Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas

Paperback | March 26, 2009

byJules VerneTranslated byWilliam Butcher

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'I'm going to sink it.' 'You are not!' 'I am,' he coldly replied. 'Do not take it on yourself to judge me, monsieur.' French naturalist Dr Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down a sea monster, only to discover instead the Nautilus, a self-contained world built by its enigmatic captain. Together Nemo and Aronnax explore the underwater marvels, undergo a transcendent experience amongst the ruins of Atlantis,and plant a black flag at the South Pole. But Nemo's mission is one of revenge - and his methods coldly efficient. Verne's classic work has left a profound mark on the twentieth century. Its themes are universal, is style humorous and grandiose, its construction masterly. This new and unabridged translation by the father of Verne studies brilliantly conveys the novel's tones and range. It appears with a distinguished Introduction and Notes, reporting the very first study of the manuscripts, together with revelations about the artistic and scientific references.

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'I'm going to sink it.' 'You are not!' 'I am,' he coldly replied. 'Do not take it on yourself to judge me, monsieur.' French naturalist Dr Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down a sea monster, only to discover instead the Nautilus, a self-contained world built by its enigmatic captain. Together Nemo and Aronnax explore the u...

William Butcher is Lecturer at the Institute of Education and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.91 inPublished:March 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539278

ISBN - 13:9780199539277

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionNote on the Text and TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Jules VerneTwenthyThousand Leagues Under the SeasAppendix: Sources of ideas on submarine navigationExplanatory Notes

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