Amador County author, lecturer and dioramist, Joseph W. Svec III, is once again displaying an exciting diorama at Hein &
Company Books & Vintage Goods, on Main Street, in Jackson. To commemorate the 187th birthday of novelist, poet and playwright, Jules Verne, the author's most famous novel, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," is
recreated as a miniature diorama depicting many scenes from the novel.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" was published in 1870, and tells the story of Captain Nemo and his futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, as
seen from the perspective of marine biologist, Professor Pierre Aronnax, after he, his servant, Conseil, and Canadian whaler, Ned Land, are rescued by Captain Nemo. Once on board the Nautilus, the three embark on a
voyage which takes them all the way around the world, under the sea, where they witness many spectacular sights.
The miniature diorama is a composite of numerous key moments from their undersea journey including: the
eruption of an undersea volcano, the underwater burial of one of Nemo's crew members, an encounter with a Narwhale, the Unicorn of the sea, harvesting treasure from a sunken shipwreck, the discovery of the lost City of
Atlantis and an epic battle with a giant squid.
Along with the miniature diorama, also displayed is a life-sized segment from Captain Nemo's quarters aboard the Nautilus depicting a Victorian dive helmet, his log book
and other artifacts.
In addition to creating the "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" diorama, Svec will also be giving a literary presentation on Captain Nemo at the March 3 meeting of the Amador County Holmes'
Hounds Sherlockian Society, beginning at 6 p.m. While Sherlock Holmes is considered literature's greatest detective, Captain Nemo is considered literature's greatest anti-hero, and the two do cross paths in several of
the pastiche novels that have been written over the years.
Svec's presentation will examine all three of Jules Verne's works in which Captain Nemo appears: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," "Mysterious Island"
and "Journey Through the Impossible," as well as the numerous movie adaptations and Captain Nemo pastiche novels that have been written over time.
The "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" diorama is on display in
the window of Hein & Company Books & Vintage Goods,
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