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Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1870

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • Genre: Fiction; science fiction/adventure
  • Originally Published: 1870
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 930L; grades 9-12; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: 2 parts, 46 chapters; approximately 190 pages; approximately 11 hours, 13 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea follows the adventures of Professor Pierre Aronnax, his loyal servant Conseil, and harpooner Ned Land as they embark on a journey aboard the submarine Nautilus, led by the enigmatic Captain Nemo. The central conflict revolves around their encounters with the mysterious Captain Nemo, who takes them on a voyage beneath the ocean's surface to explore its wonders and mysteries. As they travel deeper into the underwater world, they grapple with questions of science, morality, and the boundaries of human knowledge. The novel is known for its vivid descriptions of marine life and its exploration of the relationship between man and nature.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Involuntary confinement; colonialism and 19th century prejudices toward non-European peoples; hunting and animal killing/cruelty

Jules Verne, Author

  • Bio: Born 1828, deceased 1905; French novelist known as one of the pioneers of science fiction literature; celebrated for his visionary works that foreshadowed technological advancements; authored numerous adventure and science fiction novels that continue to be celebrated for their imaginative storytelling
  • Other Works: Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864); From the Earth to the Moon (1865); Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)