Vingt mille lieues sous les mers

Last Friday I picked up a copy of the classic 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne and last night I finished reading it. That would have to be some kind of record for me, I usually sit on a book for weeks or months. I’d say it’s a direct reflection on just how much I enjoyed reading it.

The most interesting thing about this book is just how advanced it was for its day, I mean it was first published way back in 1870. Whilst there had been some basic prototype / proof-of-concept submarines at or around this time in history, the fact remains that Verne just about invented the modern submarine within the context of this book, an incredible thought. The descriptions of travelling underwater, amongst subterranean mountain ranges; of divers using self-contained breathing apparatus and the submarine travelling underneath ice - all pure fantasy back in the day, all have been fulfilled in more recent history.