Wednesday, December 21, 2011

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

The book 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne truly is a classic. The story takes place right after the American Civil War. It starts out with ships at sea that were being sunk by an unknown source. Most people believe it’s the Kraken (a fabled giant squid) or creatures from Ancient times that were being revived. A scientist named Professor Aronnax is hired by the U.S. government to lead an expedition. The professor sets out on a U.S. frigate (a ship) named Abraham Lincoln to find what creature (if one is responsible) causes all of the boats to sink. Along with him is disgruntled harpooner Ned Land, his servant Conseil, and the Abraham Lincoln crew. While sailing on the seas they come across the creature. Ned fires a harpoon at it but discovers that he hit something man-made. It turns out that the creature was actually the Nautilus an incredibly advanced ship captained by none other than Captain Nemo himself. The Nautilus destroys the Abraham Lincoln which shipwrecks Ned, Conseil, and Aronnax. Nemo takes them aboard his aboard his ship as part of his crew. After that the Nautilus goes on adventures from the mythical city of Atlantis to the 20 degree below zero environment of the South Pole all under the sea. One day an unfortunate event happens when the Nautilus resurfaces for air. A maelstrom had occurred and was beating the Nautilus in man vs. nature battle. Conseil, Ned, and the professor got away but would not tell how. It ends with the professor wondering if the Nautilus surviving the pressure of the maelstrom or if captain Nemo lives to take back his country the Sea. This book was really good and that is why I think it deserves to be a classic. This book was also a good adventure for those that like that genre. This book may have a lot of chapters but once you get hook on it you breeze right through them.

-Matt, Teen Book Reviewer

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