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2013-06-18 04:30:37 AM  
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Good points about the translations. I read Jules' books as a kid in French. Came across the English versions later in life, and thought "WTF am I reading?"
2013-06-17 08:00:44 PM  
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea wasn't written FOR anyone, children or otherwise.  The ideas in it were put to good use by others, but good Christ that's some dry, painful prose.  I quit reading it halfway through, when he started in with yet another grouping of several PAGES of scientific names for sea creatures that they had seen. I'd had enough.

I was ~30 years old when I read it, and at the time, it was the only book I'd quit on.
 
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