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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    2018-09-05  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

It is a classic adventure novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. A model of the French submarine* Plongeur (launched in 1863) was displayed at the 1867 Exposition Universelle, where it was studied by Jules Verne, who used it as inspiration for the novel.

The story begins in year 1866, when ships of several nations spot a mysterious* sea monster. Some suggest it to be a giant narwhal. The United States government assembles* an expedition in New York City to find and destroy the monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story, who happens to be in New York at the time, receives a last-minute invitation to join the expedition which he accepts. Canadian whaler and master harpoonist Ned Land and Aronnax’s faithful servant Conseil are also brought aboard.

The expedition departs Brooklyn aboard the United States Navy frigate Abraham Lincoln and travels south around Cape Horn into the Pacific Ocean. The ship finds the monster after a long search and then attacks the beast, which damages the ship’s rudder*. The three protagonists* are then hurled into the water and grasp hold of the “hide” of the creature, which they find, to their surprise, to be a submarine very far ahead of its era. They are quickly captured and brought inside the vessel, where they meet its enigmatic* creator and commander, Captain Nemo.

The rest of the story follows the adventures of the protagonists aboard the submarine, the Nautilus — which was built in secrecy and now roams the seas free from any land-based government.

(SD-Agencies)

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