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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.