For a long time I’ve been curious about the works of Jules Verne, mainly as a result of his numerous references in movies. I thought surely this must be for a reason, they must be fantastic works of fiction. However i have always had a sense of trepidation, in regards to classical science fiction.  Thinking his works will be very period defined and out of touch in the modern world. These thoughts are drawn out by such instances as, the novel/movie 2001 a space odyssey, Describes moon bases and interplanetary ships in the year 2001. This novel was written in the late 1960’s and reality feel far short of what was depicted. So how would a novel fare that was written in the 1870’s For this reason alone i have avoided the works of Jules Verne until now….

Having recently spun through numerous adventure novels recently, i decided to finally bite the bullet and see how “the classic” adventure novel goes. I had recently acquired a copy of the book from an online sale, however once it arrived it worked its way to the bottom of my to-read pile. Needless to say when i finally picked it up and begun to read it i was in for quite a shock

The Novel is surprisingly scientifically accurate, which of course was something i was worried it would not be able to do. The authors knowledge and description of a submarine is stunning considering how primitive the ships were of the day. I quickly fell into this book and without realizing it,  was on the edge of my seat so to speak throughout this impressive adventure. To be honest i was quite shocked at how well the book ages for almost 3/4 of the book i found it extremely difficult to put an age to it as to when it was written, since the adventures and science involved was remarkably accurate. it wasn’t until our adventure took us to a sunken mythical continent and to the south pole that some scientific inaccuracies surfaced

Those inaccuracies aside, it is a book filled with wonder. The author takes us on a remarkable journey that can only really be compared to a being in a documentary from the national geographic. The descriptions of sea life was incredibly detailed but not too overdone as to bore the reader with numerous listings of classification. Prior to reading this book i was always perplexed about its title. Since a league is a distance and not a depth, fortunately that discrepancy is taken care of by the end of the book. It is quite a grand adventure and as a result has definitely made me seriously consider reading another of his novels

 

Matt

 

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