This book is a real gem from the lost time of 1870 written by the famous french author Jules Verne.
I always like to watch movies and read books without knowing anything of the storyline, but this book is not very subtle in its hints of whats to come. If you have the title and see the cover art, you will know about the Nautilus. This remarkable submarine build by its own Captain Nemo.
I really love the first part of this book, the mystery of the sea. Who is this Captain Nemo? And how is a submarine like the Nautilus even possible? Jules Verne accomplishes these scientific explanations excellently and creates a captain like no other in Nemo.
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. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite. – Captain Nemo
I am not what you call a civilized man! I have done with society entirely, for reasons which I alone have the right of appreciating. I do not, therefore, obey its laws, and I desire you never to allude to them before me again! – Captain Nemo
Do not read this last part if you have any plans for reading this book. The last part of the book obstruct me from defining it as a true masterpiece. It just feels like the crew is on a journey with no meaning, and you don’t get to know much more of any of the characters in the book. The journey also ends very abruptly in a male storm outside Norway. I am sure Jules Verne tried to give captain Nemo a poetic death, with the possibility if him surviving. But this last part of the story just don’t give this great Captain Nemo enough respect in my opinion.