Around the World in 80 Days is the eleventh book written by Jules Verne. This book follows Phileas Fogg and his newly hired French valet, Passepartout. This book starts out with Fogg being wealthy and very predictable in his ways by being at the having a daily schedule which was the same everyday with exact times that he would leave home and arrive at the Reform Club in London. On the same day that he hires Passepartout he makes a wager with a group of men, with whom he plays whist daily at the club, that he could make a trip around the world in eighty days. Surprising Passepartout he arrives home early telling him to pack some clothes in a carpet bag along with some money they immediately begin their travels. After they started on their journey Detective Fix started following their trail and tried to delay them along the way while waiting for a warrant from England for the arrest of Fogg, who Fix believes robbed the Bank of England just days before their departure.
Many of us have seen 1956 or 2004 movie or one of many cartoons or spoofs loosely based on this book. I noticed many differences in the book. A stop in Paris is briefly mentioned in the book. None of the travel was made in a balloon in this story, most of it done by sea or rail. By his description of the area they travel, you feel like you are with them. Despite the differences, I still like the book better than the movies.
You can download this book in various ebook formats from the various sites:
Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/103
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/around-the-world-in-eighty-days-jules-verne/1100059495?ean=2940017083932
Tim’s Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)
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