Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6)

394 pages

English language

Published Aug. 27, 2002

ISBN:
978-0-7607-2850-5
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4 stars (106 reviews)

A nineteenth-century science fiction tale of an electric submarine, its eccentric captain, and undersea world, which anticipated many of the scientific achievements of the twentieth century.

150 editions

Encyclopedia Nautica

4 stars

A classic adventure tale cataloging every fish, seaweed, and coral in the various oceans. Some of them are real.

As adventure tales go, particularly from this classic era, it's pretty good. I read it as a young teen and remember it fondly, although perhaps my fondness comes from the Classics Illustrated comic as much as from the actual text.

In honesty, it doesn't bear up as well as I'd hoped. Nemo's unexplored misandry against the M. Arronax's relentless intellectualism left me with too little satisfaction to give the story more than four stars.

Recommended, if only for the picture of what early science fiction looked like post-Frankenstein and pre-War of the Worlds.

Review of '20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Ja, die Idee des U-Boots war enorm visionär. Und als Standard-Jules-Verne ist es in großen Teilen unnötig schwafelig. Andere Sachen, die hier vielleicht erfunden wurden sind Technobabble (Sodium- (Natrium-) Batterien liefern nie die benötigte Energie.) und Redshirts (zwei Besatzungsmitglieder werden aus rein dramatischen Gründen abgemurkst).

Was mich aber mehr gestört hat ist, dass es nicht zeitlos ist, sondern im 19. Jahrhundert festhängt

Der Kapitän hat sich aus der menschlichen Gesellschaft ausgeklinkt, an Bord herrscht aber immer noch strikte Klassengesellschaft. Die ganze vordere Hälfte des Boots, ca. 30 m ist für den Kapitän reserviert, und für den einen der drei Gäste, der aus der Oberschicht kam. Für die Mannschaft, ca. 20 Mann, sind ca. 5 m der Länge übrig, für essen, schlafen, Freizeit.

Und wieso versuchen die drei, Erzähler und zwei Sidekicks, nicht, sich mit Mannschaftmitgliedern anzufreunden. Zunächst, um rauszufinden, was so vor sich geht, aber dann, d’uh anfreunden. …

Review of 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Verne's narration is quite old-fashioned (might be the translation) and filled with modern inventions at the same time. I kept thinking "they knew about this-and-that back then? There was that kind of technology?" all through the book. It's a bit like reading todays sci-fi from a 200 years into the future point of view.
The narration had some lengths and some bits were outright boring. And seriously, what's up with the ending? Was there a deadline to meet? Or a simple "whatever" attitude? It was so abrupt and deus ex machina I don't even know how to complain about it.

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