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am 13. Februar 2003
Ich bin durch dieses Buch zum absoluten Jules Verne - Fan mutiert. Eigentlich habe ich mir das Buch zunächst nur bestellt, weil es bei diesem Verlag so billig war. Als ich jedoch anfing zu lesen, war ich vollends begeistert. Verne beschreibt die Technik der Nautilus und die marine Tierwelt atemberaubend schön und aufregend. Die Handlung wird dabei fast Nebensache. Das einzige Problem stellten für mich die vielen Fachausdrücke dar, die ich natürlich beim normalen Schulenglisch nie zu hören bekommen hatte. Auch meine Freundin, die sich sehr für Biologie interessiert fand es sehr amüsant, die (teilweise überholten) Vorstellungen eines Jules Verne über Wale, Quallen und anderes Meeresgetier zu lesen.
Inhalt: Arronax und sein Diener Conseil machen sich auf die Suche nach einem "Seeungeheuer", das die Weltmeere unsicher macht. Dabei handelt es sich jedoch um die Nautilus, das Schiff des Kapitän Nemo, an dessen Seite Arronax und Conseil Abenteuer in den Tiefen des Meeres bestreiten werden.
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am 28. August 2003
In "20.000 Leagues Under the Sea", Jules Verne excells in describing the unforgettable journey of a scientist who, with his companion, is forced to stay on board of the submarine "Nautilus" and its mysterious master, Captain Nemo. It is a most mesmerizing voyage through all the oceans down to
the Antarctic Sea with thrilling passages of scientific value.
The author also captures the reader by an unclear but fascinating description of the main-character, Nemo, and the crew on board, emotional and psychological attempts to explain
their characters, geographical descriptions of places all around
the world and undersea, and various descriptions of different
foreign cultures. Considering that the author lived one hundred
years ago, when nobody had heard of submarines before nor would
imagine their invention, this book can be called a successful
piece of fiction containing scientific details and a compelling
story all in one. Although certain scientific descriptions - for instance the nomenclatures of fishes etc. - might appear
a bit boring to the "ordinary" reader (the layman), one chapter
after another is followed by exciting events which are going to
make the voyage unforgettable, both to the characters involved
and to the reader himself.
The book has an "open" ending, Captain Nemo stays a mystery to the reader, although the reader might be more able to interpret what had really happened to the captain who preferred life undersea to life on the continent.
A must for every Jules Verne-fan and better than any movie of this novel.
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am 29. Juni 2000
I first read this book when I was in the 5th grade. I am a big reader so I like challenging books. The beginning was a little slow and dull, but after the men were captured by the Nautilus it became MUCH more interesting.
Life abord the Nautilus was quite interesting. Instead of meat (which they could not get) they ate many kinds of fish and sea plants, which, unless you were told, were indistiguishable from land- raised meat and vegetables. Thoguh they were prisoners, the doctor and his friends were treated like guests. They had many great adventures before finaly escaping.
All in all, very good. I reccomend this to anyone who likes a bit of adventure.
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am 1. August 2000
One of the great problems with Jules Verne is that in the English speaking world he is relagated to the category of "Boys' Own Adventures". On the Continent, however, he is considered a brilliant social commentator, and biting satirist, AND a man who predicted the future. This is a volume that helps set matters to the right.
If you know of "20,000 Leagues" already, you will find little different at first. The plot is still the plot. Nemo is still Nemo, Prof. Aronnax is still pompous and fascinated by the Nautilus and Ned Land....
Ned Land is a flaming socialist.
This is one of the major shifts between the original French and the "cleaned up" English editions. Most of the science of the day was pulled out as a "dull read" and all the Socialism, anti-English remarks, and other commentaries of a "questionable nature" were excised. We Americans have unfortunately been until only very recently only able to find these poor early translations, or translations based on these poor translations. There is much more to Verne than submarines and diving suits. He is a man with a vision of his times, both scientific and political, and his books underline this strongly.
English readers, demand your Verne well-translated! Do not allow yourself to be fobbed off with bowlderized versions! To be able to read as he wrote himself (well, in English, for those of us who don't read French...) is a greater pleasure than merely an amusing old science-fiction story from the 19th century. Reading this book, as Verne /meant/ it to be read, if a pleasure, but also a struggle to understand ourselves and our relationship to the oceans themselves.
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This is Verne's classic novel about Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. What really fascinated me when reading this story and other Verne novels was not only Verne's contributions to the science fiction genre, but his founding of a whole new genre, one that, as far as I know, he has never been given credit. I think Verne was one of the first to write the techno-novel, a work that is filled with technical details ala Tom Clancy. For this novel, Verne did considerable research to describe what was known as accurately as possible. Professor Arronax and his servant Conseil board a U. S. ship that is searching for a monster that has sunk a number of other ships. They discover that it isn't a monster at all but a submarine, captained by a mysterious man known only as Nemo (Verne will present readers with Nemo once again in "The Mysterious Island"). Arronax, Conseil, and an American harpooner named Ned Land travel with Nemo and see many wonderous things and have many adventures. Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" has gotten some very poor reviews over the decades since it first appeared in 1869. In many cases, it was because of the translation and not because of Verne. A number of the early translators inserted their own sections with their own ideas and opinions and deleted much of Verne's own words. So, readers should be aware of the translator. I read an excellent translation by Walter James Miller that was also annotated. Such an annotated volume can prove to be very helpful to teenagers getting acquainted with Nemo and his submarine.
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am 31. Mai 1999
I loved this book and I would recommend this book to anyone. I think you should read this book before you leave High School. On a scale of one to five, one being the worst and five being the best. I would give it a five. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very realistic and had life and emotion so you could relate to the characters their fear their joy and their sadness. They are three-dimensional characters. Not some flat two-dimensional characters who not feel and just act. It's easy to see why it's a classic. The book has a lot of action and adventure and even some mystery and lots of suspense. If you love any of these things, you should read this book. I found the way Conseil talks strange. Talking always in the third person I mean. Who actually goes around calling themselves by their first name? Looking up all the different animal and plant names that appear in this story must have taken forever as well as knowing where all these places were. He amazing he can fit all this information into one book an make it interesting. From reading this book, it refreshed my memory of the places in the world. The time from they were captured until they escaped only lasted six months. It seems to see all that they did see would have taken over a year. They did travel 60,000 miles. 1 leauge = 3 miles. Over all a great book and I loved it and you will to. Its a good sized book but don't be intimidated by it once you start its hard to stop.
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am 25. Februar 1998
I really enjoy books that revolve around science... especially when they were written during the 1800s and early 1900s. It is very entertaining to discover what these people believed and to compare their beliefs to ours in modern times. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is entertaining in this fashion. Jules Verne is suprisingly accurate in his depiction of a modern-day electric submarine and its workings... although he doesn't go into the minute details that I was hoping for. The ending of this book is a tremendous let-down with regards to the character of Captain Nemo. Throughout the entire book, the Captain's background is built up to be a giant mystery... which simply begs for resolution. I couldn't wait to reach the end of the book in order to find out why Captain Nemo was the way he was. This resolution never comes. Never. This left me with the opinion that Jules Verne simply wasn't a talented storyteller, and never bothered to fill out and completely think about the character of Captain Nemo. Anyone can think up fantastic situations and theories... but the real talent comes in explaining them in a plausible way to the reader. It's akin to watching a movie where lots of incredible things happen to the main characters, only to have them wake up stating that it was all a dream.
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am 20. Februar 1999
This is the first book that I "experienced" from Jules Verne. He is certainly a master in mixing scientific facts with literary fiction. A true visionary. Although I have seen various movie versions, I was still surprised at some of the events in this story. The book seemed to move along well besides a relatively slow begining. It has everything a great story should have. Mystery, adventure, action, exotic locations and even a bit of romance, albeit it is with Nemo and the Sea.
This particular version was an "audio book" performed by Harlan Ellison. His narration was inspired. I also enjoyed his voice characterizations, especially the impersonation of James Mason's Captain Nemo. It had a reminiscent quality. Music and sound effects would have been a nice touch as long as it wouldn't be distracting. For me, the book ended too quickly. I wanted to hear more of their adventures and would have also liked to have read more about Nemo's past. Although, Verne does tell us more in "The Mysterious Island". Another book I shall look forward in taking up soon. I am sure it will be an equally pleasing experience.
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am 30. Juni 1998
A scientist, his sidekick and a big strong sailor are going to have their lives changed forever when they are sent to capture a giant octopus. But, instead, they fall overboard and find out what they think is an octopus is really a giant submarine with a Captain Nimo and a crew that speaks their own language (which the trio calls "the submarine language")! In this submarine, they go on millions of adventures like: tunneling through blocks of ice in the antartic, zooming through tunnels from sea to sea, and seeing every different kind of fish you could ever imagine. The only problem is the scientist's sidekick joins with the big sailor, Ned, and together they try to escape. They have many of their own adventures too, like when they try to escape the first time and they almost get caught by cannibals. The second time they escape and write a story which you will read if you want to read it and it's called, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". If you're looking for an adventurous book that's exciting and funny too, then just read the book I did a review on. Lindsey (age 9)
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am 23. Mai 2010
Dieses Buch enthält eine der ersten und besten Science-Fiction Stories die jemals verfasst wurden. Jules Verne schafft es eindrucksvoll die Faszination an Technik und Natur darzustellen. Zudem gibt dieses Buch auch einen Einblick in die Denkweise und Vorstellungen der Menschen im 19. Jahrhundert, ist also ebenfalls für einen historisch orientierten Menschen interessant.
Jedoch merkt man rasch, dass Jules Verne sein Buch für den Hobby-Gelehrten des 19.Jahrhundert geschrieben hat. Meiner Meinung nach hält er sich zur sehr mit der Beschreibung der marinen Flora und Fauna auf. Die Aufzählungen jedes Fisches der Prof. Aronnax begegnet mit lat. Name, Klassifizierung und Aussehen wirkt auf den modernen Leser doch sehr ermüdend. Der restliche Inhalt des Buches sorgt dagegen für Kurzweile und Spannung.
Fazit: Auch wenn so manche Textstelle Durchhaltevermögen verlangt, sollte jeder Fan guter Science-Fiction Bücher diese Gechichte gelesen haben.
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