This page killed two of my pens. Alas. I hope you at least enjoy what their final moments of scratchy and listless agony brought.
Their sacrifice was not in vain. Not I'm supposing that N is NOT a Captain Nemo reference (Mobilis in Mobile, if I recall. But I was a pig at Latin)
Underwater adventures have not made themselves known to me, alas, but when they do I'll be sprinkling in Captain Nemo stuff and snorting to myself the whole while, you can count on it :}
20,000 Leagues is...well... I really enjoyed the James Mason movie version, even if it was Disney, almost entirely because I really liked James Mason. I read the book as a result, but was left seriously disappointed with Jules Verne as a writer, and possibly as a person. At one point he stopped the action for a page an a half list of the scientific names of fishes. No information. Just Latin names (and I'm a pig at Latin). Hundreds of them. For no reason. Will this be on the test? He also made glaring logic errors even for his time, like mining for coal inside a volcano. And the Nautilus as this invincible nuclear-powered submarine? In the book it ran on dry-cell batteries. Oh, let-down!
Holy cow, did he accidentally publish his first draft or something? Even Moby Dick had a reason for forcing every single known fact about whales on us for 400 pages before getting to the point. (Ishmael, as your psychiatrist I feel compelled to remind you that you will need to tell me about the white whale eventually.) It baffles me how some things become so popular.