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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


The hallmark of a classic story is to be able to enchant readers across generations. Verne has certainly achieved this with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I never read this book as a child (or even saw any of the movies). I suspect I would have found the vocabulary too difficult, especially the names of all the marine life. The characters are all so very interesting. I particularly am inspired by Conseil, the role he plays as Aronnax's sidekick...respectful, helpful, but a lot too him beyond that of Aronnax's foil. Lots to learn here in terms of writing craft. Captain Nemo's character is masterful. Unpredictable, forceful, provocative.

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