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Around the World in 80 Days (The World's Best Reading) (original 1873; edition 1988)

by Jules Verne

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Title:Around the World in 80 Days (The World's Best Reading)
Authors:Jules Verne
Info:Readers Digest (1988), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 205 pages
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Tags:Adventure, Classic, Science Fiction, French, Fiction, Travel

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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1873)


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  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
"Traveling around the world has become a quite common theme nowadays. Everyone dreams about visiting other places, going into an exchange program trip, absorbing another place's culture; human access to world's most different places is possible and, sometimes, even encouraged. Even though we no longer need 80 days to go around the globe, Jules Verne managed to make a lasting story that is still highly enjoyable.

Around the World in Eighty Days is one of the most entertaining books I read last year; Verne is such a master with words that it's easy to get lost reading this story.

It begins is London, where the author introduces the eccentric Phileas Fogg, a rich loner who leads a methodical life. It happens that he is also a regular member of the Reformer's Club, where he goes to discuss various subjects with his mates, as well as to play chess and cards. So it happens that one day they challenge Fogg to go all around the world in eighty days, since he, after reading a news article, claims that this is possible. His mates don't think that such a thing can be done, so they bet money against him. Thus begins the adventure, with Phileas Fogg accompanied by his recently hired servant, Jean Passepartout.

Vernes depicts the most magnificent places throughout the story; they go through China, Japan, US and other countries, all described so well that it's really easy to visualize every scene in your mind. The fun thing, though, is that the story is acclimated at a time almost two centuries ago, so the means of transportation which the characters have to use are rustic and, sometimes, archaic, like steamers and horseback, for instance.

The characters are the best feature of the book, though; after reading this book I will never forget eccentric Phileas Fogg and his unwavering calmness and punctuality. To be honest, sometimes he stuck so much to punctuality, deadlines and everything, that he would get to my nerves. He is a character very well built throughout the story; even when he starts showing affection, he never loses his composure. Speaking of love, little after the half of the book, a female character is finally introduced; Aouda is a young woman which the others ""meet"" in India. She accompanies Fogg and Passepartout on their trip back to London. Passepartout is what gives life to the book, being responsible for all the humor and opportunities for adventures that come along the way. He has a very strong personality, being totally irresponsible and detached; this causes the trip lots of delays, turning the book much more interesting, since you start to doubt that they are going to be able to complete the travel around the world in time.

Overall, this is a great book, slow at the beginning, but very gripping once you get to know more about the characters. Verne's writing style is very smart and he delivers a beautiful story in a very simple and accessible way.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new.

The Last Passage
Phileas Fogg had won his wager, and had made his journey around the world in eighty days. To do this he had employed every means of conveyance-steamers, railways, carriages, yachts, tradin-vessels, sledges, elephants. The eccentric gentleman had throughout displayed all his marvellous qualities of coolness and exactitude. But what then? What had he really gained by all this trouble? What had he brought back from this long and weary journey?
Nothing, say you? Perhaps so; nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men!
Truly, would you no for less than that make the tour around the world?
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  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
Around the World in 80 Days is Jules Verne’s classic adventure story. One evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg “impulsively” bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days. Breaking the very well-established routine of his daily life (one could say compulsive), the Fogg immediately sets off for Dover, accompanied by his servant Passepartout. Travelling by train, steamship, sailing boat, sledge and even elephant, they must overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard - who believes that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England - to win the wager. The story is simple and fun, though for the modern reader one may be surprised by the bias of the main character—particularly towards the natives of India. In addition I found that the main character for me was Passepartout—a wonderfully funny character—who in many ways really saves the day. But in the end we also see the growth of the character Fogg, who begins to see the importance of friendship and love above his usual concerns of reserve and punctuality. He is willing to lose his bet in order to personally help a friend, and he doesn’t care about defeat because he has won the hand of the woman he loves. I actually listened to the novel being read by Jim Dale (of Harry Potter fame)—which made this novel even more enjoyable. 4 ½ out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Aug 7, 2015 |
I read this book so long ago that I had forgotten most of the details of the plot. Phileas Fogg is an unflappable Englishman who lives his life through mathematical precision and time. While at his club playing cards, he takes up a bet for 20,000 pounds that it is possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He leaves immediately, taking his new French manservant, Passepartout, with him. Adding to the plot is a Detective Fix who follows Fogg on his journey believing that he is a thief.

Verne wrote this book in 1873, and his view of the world at that time was full of stereotypes. If you can get past that, it is a great adventure tale, that uses many of the new events of the time (the opening of the Suez Canal, the completion of the Transcontinental Railway in the U.S., the widespread use of the technology of the steam engine). Plus, this unabridged version was so much better than the version I read as a youngster. Jim Dale's excellent narration, with different voices for all of the characters, added a lot of life to the story.

As for the air balloon on the cover, there is only a passing mention of an air balloon, and Fogg does not use one on his journey. It may be that the excellent film, with David Niven (and many others fine actors), is the idea behind that cover art.

I think that this is one of Jules Verne's most well known works, along with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and From the Earth to the Moon. It was a lot of fun.

August 2014 ( )
  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
At no point does Phileas Fogg or Passepartout get in an air balloon. Lies, all lies. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
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Aldiss, Brian W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bradbury, RayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Case, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814.
In the year 1872, No. 7 Savile Row, Burlington Gardens -- the house where Sheridan died in 1814 -- was occupied by Phileas Fogg, Esq.
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In the year 1872, the house at number 7 Savile Row, Burlington Gardens - the house in which Sheridan died in 1814 - was lived in by Phileas Fogg, Esq., one of the oddest and most striking members of the Reform Club, even though he seemed determined to avoid doing anything that might draw attention to himself.
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For a bet, Phileas Fogg sets out with his servant Passeportout to achieve an incredible journey - from London to Paris, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and back to London again, all in just eighty days. There are many alarms and surprises along the way - and a last minute setback that makes all the difference between winning and losing.

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For a bet, Phileas Fogg sets out with his servant Passepartout to achieve an incredible journey -- from London to Paris, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and back to London again, all in just eighty days! There are many alarms and surprises along the way -- and a last-minute setback that makes all the difference between winning and losing.… (more)

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