkeit von 18,3 Meilen in der Stunde erreichen, Ob dies allerdings für einen Wettstreit mit dem gigantischen Ungetüm ausreichen würde ... ich wagte dies zu bezweifeln. Den letzten Meldungen zufolge narrte das Teufelswesen seine Widersacher, indem es in bisher nicht vorstellbaren Geschwindigkeiten seine Jagdplätze wechselte.

Nun gut, man musste abwarten. Zuletzt war das Monster in den nördlichen Gewässern des Pazifiks gesichtet worden. Und genau dieses Gebiet war auch das Ziel der Abraham Lincoln, als sie am 4. Juli 1867 vom Kai von Brooklyn ablegte. Sage und schreibe eine halbe Million Schaulustige hatten sich zum Abschied am East River eingefunden. Hunderte von Fähren, Tendern und Booten gaben uns das Geleit. Von den Forts, die das Ufer des Hudson säumten, wurde Salut geschossen. Und die Abraham Lincoln erwiderte die Ehrung durch das dreimalige Niederholen und Hissen des amerikanischen Banners mit den neununddreißig glänzenden Sternen. Schlag drei Uhr ging der Lotse von Bord und Kommandant Farragut ließ die Feuer schüren. Heftig schlug die Schraube Wellen und wir ließen die Leuchtfeuer hinter uns. Wir passierten die niedrige gelbe Küste von Long Island und um acht Uhr abends stieß die Fregatte mit voller Kraft in die dunklen Wasser des Atlantiks hinaus.

Wer nun glaubt, die Abraham Lincoln hätte eine kurze Reise vor sich, der sei gleich hier eines anderen belehrt: Die Geduld der Mannschaft wurde aufs Ärgste strapaziert. Ja, es kam auf dem langen Weg zu unserem großen Ziel fast zu einer Meuterei. Zu Anfang schienen nur zwei Leute Zweifel an unserer Unternehmung zu haben – ausgerechnet die, bei denen ich es am wenigsten gern sah. Der eine war mein flämischer Diener Conseil. Sonst ein Vorbild an Freundlichkeit, muffelte er die meiste Zeit in seiner Kabine rum. Letztlich konnte ich ihn verstehen. Er war ein Mensch, der immer etwas zum Katalogisieren brauchte. Egal, ob es sich um Pflanzliches oder Tierisches handelte, alle meine Funde wusste er stets vorbildlich zu ordnen. Nur hier und jetzt gab es nichts zu sortieren. Viel schlimmer: Das einzige, was wir jagten, war möglicherweise ein Phantom, eine pure Einbildung. Genau das vermutete auch der Mann an Bord, von dem ich das meiste erhoffte: Ned Land, unser kanadischer Harpunier, ein Meister seines Fachs, der beste unter den Walfängern. Ich war ihm gleich zu Anfang nahe gekommen – vielleicht weil er die gleiche Sprache wie ich sprach. Darüber hinaus war er aber auch ein hochintelligenter und wacher Gesprächspartner leider allerdings mit gänzlich anderen Ansichten als ich:

„Was wir suchen, gibt es nicht, erklärte er mir mehr als einmal. „Ich kenne mich aus bei den Walen. Was die Leute gesehen haben wollen, Herr Professor, ist reine Einbildung. Das sollten Sie als studierter Naturforscher eigentlich wissen.

Ich musste mich zum wiederholten Male beherrschen. Da fuhren wir über den Äquator, ließen den ganzen amerikanischen Kontinent hinter uns und umschifften Kap Hoorn. Da wechselten wir in das größte aller Weltmeere, den

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  • (4/5)
    Not being familiar with the comparative criticism between Verne and Wells, can only offer that I while I enjoyed Nemo's narrative and the compelling saga presented, I felt it would've benefited from some of Wells' philosophy.
  • (3/5)
    What do you get when you combine marine biology from the late 1800s and an action-adventure classic? 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, of course!

    If you haven’t already read it or seen one of the many film adaptations, the novel follows Professor Arannox, an educated gentleman, and Conseil, his servant, on their search for knowledge within the ocean’s depths. Along the way, they encounter many wonders and meet the acquaintance of some intriguing characters, including the mysterious Captain Nemo.

    When the plot focuses on the conflicts our cast of characters face on their journey, the pages fly by. From kidnappings to shipwrecks, a lot happens in what could be considered a rather short novel. Unfortunately, where there’s adventure, there’s also quite a lot of seemingly unnecessary description. Much of the book focuses on various characters making observations about fish. Unless you’re a scientist with a keen interest in the biological classification of sea creatures, there’s not much that will intrigue you in those passages. The descriptions that did not bother me were those that detailed the intricacies of Captain Nemo’s vessel, the Nautilus. At the time the novel was published, submarines were still incredibly primitive, so it’s impressive that Verne was able to predict the future, in a manner of speaking.

    All of the main and supporting characters are fascinating, to say the least. Professor Aronnax values knowledge over freedom, Conseil takes great pride in his subservient position, Ned Land has a bloodlust for the hunt, and Captain Nemo, well, we don’t know much about him, do we? The level of secrecy he exudes kept me engaged until the bitter end. Verne has a subtle way with dialogue too. There were many moments, particularly in interactions between Ned and Conseil, which left me chuckling to myself.

    20,000 Leagues is a classic for a reason. As much as I disliked the long scientific passages, the novel certainly has its merits. If you’re bothered by the extensive marine life descriptions, I highly recommend skimming or skipping them completely if you’re concerned that they’re ruining your reading experience.
  • (4/5)
    The narrator has a habit of listing by genus and phylum every single plant and animal he sees and every shipwreck that has occurred in each region he travels to, but I skimed those and the rest was pretty good. I enjoyed the odd combination of 19th-century-style entitlement with surprisingly modern-sounding environmentalism (that species has been nearly hunted to extinction and this may be the last of its kind...let's eat it! or praising nature for creating new coal deposits in the sargasso sea for humanity to use when the land-bound deposits run out, or berating the harpooner for wanting to kill a whale needlessly, then slaughtering a huge group of other whales that came to hunt the first group....) And of course, an ambiguous villain(?) is often enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    I loved all the descriptions of underwater life, and the different places the characters visit. I wanted to become a marine biologist after I finished reading!
  • (4/5)
    I loved all the descriptions of underwater life, and the different places the characters visit. I wanted to become a marine biologist after I finished reading!
  • (3/5)
    There are some really good ideas in this book - The ideal of Captain Nemo's freedom, travelling in a wonderful and (at the time when it was written) innovative contraption The Nautilus, exploring the globe and not conforming to society in any way. The story was gripping in places but I had very high expectations of how fantastical this book was going to be, so I was a little bit disappointed at the lack of consistency regarding the excitement rating in the storytelling. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is much better!
  • (4/5)
    An excellent classic. Lots of stuff that I did not remember
    about the book. Captain Nemo was way ahead of his time...
  • (4/5)
    I suppose that as an 'abridged just for you' version of a book, I shouldn't have had my expectations up so high. But I did, and while the overall novel was great, I really, really wanted more out of this book. Especially description-wise. It kept cutting out halfway or jumping from item to item so quickly I got minor whiplash. I am unsure if an unabridged version exists, but I hope it finds its way to me at some point.

    However, all that being said, I rather enjoyed the novel. It was fantastic, if a bit brief.
  • (3/5)
    a good read
  • (4/5)
    I have tried reading this book before and never finished it. I thought that I would sit down, read, and not pick up another book until I finished this one. I now understand why I couldn't finish it the first time.This book was by no means a bad book, in fact it is a wonderful book. The writing was pretty good and the story itself was pretty awesome. I am sure that if I had been able to read it in 1870 or even 1900 then it would have been a mind blower. Unfortunately I have not yet finished constructing my time machine, so here I am in 2007 reading it. What detracted from the story for me was the amount of description.. mainly because I have seen subs, I have seen what lays under the sea, and nothing is new to me (well that's not entirely true). It is quite remarkable that in the time that it was written that Verne would have so much insight though... truly remarkable.
  • (5/5)
    Vernes undersea adventure is an amazing trip that I've taken many times. Although history has proven his vision to be incorrect on many occasions in this yarn, it is still a mesmerizing odyssey. One of my favorite books.
  • (2/5)
    The story showed promise and I can sympathise with Nemo. Unfortunately, the author uses the whole thing as a vehicle to tell the world (or just France; I forget who he's trying to impress) how smart he is. Verne should have read more Wells before trying to write.
  • (4/5)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is one of those classic science fiction books that should be on any science fiction fans reading list. Being around so long (Verne originally published the book in 1869), and available in so many versions, translations, and media, can make reviewing the book difficult. Most readers either have read the book, or will want to read it because it is one of the "classics" of the science fiction genre. That caveat being said, here's my review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The story opens with reports of strange sightings and damage to ships by an unknown creature. The narrator, Pierre Aronnax, is a professor of the natural sciences and a medical doctor from Paris. While returning from a trip to collect fossils and other specimens from Nebraska he is given a chance to hunt down this mysterious monster aboard the ship, Abraham Lincoln. Aronnax has previously hypothesized that the creature responsible for the encounters is a large form of narwhal. Joining Aronnax on the trip is his servant, Conseil, and a whaler and harpooner, Ned Land. The Abraham Lincoln eventually encounters the supposed monster, and the three men are thrown overboard when the creature rams the ship. They are miraculously rescued when they discover that it was not a creature at all, but a submersible boat. The rest of the novel covers the various adventures and settings that Aronnax and the others discover while being the "guests" of Captain Nemo, the builder of the famed Nautilus. As with most of Verne's works, the story is told in the form of a travelogue, with the story being recounted as if reading from a journal or interview with the narrator - Professor Aronnax. The stories of adventure - traveling under Suez, hunting in a kelp forest, seeking the South Pole and being trapped in ice, and the famous attack of the Nautilus by giant squid - are interspersed with more sedate discussions of the workings of the ship, or the Professor's enthrallment with Captain Nemo. That is quite interesting since Nemo has essentially captured the three men and refuses them to ever leave the Nautilus again. Verne's gift is to create a thrilling adventure and to expound upon the wonders of technology. His description of the Nautilus and its operation is decades ahead of its time. He even describes a practical, and nearly identical to the modern equivalent, SCUBA system for breathing underwater that was about 80 years ahead of its time. Verne does miss the mark with many of his speculations about the natural world. He didn't foresee the theory of plate tectonics, and his description of Antarctica misses the mark. (And I give him creative license to include the fabled Atlantis - it was an adventure story after all.) But that doesn't detract from the adventure story that he is telling.My biggest problem with the story is with the characters. Verne spends so much time recounting the travelogue of Aronnax that the characters are not fleshed out. The only one who seems real is Aronnax himself. His two companions, the forgettable Conseil and the stereotyped Ned Land (who's last name is entirely reflected in his constant desire to flee the Nautilus) are mere window dressings for Aronnax, somebody he can reflect his own ideas upon. But what is really annoying is that we get to know so very little about Captain Nemo himself. A suburb engineer, master of the sea, fearless and stoic in the face of danger, we learn so little about his character. There are many secrets about Nemo that Verne teases the reader with, but we are never shown the answers to them, such as his motivations, the reason he quit the land to forever roam the sea, or his past. That was a disappointment. If you are a fan of science fiction I recommend that you read Verne's classic at some point. Even among his own works I do not consider it to be his best, but it is worth the read to see the early works of the science fiction genre. If you want to listen to the work (like I did) I do highly recommend the version from Tantor Media narrated by Michael Prichard. I am familiar with Prichard's narration from other works and he again delivers a great performance here. (I checked out this version from my local library.)
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed the descriptions
  • (4/5)
    This rating is a childhood rating. Hooked me on Science Fiction when I read it.
  • (5/5)
    For reasons I cannot now comprehend, I checked this book out of my school library in second grade and read it all through class. Also for reasons I can't explain, I LOVED it. Which is why it has a five star rating, even though in all honest consideration it's probably not that great. I can't even be honest anymore; it's stuck to my memory like a twig between teeth, ever-present and slightly minty tasting. There are some very involved politics here, interesting from an anti-nuclear-war position. I was fascinated with the use of sea life for supplies as a child, and the imagined technology of the submarine has held up surprisingly well. If either of those things interest you, pick this book up. I'd also recommend it for anyone interested in older science-fiction, or for those reading through the Verne canon (of which I think this is the best). Otherwise, well, the five stars aren't as brilliant as they might appear.
  • (5/5)
    This book shows the true roots of science fiction. A story so fully of carefully researched facts about the various oceans of the world and the fish and plant life in them that you could almost believe that the nautilus and captain nemo did exist and the wonders they showed our narrator exsisted as well.
    Science fiction is about taking what we know and expanding it just that little bit more into the impossible. Or the one day maybe possible and then seeing what might happen.
    Quiet apart from that this is a story that brings home the massive change in attitude our society has had in regard to the environment and its study. Nemo himself is somewhat of a conservationist "this would be killing for the sake of killing" he tells Ned the harpooner. He kills willingly for food or in his search for revenge but will not be party to senseless destruction.
    We never learn what Nemo actually hopes to achieve or what happens to the nautilus in the end. In many ways I think this would have added to the believability of the story when it was first published.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome book!! I now understand why Verne is considered one of the Masters.One of my favorites in my collection, an old old copy.
  • (5/5)
    I first read this book when i was about 12, and now it's all worn out. I love it!
  • (3/5)
    At first I thought that the title implied a great depth, but no, 20,000 leagues is how far our adventures sail, submerged in Captain Nemo's early submarine.Verne's dramatic descriptions are spot-on as always, but he does grow tiresome sometimes when he insists on naming every species observed under the sea - down to the genus and everything. This is a classic adventure that remains very much of its time without really sharing anything terribly special, unlike some of his other work - especially "80 Days."
  • (2/5)
    The bits without the sea/fish discriptions are quite good. Shame there are so many discriptive passages.
  • (3/5)
    An okay read for me. Highly detailed, but those details tended to get a bit long-winded and I found myself getting bored with them after a while. I would have liked a little more insight into the personality of Captain Nemo and exactly what happened to make him shun the world. I felt like that was a very important part that seemed to be missing.
  • (4/5)
    How to begin... there are some aspects of this book that were extremely fascinating and the adventure that Jules Verne writes is captivating. What I did not care for were the excessive uses of nautical terms as well as zoological/biological terms used to describe everything in the book. Perhaps it is just more evidence of the dumbing down of society as we no longer describe things in these fashions and makes it difficult for the reader of today to follow. Even with the author's fluent and graceful writing. The thing that most irritated me, was that all my life I've been led to think the Nautilus was attacked by a giant squid when that chapter in the book was described VERY differently! However, I guess I cannot fault the original story for how other interpretations have distorted it. Still, I can see why this book is so timeless and I encourage everyone to give it a read to enjoy the great adventure with mad Captain Nemo under the sea.
  • (3/5)
    Good book !
  • (5/5)
    I loved this story when I was a kid and my rating is based on those memories. I doubt I would rate it lower if I read it again.
  • (4/5)
    To be upfront, I thought there would be a lot more action in this story. I never read it in school, so coming at it as an adult was intriguing. That being said, I was not let down. Verne is very versed in sea life (this book is chock full of jargon) and as a science nerd, it was fascinating. And somehow, through all the science and tech, he was able to create a story that is often exhilarating.
  • (3/5)
    I've long wanted to read the story of Captain Nemo and the undersea adventures of 20000 Leagues Under the Sea. I'm now glad to have read it and overall enjoyed the story. I can understand how this story had such a large impression on society in the late 1800s and early 1900s where life under the oceans was almost a complete mystery. I found the novel a bit dry and slow at parts but it was still a pleasure to read. For those looking to read a novel which had such huge impact on the development of science fiction one needs not look further than this.
  • (4/5)
    Given this tale's reputation, I was expecting a rip-roaring adventure of man against nature, technology versus beast, maybe even a bit of pirate-style swashbuckling excitement. Instead, I got a travelogue - the diary of a scientist classifying life below the ocean. The famed squid that seems to figure so heavily in every retelling of 20,000 Leagues factors into a single chapter out of forty-seven. That being said, I still enjoyed it. I just wish it wasn't so horribly mis-sold (kinda like when someone accustomed to Boris Karloff and Halloween costumes reads the original Frankenstein for the first time. It's still great, it's just...not what you've been told to expect).
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    Probably my biggest take away from this is that one must always watch out for the cult mentality. It's quite lethal.