Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Piccadilly Classics) (Paperback)
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While searching for a reported sea monster a ship is attacked and destroyed. Three survivors are rescued by a highly advanced submarine called the Nautilus. The Nautilus is piloted by a mysterious captain who has withdrawn himself from the outside world to seek solitude in the ocean's depths. Aboard the Nautilus the survivors are kept prisoners. They embark on a journey of 20,000 leagues (60,000 miles) through the world's oceans. Here they encounter a strange new world teaming in unknown marine life and natural wonders. They discover underwater forests, fight off an attack from a giant squid, get imprisoned in ice at the South Pole, endure terrifying storms, survive a war with a pack of sperm whales, and uncover sunken continents. Their lives in danger, they seek a way to escape their underwater prison. This is a modern translation of Jules Verne's classic tale and arguably the most accurate edition in print. Includes passages missing from earlier English translations.
About the Author
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist who pioneered the genre of science fiction. He maintained a large library and always kept up on scientific and technological progress. A true visionary with an extraordinary talent for writing adventure stories, his writings incorporated the latest scientific knowledge of his day and envisioned technological developments that were years ahead of their time. Verne wrote about undersea, air, and space travel long before any navigable or practical craft were invented. Verne, along with H.G. Wells, is considered the "Father of Science Fiction." Verne wrote over 50 novels and numerous short stories. Some of his most successful novels appeared as a series collectively known as Extraordinary Voyages. This series included such notable works as Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1872). These timeless classics hold the same fascination today as they did when they were first written. Verne is one of the two most translated authors of all time. Due to the popularity of his novels, many of them have been made into feature length films.