20,000 Leagues under the Sea

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The Floating Press, May 1, 2009 - Fiction - 568 pages
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Jules Verne's classic science fiction story Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea tells the great tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. In 1866 a strange and unknown sea monster is sighted by ships and an ocean liner is attacked. An expedition prepares in New York, to find and destroy the menacing creature. The 20,000 of the title refers to an overall distance traveled under the sea, rather than an impossible measure of descent.
 

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Contents

Chapter II A Novel Proposal of Captain NemOS
283
Chapter III A Pearl of Ten Millions
293
Chapter IV The Red Sea
309
Chapter V The Arabian Tunnel
326
Chapter VI The Grecian Archipelago
339
Chapter VII The Mediterranean in FortyEight Hours
357
Chapter VIII Vigo Bay
363
Chapter IX A Vanished Continent
379

Chapter IX Ned Lands Tempers
86
Chapter X The Man of the Seas
92
Chapter XI All by Electricity
117
Chapter XII Some Figures
126
Chapter XIII The Black River
136
Chapter XIV A Note of Invitation
146
Chapter XV A Walk on the Bottom of the Sea
159
Chapter XVI A Submarine Forest
168
Chapter XVII Four Thousand Leagues Under the Pacific
178
Chapter XVIII Vanikoro
187
Chapter XIX Torres Straits
201
Chapter XX A Few Days on Land
212
Chapter XXI Captain NemOS Thunderbolt
227
Chapter XXII Aegri Somnia
246
Chapter XXIII The Coral Kingdom
258
PART TWO
270
Chapter I The Indian Ocean
271
Chapter X The Submarine CoalMines
393
Chapter XI The Sargasso Sea
406
Chapter XII Cachalots and Whales
414
Chapter XIII The Iceberg
429
Chapter XIV The South Pole
443
Chapter XV Accident or Incident?
459
Chapter XVI Want of Air
471
Chapter XVII From Cape Horn to the Amazon
487
Chapter XVIII The Poulps
498
Chapter XIX The Gulf Stream
511
Chapter XX From Latitude 47 24 to Longitude 17 28
524
Chapter XXI A Hecatomb
533
Chapter XXII The Last Words of Captain Nemo
547
Chapter XXIII Conclusion
559
Endnotes
562
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Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. He wrote for the theater and worked briefly as a stockbroker. He is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. His most popular novels included Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Several of his works have been adapted into movies and TV mini-series. In 1892, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in France. He died on March 24, 1905 at the age of 77.

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