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Around the World in Eighty Days | Jules Verne | The Litertarian
The year is 1872, smack in the middle of the steam era, and Phileas Fogg is enthusiastic about what it means for modern civilization. Oh, the possibilities! A man could travel full around the world in as little as 80 days! …but his friends at the Reform Club aren’t as confident. 80 days? That’s less than three months! Let’s make a bet on that. And so, with 20,000 pounds at stake, the wealthy Londoner Phileas Fogg sets out in the company of a domestic servant Passepartout to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or less. The adventure takes them through India (where they enlist the help of an elephant at one point), Hong Kong (where they nearly miss a passage across the sea), & the American West (with unexpected encounters aplenty there too). The obstacles pop up at every opportunity, and are overcome one by one – but will they make it back to the Reform Club in time to win back his fortune? This is the second Jules Verne classic I’ve read, and it was a really fun book. It’s a wholesome adventure story that is a little outdated in terms of political correctness, but it’s a novel of its time. In fact, it, and other Jules Verne novels, are known for being quite ahead of their time. One of my favorite things about the book is the characters. Mr. Fogg is so determined to accomplish his goal that he will throw any amount of money at a plausible solution to each obstacle they are confronted with. Yet he still seemed so laid back, and never seemed to worry that any hindrance was going to derail their mission. The added layer of suspense added by the detective Fix hot on their trail was a fun bonus. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting from this novel, but it wasn’t what it turned out to be. Now, after reading and enjoying both The Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days, I definitely will be seeking out more Jules Verne works to read. Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for which I should read next! 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Methinks yes! Pages | 252Publishing Date | 1873Goodreads Page | Around the World in 80 DaysBook Depository (Affiliate Link) | Paperback