2020-06-01 18:09:19 UTC
Like many people, I misunderstood the title when I was little - even though I was (probably) already old enough to understand the word "league."
Here's one anniversary tribute:
And, from 2014:
If Jules Verne had written “Twenty thousand leagues under the sea” 150 years later, he would have included some subsea factories when he approaches the Norwegian coast towards the end of the book.
Jules Verne wrote his famous book about the same time that the world’s first commercial oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania, USA. The book was published in 1870 and at that time the world’s ocean depths were still almost unexplored and certainly not used to extract oil resources.
There are limits to how many parallels can be drawn between a book from the 1800s and modern subsea technology. But there is no doubt that Jules Verne was fascinated by modern science. The French author studied law, but could just as well have been scientist or engineer....