Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book 201010: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne


So I have to say I’m loving my Nook right now. You get a bunch of classic novels for free and this was one of them.

It was a fun and easy read and I have to say I’m much more of Team Captain Nemo than a Team Captain Ahab fan. Not so much because I like Captain Nemo, but I just loved the story so much and Moby Dick was just one of those books that I had to force myself to finish.

On the other hand, this one had me hooked from page 1! You can read a full review here. As a young mother, I would love to have my own personal manservant. How I wish Conseil would come work for me.

My favorite character was definitely Ned Land, though. In a movie, I’d probably cast him as Harrison Ford. He seems like that type of guy to me, an adventurer who’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty!

Plus, Ned’s the one that drove their quest for freedom. Without him, the other two might still be trapped in the Nautilus stranded under the sea.

I also liked how Verne doesn’t reveal why Captain Nemo is so haunted. In my opinion, it makes the story seem more real. I guess because in life no one really knows what causes people to do the things they do. You can try to guess why, but you never really know.

In the end, I would definitely recommend this book to any of my friends. I know it’s a random review, but I wasn’t an English major and it’s about all that I can do right now. Plus, I figure there are tons of more philosophical reviews out there and mine is just short and sweet :)