Back to Classics Challenge – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Book with a Number in the Title – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, was recommended by my husband. It is on our Ambleside Online schedule for year 5 as well, so it was both a free read for me and a preread in preparation for the kids.

Truthfully, the book has always sounded interesting, but was not something I would pick up and begin without a little push.

I was surprised at how quickly I found myself having trouble putting the book down! The adventure and language throughout the book were so enticing that, many nights, I read much later than I should.

Jules Verne’s writing made me feel as if I was a passenger taking the trip around the world on the Nautilus.

The Plot

The story is told from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax who, with his servant and fellow whaler are taken in on the Nautilus and begin a journey around the world, under the sea. The descriptions of the sea-life and adventure was outstanding. You could actually picture the beautiful and sometimes scary life they were encountering.

It’s hard to imagine being captured on a submarine and leaving what you know of as life to pursue the open seas away from everything you’ve been accustomed to just days earlier. Sympathy and excitement were pulsing through my veins as the character relationships began to develop and then break apart.


Between the characters, the adventure and Verne’s beautiful descriptions, it was easy to place yourself on the Nautilus traveling the seas.

If you missed this classic in your early life, take to it now. There is a reason it is a classic book! Hopefully you will be sucked into the story as much as I was throughout.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes in the book.

From my Commonplace:

“For natures creative power is far beyond man’s instinct of destruction.”
“It was rain falling violently and crisping the surface of the waves. Instinctively, the thought flashed across my mind that i should be wet through! By the water! In the midst of the water! I could not help laughing at the odd idea.”

Happy reading!


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