For a lawyer turned one of the first sci-fi authors, he did a very good job.
Originally, I tried to read this for my French Four class in high school. I got through the first chapter. Mostly because I had better, faster paced books out of the library at the same time. Plus it was a hard cover in one of the many fonts that just gives me a head ache. As well as the fact that I really hated French homework, (I did just enough to pass).
So when Alpert, the French teacher, said we had to read something by a French author, genius that I am, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and read a book on my very long list of LXG books to read.
Bad plan. I got a seventy five on the final based on said book, and read the first chapter.
Last summer, in the 'give-the-library-ten-cents-for-an-eight-dollar-book' sale, I found a grubby, old paper back copy of the book. Needless to say I bought it.
I don't like hardcover books, I always feel guilty writing in the margins, paperbacks no such issues. They all end up in hard shape from being stuck in my tiny little purses for extended amounts of time anyway.
Yeah back to the book, it was really good. i'm talking full five stars here. At least once you got to Nemo and his submarine thinger there.
Verne who had little real experience with marine life except what was in French museums at the time did an amazing job with his underseas world. One thing that can be said about 19th century books is that the detail is amazing. somtimes it's a bad thing (Dracula) in the case of 20,000, it's a VERY good thing.