20.000 leagues of underwater travel

twenty thousand leagues of voyage submarion by jules verne illustrated by Comotto and edited by Nórdica

I admit, I had never read 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, it is one of those books that always get stuck in line, one of the eternal pending, along with many others by Jules Verne. It's funny but when I was little they never caught my attention and look, I've read strange things. But when I saw the ebook on offer from the Nordic publishing house, I didn't think about it.

Choosing the edition of the book

So here I am on the side with my ebook illustrated by Agustín Comotto and translated by Íñigo Jáuregui and on the other hand with a physical book, from the collection "Las Grandes Novelas de Aventuras" by Ediciones Orbis in 1984 and translated by Manuel Valvé.

The decision seemed difficult, but after reading and comparing several passages, Iñigo Jáuregui's translation convinced me much more. A much closer language, much more current, while with my old book things like its first sentence were read

The year 1866 was marked by a strange event

And it is possible that my old edition fits more to a literal translation of the work, but I have really enjoyed the Nordic edition, which by the way, if you want you can buy it on amazon.

We always talk about the author, but how little importance we give to translators when it really is a key factor.

Book Review

The book it is a compendium of adventures and wit. Especially in the first part where my facet as an engineer and as a hacker or maker as they now call it gives an adrenaline rush and does not let me stop reading.

Although it is true that for my taste it abuses listing marine species after species, sometimes it seems that there is no end and that we are reading a list of species from marine biology. But we can forgive him for moments like these

Well, that is the sodium that I extract from sea water and with which I compose my elements.

- The sodium?

-Yes. Mixed with mercury, they form an amalgam that replaces zinc in the Bunzen elements. Mercury is never wasted. Only sodium is consumed and the sea provides it to me. I will also tell you that sodium batteries should be considered the most energetic, since their electromotive force is twice that of zinc batteries.

The first part of the novel, where it is related how the Nautilus was built and the series of ingenuities that it owns, is amazing. We have to remember the era in which it is written and that Jules Verne was not an engineerThat is why so much technical description is even more surprising.

"You see," Captain Nemo said, "I use the Bunzen elements and not the Ruhmkorff." These would be useless. Bunzen elements are few in number, but strong and powerful, which, in our experience, is more important. The electricity generated is applied to the stern, where, by means of large electromagnets, it acts on a special system of levers and gears that transmit the movement to the propeller shaft. This one, which has a diameter of six meters and a radius of seven and a half meters, can give up to XNUMX revolutions per second.

Captain Nemo, takes everything necessary to survive, from the sea, from fabrics made with algae to food and energy sources. Endless wits.

But the book is above all an adventure book. Endless adventures.

A horrible monster was stirring before my eyes, worthy of appearing in teratological legends.

It was a squid of colossal dimensions, measuring eight meters in length, which was moving backwards with extreme rapidity in the direction of the Nautilus.

A Kraken, Atlantis, treasures, the Arctic, secret passages between continents and the Maelstrom, are some of the mysteries and adventures that the intrepid crew of the Nautilus have to face. At this point I don't think spoilers can be made for this book.

Illustration of Captain Nemo by Comotto

Captain Nemo a mysterious character, with a past that has made him deny the land and its inhabitants to take refuge and live exclusively from the sea. And unfortunately we are left without discovering anything of that past. It has been a bit frustrating for me, if the same thing happens to you you can read the Mysterious Island, where the identity of Nemo is revealed, how he built his submarine and they also talk about his death.

If you have been wanting more, here is the Nordica book trailer for the twenty thousand leagues of submarine travel of Comotto and Jaúregui.

These kinds of books make me feel like a child. Have you read Jules Verne? What do you recommend me?

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth.
  • Around the World in 80 Days.
  • The mysterious Island.
  • 5 weeks in a balloon.

Or someone else from the author? Of course, I would like a good edition and translation.

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3 Comments on "20.000 Leagues Under the Sea"

  1. I have it in my futures. The truth is that I do not remember if I read it when I was a child. I guess I'm late in the recommendation ... I really liked Trip to the center of the Earth.

  2. It is impossible not to read this title, even though in my Vernian times my favorites were "the castle of the Carpathians" and "the mysterious island" more the first than the second.


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