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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Jules Verne

HarperCollins is proud to present a range of best-loved, essential classics.'The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.'Scientist Pierre Aronnax and his colleagues set out on an expedition to find a strange sea monster and are captured by the infamous and charismatic Captain Nemo and taken abroad the Nautilus submarine as his prisoners. As they travel the world's oceans, they become embroiled in adventures and events beyond their wildest dreams. Visionary in its outlook, Vern's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a legendary science fiction masterpiece.

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Table of Contents

Cover Page (#u523e9d73-4665-5d71-ae7e-8b954b403b2d)

Title Page (#u8908620d-527d-53b0-bff5-9d8f1b8df55a)

History of Collins (#uf2ec1926-cd32-5902-88dc-ef6ba02d1e4a)

CHAPTER 1 A Floating Reef (#u00aac68f-ad1d-545b-9828-041869d46e88)

CHAPTER 2 For and Against (#ua0abed09-0688-5d77-9c9d-556ab437d6d8)

CHAPTER 3 As Monsieur Pleases (#udf36e1f6-f44d-5e9f-9146-97d2b4f4bf39)

CHAPTER 4 Ned Land (#udb7a4432-d94e-5315-8829-8e296ca117e7)

CHAPTER 5 At Random (#u4c266f93-2f05-5bc0-a990-42671c4ed84a)

CHAPTER 6 With all Steam on (#ud791b303-c987-5d5a-9858-e6d004609b92)

CHAPTER 7 A Whale of an Unknown Species (#u80269678-12b1-5aee-9424-710942528907)

CHAPTER 8 Mobilis in Mobile (#u5c77e402-8bc0-5b99-b9ae-943aa4ed70b9)

CHAPTER 9 Ned Land’s Anger (#u427b90cf-5414-5ca3-a5e7-40e52d9e211d)

CHAPTER 10 Nemo (#u11b65829-91ea-5d28-9126-1ca3b505dad4)

CHAPTER 11 The ‘Nautilus’ (#uca40087c-d672-5031-90e0-c19157fe81c5)

CHAPTER 12 Everything by Electricity (#uef53ded2-4c2c-5c93-91c7-24351c294bd4)

CHAPTER 13 Figures (#uaa85f822-c171-5c36-b34f-87874eb230b9)

CHAPTER 14 The Black River (#u518be995-8206-5845-adf6-d0834db71549)

CHAPTER 15 A Written Invitation (#u9afcc28c-95ae-52dd-b81a-7226be662751)

CHAPTER 16 At the Bottom of the Sea (#u13a21aba-f26b-54a3-85fc-bfa78a83667c)

CHAPTER 17 A Submarine Forest (#u48df7db0-37cf-52ae-9ac2-cd677b7f7480)

CHAPTER 18 Four Thousand Leagues Under the Pacific (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 19 Vanikoro (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 20 Torres Straits (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 21 Some Days on Land (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 22 Captain Nemo’s Thunderbolt (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 23 Aegri Somnia (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 24 The Coral Kingdom (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 25 The Indian Ocean (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 26 A Fresh Proposition of Captain Nemo’s (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 27 A Pearl Worth Ten Millions (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 28 The Red Sea (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 29 The Arabian Tunnel (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 30 The Grecian Archipelago (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 31 The Mediterranean in Forty-Eight Hours (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 32 Vigo Bay (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 33 A Vanished Continent (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 34 Submarine Coalfields (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 35 The Sargasso Sea (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 36 Cachalots and Whales (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 37 The Ice-Bank (#litres_trial_promo)