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long., struck on her starboard quarter a rock, marked in no chart for that part of the sea. Under the combined efforts of the wind and its four hundred horse power. Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. Leagues Under the Sea tells the story of Professor Aronnax, Ned Land and Conseil as they get taken captive by the. If we examine Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas in particular, there have that in the novelist George Sand suggested to Verne that the sea was.

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Born in the French river town of Nantes, Verne had a lifelong passion for the sea. First as a Paris stockbroker, later as a celebrated author and yachtsman. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. This is accurately translated as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the SEAS– rather than the SEA, as with many English editions. Verne's novel features a tour of the 5. At Random! 6. At Full Steam *PDF created by 1 .

Summary Strange Reports As 20, Leagues under the Sea opens in , strange reports have been making their way home to Europe and the United States from the far reaches of the high seas. Beginning in July, multiple steamships claim to have come across some sort of enormous sea creature. Though completely unidentifiable, the creature bears a resemblance to a whale: it's oblong in shape and has been reported shooting air out of its top as it lingers on the surface. Close encounters result in collisions, and a particularly violent meeting with an English passenger steamship nearly sinks the boat. A frenzy of panic and fascination takes over the European and American press, provoking an outcry for the authorities to put an end to the maritime menace, which they soon oblige. Pierre Aronnax to accompany the mission.

Ned Land is even more depressed, Conseil fears for Ned's life, and Aronnax, horrified at what Nemo had done to the ship, can no longer stand the situation either.

One evening, Ned Land announces an opportunity to escape.

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Although Aronnax wants to leave Nemo, whom he now holds in horror, he still wishes to see him for the last time. But he knows that Nemo would never let him escape, so he has to avoid meeting him. Before the escape, however, he sees him one last time although secretly , and hears him say "Almighty God! Aronnax immediately goes to his companions and they are ready to escape.

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But while they loosen the dinghy, they discover that the Nautilus has wandered into the Moskenstraumen , more commonly known as the "Maelstrom". They manage to escape and find refuge on a nearby island off the coast of Norway, but the fate of the Nautilus is unknown. Themes and subtext[ edit ] Nautilus's route through the Pacific Nautilus's route through the Atlantic Captain Nemo's name is an allusion to Homer's Odyssey , a Greek epic poem.

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In the Latin translation of the Odyssey, this pseudonym is rendered as "Nemo", which in Latin also translates as "No-man" or "No-body".

Similarly to Nemo, Odysseus must wander the seas in exile though only for 10 years and is tormented by the deaths of his ship's crew. Jules Verne several times mentions Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury , "Captain Maury" in Verne's book, a real-life oceanographer who explored the winds, seas, currents, and collected samples of the bottom of the seas and charted all oceans.

Verne would have known of Matthew Maury's international fame and perhaps Maury's French ancestry.

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The most famous part of the novel, the battle against a school of giant squid , begins when a crewman opens the hatch of the boat and gets caught by one of the monsters.

As the tentacle that has grabbed him pulls him away, he yells "Help!

At the beginning of the next chapter, concerning the battle, Aronnax states, "To convey such sights, one would take the pen of our most famous poet, Victor Hugo, author of The Toilers of the Sea. It is probable that Verne borrowed the symbol, but used it to allude to the Revolutions of as well, in that the first man to stand against the "monster" and the first to be defeated by it is a Frenchman. In one passage, Captain Nemo is mentioned as providing some help to Greeks rebelling against Ottoman rule during the Cretan Revolt of — , proving to Arronax that he had not completely severed all relations with mankind outside the Nautilus after all.

In another passage, Nemo takes pity on a poor Indian pearl diver who must do his diving without the sophisticated diving suit available to the submarine's crew, and who is doomed to die young due to the cumulative effect of diving on his lungs. Nemo approaches him underwater and gives him a whole pouch full of pearls, more than he could have acquired in years of his dangerous work.

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Nemo remarks that the diver as an inhabitant of British Colonial India, "is an inhabitant of an oppressed country". The Nautilus as imagined by Jules Verne.

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Verne took the name "Nautilus" from one of the earliest successful submarines , built in by Robert Fulton , who later invented the first commercially successful steamboat. Fulton's submarine was named after the paper nautilus because it had a sail. Three years before writing his novel, Jules Verne also studied a model of the newly developed French Navy submarine Plongeur at the Exposition Universelle , which inspired him for his definition of the Nautilus. They designed a diving set with a backpack spherical air tank that supplied air through the first known demand regulator.

Air pressure tanks made with the technology of the time could only hold 30 atmospheres, and the diver had to be surface supplied ; the tank was for bailout. Nemo took to the underwater life after the suppression of the Indian Mutiny of , in which his close family members were killed by the British. This change was made at the request of Verne's publisher, Pierre-Jules Hetzel , who is known to be responsible for many serious changes in Verne's books.

In the original text the mysterious captain was a Polish nobleman , avenging his family who were killed by the Russians in retaliation for the captain's taking part in the Polish January Uprising of As France was at the time allied with the Russian Empire , the target for Nemo's wrath was changed to France's old enemy, the British Empire , to avoid political trouble. Professor Pierre Aronnax does not suspect Nemo's origins, as these were explained only later, in Verne's next book.

Thomas in said that "there is not a single bit of valid speculation" in the novel and that "none of its predictions has come true". He described the depictions of the diving gear, scenes, and the Nautilus as "pretty bad, behind the times even for In none of these technical situation did Verne take advantage of knowledge readily available to him at the time".

Thomas said, however, that despite poor science, plot, and characterization, "Put them all together with the magic of Verne's story-telling ability, and something flames up. A story emerges that sweeps incredulity before it". While The Mysterious Island seems to give more information about Nemo or Prince Dakkar , it is muddied by the presence of several irreconcilable chronological contradictions between the two books and even within The Mysterious Island.

He had been doing research in the United States and was getting ready to leave New York City for home when he received the invitation to join the Abraham Lincoln. He enthusiastically agrees and brings his loyal assistant and friend, Conseil , along with him.

The Chase and the Catch The captain of the frigate is a serious and competent navy officer named Farragut. Along with Dr. Aronnax and Conseil, a seasoned Canadian harpooner named Ned Land joins his crew.

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The Abraham Lincoln chases the phantom sea menace for months but has little luck. In early November, just as they are about to abandon their mission, the crew spots the creature. After a violent tussle, Dr. Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned Land are knocked overboard. They float for some time and eventually wind up atop the creature itself—which turns out to be not a creature but a man-made submarine.

The submarine belongs to Captain Nemo , an intense but extraordinarily composed man. He is incredibly intelligent and even agreeable, but he withholds all personal information: "I have broken with society for reasons which I alone have the right to appreciate," he tells them. His submarine, the Nautilus, travels underneath the world, exploring its marvels and mysteries. Captain Nemo grants his new guests total freedom—with the restriction that they must return to their rooms on occasion when asked.

Because they have discovered his secret, they are now bound to the submarine, and him, for life.