- File Size: 687 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Public Domain Books (October 4, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2006
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002RKSZJO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea Kindle Edition
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Re-reading this as an adult, and an adult who's spent twenty-plus years since then reading science fiction, I did have to remind myself more than once how amazing the then-future technologies Verne describes, like electric rifles, undersea diving suits, electric motors, etc., would have been to his contemporary readers; the book was first published in 1869, a mere five years after the Confederate submarine Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy warship (and sank itself in the process). At times I found myself mentally substituting "outer space" for "under sea," just to help me analogize the situation. Despite that, the plot and action were as riveting now as they were when I first read it twenty years ago. I did find myself, now as then, skimming over much of Verne's extensive scientific descriptions of undersea flora and fauna, etc., but that might be my own failing as a reader -- when I did take the time to read Verne's descriptions, I did sometimes catch the same sense of aquatic wonder I remember from watching films like _The Life Aquatic_.
From what I've read, the Mercier translation this is based on contains a number of translation errors, cuts out about 20% of the text, etc. Corrected, completed, updated ebook editions of this classic are available on Amazon, but they cost money -- I've been unable to find an out-of-copyright, corrected, complete, and free edition.Read more ›
This free, public domain edition is the "classic" old translation by Louis Mercier most of us have read and loved. It is a grand adventure and is very enjoyable in a quaint, old-fashioned way. There is nothing terrible with this popular translation, but (admittedly) chunks of the novel WERE left out, not so much that the overall story itself was greatly altered, but still leaving the finished work not as Verne wrote it and intended it to be. (What was omitted were essentially scientific details Mercier thought impeded the story, some possibly awkward political references, and sections presumably thought to be redundant.)
But you can decide for yourself the extent to which these omissions may have negatively impacted the story, because, fortunately, there is ANOTHER free, public domain version available which I would encourage you to ALSO download and read; that one is a modern translation by F. P. Walter and it is unabridged. It may be found in the Kindle store by typing: "Verne Vingt Mille English." The title is French but don't worry, the book is entirely in English with a very informative introduction by Walter. This great new translation is wordier than the old one, but it comes as close (in English) to what Verne actually wrote (in French) -- and it IS complete; in fact, it has about 100 more pages! I would strongly urge you to compare them (especially if you are a true Jules Verne fan). But quite frankly, EITHER version tells a great story.Read more ›
If you want to read the book just to get the gist of the story, this is a good edition to use. If you are using it to enjoy the writing style of Jules Verne, you should try a different edition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the story line and the differences from the movie. But the lengthy descriptions of flora and fauna were too much.Published 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting read. What a breadth of knowledge Verne displays, sometimes to the point of losing the point! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Tompattyt
What can I say, it Jules Verne, I'm not finish read the whole book yet, but what a get story. Love it!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Such an amazing story. I was mesmerized the whole time. Probably one of the best books I have ever read.Published 3 days ago by Chuck Phillips
I enjoyed this book. I also recommend it even though it's a little dry and the way the story is told is in an older way of writing. Still Classic literature must be read.Published 5 days ago by daniel semenchuk
The story is great, but this edition is large and very cheap. I would guess the rights to this novel were up for grabs and went to a really cheap publisher. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Garrett Williams