Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

January 30, 1873

The story follows two travelers that grow to a trio and then a foursome as they fight their way through countless obstacles to reach home. The main characters are Phileas Foggwho is trying to win a bet that he made with the Reform Club that he can tr...

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Adventure fiction

252 Pages
4.3

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The story follows two travelers that grow to a trio and then a foursome as they fight their way through countless obstacles to reach home. The main characters are Phileas Foggwho is trying to win a bet that he made with the Reform Club that he can travel around the world in 80 days.

Around the World in Eighty Days is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in French in 1872. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (£2,242,900 in 2019) set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works.

Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright.

Verne's collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism.His reputation was markedly different in Anglophone regions where he had often been labeled a writer of genre fiction or children's books, largely because of the highly abridged and altered translations in which his novels have often been printed (until the 1980s, when his "literary reputation ... began to improve")

 

Review:

 

Surprisingly, I've never read this book before. I read almost everything else by Verne (at least most of his popular works) but this was somehow missed... so I decided to fill in the hole in my education, without regards of it being a children's book.

The main character, Phileas Fogg undertakes a journey around the world with his servant, wagering to do it in 80 days. Along the way he is considered a robber, rescues a lady from sacrifice in India, sails through many stormy seas, fights indians, crosses collapsing bridges, runs a ship with itself as a fuel and plays a lot of whist.

The story is simple and fun, and shines with Verne's recognizable style - scientific, almost mathematic, with the highest regards for the main characters and full of real-world knowledge.

Phileas Fogg is described brilliantly as a satire of an intelligent English gentlemen - I found the first pages where his life order is described hilarious - such over-emphasized pedantism !

It's funny how far from relevant this book is today. Put air-flight aside for the moment, and even then it's not even close. In Fogg's times there was a single ship a week from Japan to America, two days separated between trains from San Francisco to New York and a simple delay could ruin the whole journey. Indeed, transportation has vastly progressed in the past 100 years.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book as a fun light reading.

 

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