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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

By Jules Verne

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A gentlemanly professor is on a sea voyage. His ship encounters what appears to be a whale. There is a frightful impact. The professor is thrown overboard, loses consciousness, and wakes to find himself in a strange underwater vessel whose captain goes by the eerie name of Nemo. Who is this mysterious captain? What is his mission? This book reveals (almost) all and describes the strange and terrible destiny that he and his passengers share.

About Jules Verne

(1828-1905) Born in Nantes, France, Verne's first training was as a lawyer, but he soon turned to adventure writing. His first success was Cinq semaines en ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon), and thereafter, he produced a long series of marvelous tales at the rate of approximately one a year for the next 25 years. His most successful books include Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in 80 days.

Before any writing was ever labeled "science fiction," there were flights of imagination — what the author himself called voyages imaginaires — that anticipated a thrilling future, based on scientific marvels yet to come. Jules Verne was a writer of such stories.


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