Jules Verne con 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Collins Classics)
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'The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.'
Scientist Pierre Aronnax and his colleagues set out on an expedition to find a strange sea monster and are captured by the infamous and charismatic Captain Nemo and taken abroad the Nautilus submarine as his prisoners. As they travel the world's oceans, they become embroiled in adventures and events beyond their wildest dreams. Visionary in its outlook, Vern's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a legendary science fiction masterpiece.
Professor Aronnax, his faithful servant, Conseil, and the Canadian harpooner, Ned Land, begin an extremely hazardous voyage to rid the seas of a little-known and terrifying sea monster. However, the "monster" turns out to be a giant submarine, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, by whom they are soon held captive. So begins not only one of the great adventure classics by Jules Verne, the 'Father of Science Fiction', but also a truly fantastic voyage from the lost city of Atlantis to the South Pole.
"Unbearably thrilling and romantic...full of Verne's gentle humour" (Daily Mail)
"Among the deep-sea volcanoes, shoals of swirling fish, giant squid and sharks, Captain Nemo steers the Nautilus. Nemo is the renegade scientist par excellence, a man madly inventive in his quest for revenge" (Sunday Telegraph)
"A tale of terror, suspense and wonder" (Guardian)
"Fabulous...the pace is sharp and the story as dramatic and engaging as ever" (Daily Express)
"Verne's imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time" (Daily Mail)
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Three adventurers set out to kill a sea monster, but all is not as it seems. Out in the vast expanse of the Pacific they find not a beast but a submarine - the Nautilus, an advanced craft captained by the enigmatic Captain Nemo. Captured and hauled aboard, the adventurers accompany Nemo through coral reefs, shipwrecks and ancient ruins. There they hunt sharks and battle giant squid, not realizing that the greatest danger is Nemo himself, a man who will stop at nothing in his quest for vengeance.
Beautifully illustrated by the French painter Édouard Riou, who worked with Verne on six of his novels, this Macmillan Collector's Library edition also includes an afterword by Ned Halley.