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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new” ― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When an arrogant young Englishman bets his friends that Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new” ― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When an arrogant young Englishman bets his friends that he can travel around the world in 80 days, he begins an adventure that has been celebrated as a literary classic.


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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new” ― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When an arrogant young Englishman bets his friends that Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new” ― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When an arrogant young Englishman bets his friends that he can travel around the world in 80 days, he begins an adventure that has been celebrated as a literary classic.

30 review for Around the World in Eighty Days

  1. 4 out of 5

    James T

    "Truly, would you not for less than that make a tour around the world?" This is the second Verne book I have devoured in two days which have both been accredited four-five stars. I could end the review at that and I would be content! Similar to The Journey to the Centre of the Earth which I read yesterday - Verne creates amazingly awesome and complex characters. The main protagonist Mr. Fogg is an obsessive-compulsive routine loving timekeeper who bets his chums at the club that he can travel arou "Truly, would you not for less than that make a tour around the world?" This is the second Verne book I have devoured in two days which have both been accredited four-five stars. I could end the review at that and I would be content! Similar to The Journey to the Centre of the Earth which I read yesterday - Verne creates amazingly awesome and complex characters. The main protagonist Mr. Fogg is an obsessive-compulsive routine loving timekeeper who bets his chums at the club that he can travel around the world in 80 days, which a newspaper said was possible - if no delays were incurred. He is so deep, that so much is beneath the surface of this quiet, content gentleman. Never fearing or worrying whatever dilemmas are thrown in his path and always willing to fail the mission to help his friends. He is also very good at handling a boat. I have to ask - does anyone know if he has been in any of Verne's previous stories as it seems like he has an amazing past. If he hasn't been present and that is just what is built up by the writing in this book I am speechless. His trusty French manservant is amazing too - Not for a long time have two characters been so three dimensional and have I truly cared about them so much in 200 or so pages. This dude is clever, he worries like he is always ruining the plan but he is very loyal, apt gymnast and sometimes a lifesaver. Other characters Fix (a stalking policeman) and Aouda (a rescued Indian damsel) are amazingly created colourful characters too. I don't want to say too much of the story but it takes places all over the world. London, China, India, Japan, HK, America, Liverpool amongst others. Full of amazing set pieces that whilst being gripping always bring a smile to your face. Traveling on an elephant to rescue a lady due to be burnt to the death, fighting bandits on railway lines in the US are just a couple of these many amazing incidents. I was expecting a scene with a hot air balloon which I see in all the film version advertisements which (spoiler) is not in the book. I do think that later I am going to watch the Steve Coogan /Jackie Chan version of this to see how it compares. Once again my Goodreads friends, this was free on Kindle/Amazon. Check it out. Love as always. James x www.youandibooks.wordpress.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    848. Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours = Around The World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages #11), Jules Verne Around the World in Eighty Days, is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Jean Passepartout, attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works. عنوانها: سیاحت بر دورادور کره زمین به هشتاد روز؛ سف 848. Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours = Around The World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages #11), Jules Verne Around the World in Eighty Days, is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Jean Passepartout, attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works. عنوانها: سیاحت بر دورادور کره زمین به هشتاد روز؛ سفر هشتاد روزه دور دنيا؛ دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ س‍ف‍ر ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روزه‌ ب‍دور دن‍ی‍ا؛ 80 (ه‍ش‍ت‍اد) روز دور دن‍ی‍ا‌؛ ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز دور دن‍ی‍ا؛ دور دن‍ی‍ا در 80 روز: م‍ت‍ن‌ دو زب‍ان‍ه‌ ف‍ران‍س‍ه‌ - ف‍ارس‍ی‌‌؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه دسامبر سال 1968 میلادی عنوان: سیاحت بر دورادور کره زمین به هشتاد روز؛ سفر هشتاد روزه دور دنیا سیاحتی...؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: محمود طرزی؛ کابل، عنایت، 1289؛ در 377 ص؛ عنوان: سفر هشتاد روزه دور دنيا؛ مترجم: محمدحسین فروغی (ذکاء الملک)؛ بی جا، 1300.؛ عنوان: سفر هشتاد روزه دور دنیا سیاحتی...؛ بنگاه نشریات بریانی - فردوسی، 1335. (63 ص)؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: اردشیر نیکپور؛ تهران، گوتنبرگ، 1336؛ در 377 ص؛ عنوان: س‍ف‍ر ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روزه‌ ب‍دور دن‍ی‍ا؛ اث‍ر: ژول‌ ورن‌؛ مت‍رج‍م‍: ح‍ب‍ی‍ب‌ال‍ل‍ه‌ ص‍ح‍ی‍ح‍ی‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1342. (189 ص مصور) چاپ دوم، 1373 شابک: 9644455010؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز‌؛ ت‍ل‍خ‍ی‍ص‌: دوم‍ی‍ن‍ی‍ک‌ ب‍ی‌ه‍ورو؛ مت‍رج‍م‍: م‍ح‍م‍دت‍ق‍ی‌ دان‍ی‍ا، ت‍ه‍ران‌: اق‍ب‍ال‌، 1352. (137 ص مصور)؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز؛ اقتباس: س‍ع‍ی‍د س‍ی‍ار، بی‌جا، بی‌تا. (158 ص)؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز‌؛ مترجم: س‍ع‍ی‍د س‍ی‍ار؛ وی‍راس‍ت‍ار: م‍ج‍ی‍د س‍ی‍ف‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: س‍پ‍ی‍ده‌‏‫، 1372. (171 ص)؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: محمدرضا جعفری؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، چاپ سوم 1352؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز؛ م‍ت‍رج‍م‌: ن‍اظر ن‍ع‍م‍ت‍ی‌، [ت‍ه‍ران‌]: م‍ج‍رد، 1363. (172 ص مصور)؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز‌؛ مت‍رج‍م: ج‍م‍ال‌ ص‍ن‍ع‍ت‌ن‍گ‍ار، م‍ش‍ه‍د: ن‍ش‍ر بنگاه کتاب مشهد، 1369. (204 ص مصور)؛ عنوان: ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز دور دن‍ی‍ا‌؛ اقتباس: ب‍ه‍رام‌ ه‍م‍ای‍ون‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ج‍ان‍زاده‌، 1374. (64 ص مصور)؛ عنوان: 80 (ه‍ش‍ت‍اد) روز دور دن‍ی‍ا‌؛ م‍ت‍رج‍م‌: ج‍ل‍ی‍ل‌ ده‍م‍ش‍ک‍ی‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ج‍ان‍زاده‌، 1375. (176 ص مصور)؛ عنوان: ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز دور دن‍ی‍ا؛ اقتباس: ف‍اطم‍ه‌ ن‍ق‍اش‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ک‍وش‍ش‌، 1375. (112 ص)؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز‌؛ اقتباس: ب‍ه‍رام‌ ن‍ظام‌ آب‍ادی‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: پ‍ی‍م‍ان‌، 1376. (128 ص مصور)؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز؛ اقتباس: ک‍ی‍م‍ا م‍ل‍ک‍ی‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ارغ‍وان‌، 1375. (136 ص مصور) شابک: 964900226؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز؛ اقتباس: ک‍م‍ال‌ ب‍ه‍روزک‍ی‍ا، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ن‍ش‍ر ح‍دی‍ث‌، 1377. (80 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9645837383؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز‌؛ مت‍رج‍م‍: ع‍ل‍ی‌ ف‍اطم‍ی‍ان‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ن‍ش‍ر چ‍ش‍م‌ ان‍داز: وزارت‌ ف‍ره‍ن‍گ‌ و ارش‍اد اس‍لام‍ی‌، س‍ازم‍ان‌ چ‍اپ‌ و ان‍ت‍ش‍ارات‌، 1379؛ (237 ص مصور)؛ شابک: ایکس - 964422180؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز‌؛ خ‍لاص‍ه‌ گ‍ر: م‍اری‍ان‌ ل‍ی‌ ت‍ون‌؛ م‍ت‍رج‍م‌: ن‍ادی‍ا زع‍ی‍م‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ای‍ران‌ م‍ه‍ر، 1379. (150 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9647406053؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در ه‍ش‍ت‍اد روز‌؛ ت‍ل‍خ‍ی‍ص‌ و ب‍ازن‍وی‍س‍ی‌: ج‍وی‍س‌ ف‍ارادی‌‏‫؛ م‍ت‍رج‍م‌: ام‍ی‍ن‌ اظه‍ری‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ن‍ش‍ر ح‍ن‍ان‍ه‌‏‫، 1380؛ (39 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9645941253؛ عنوان: دور دن‍ی‍ا در 80 روز: م‍ت‍ن‌ دو زب‍ان‍ه‌ ف‍ران‍س‍ه‌ - ف‍ارس‍ی‌‌؛ م‍ت‍رج‍م‌: ج‍م‍ش‍ی‍د ب‍ه‍رام‍ی‍ان‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌: ب‍ه‍رام‍ی‍ان‌‏‫، 1383؛ (203 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9649222251؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ مترجم: گویک اواکم، تهران: شرکت توسعه کتابخانه‌های ایران، 1385؛ (146 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9645760607؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ بازنویسی: مایکل دین؛ مترجم: صدیقه شریف، تهران: دادجو‏‫، 1388؛ (95 ص)؛ شابک: 9789642646371؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ اقتباس: الهام دانش‌نژاد، تهران: دبیر‏‫، 1390؛ (64 ص)؛ شابک: 9786005955248؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ اقتباس: محمدرضا همت‌خواه، تهران: عصر اندیشه‏‫، ‏‫1390؛ (59 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9786005550054؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ اقتباس: مهسا یزدانی، تهران: بهجت‏‫، 1392. (195 ص مصور)؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ مترجم: آرمین هدایتی، تهران: بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب پارسه، 1393؛ (232 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9786002531018؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ مترجم: غزاله ابراهیمی، تهران: کارگاه نشر، 1394؛ (267 ص)؛ شابک: 9789645546470؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ اقتباس: ارشیا نیازی، تهران: اندیشه فاضل، ‏‫‏‏‏‏1394؛ (60 ص)؛ شابک: 9786008052074؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ اقتباس: صدیقه شریف، تهران: آبینه، 1395، (95 ص)؛ شابک: 9786008098010؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در 80 روز؛ اقتباس: سوده کریمی، تهران : ذکر، کتاب‌های قاصدک، ‏‫1395؛ (32 ص مصور)؛ شابک: 9789643075996؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در 80 روز؛ مترجم شادی کلینی؛ بازآرا(ویراستار): بهاره میرزایی؛ تهران، موسسه نگارش الکترونیک کتاب؛ 1396؛ (138 ص)؛ شابک: 9786008299615؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در 80 روز؛ اقتباس: مجید ریاحی؛ تهران: انتشارات پنگوئن، ‏‫1396؛ (129 ص)؛ عنوان: دور دنیا در هشتاد روز؛ تصویرگران: دو نویل، ال بنت؛ ‏م‫ترجم: فرزانه مهری؛ تهران : آفرینگان : ققنوس، ‏‫1396؛ (344 ص مصور) ؛ شابک: 9786003910362؛ و بسیار دیگر از مترجمین و انتشاراتیها که نتوانستم پیداشان کنم چکیده: یک جنتلمن انگلیسی، به نام: «فیلاس فوگ»؛ با رفقای خویش، در باشگاه شرط می‌بندد، که دور دنیا را در هشتاد روز بپیماید؛ و به همراهی خدمتکار وفادارش، به نام: «ژان»، معروف به: «پاسپارتو»، عازم سفر می‌شود. اما چون مظنون به سرقت از یکی از بانکهای انگلیس است، زیر نظر یک پلیس قرار دارد، که او را طی سیر و سیاحت‌هایش، لجوجانه تعقیب می‌کند. «فوگ» در سرزمین هند فرصت می‌یابد، تا زن جوانی به نام: «اود» را، که بیوه ی مهاراجه ی درگذشته است، و طبق سنت هندوان، باید او نیز زنده زنده در آتش سوخته شود، از مرگ نجات دهد. پس از آن رخدادهای دیگری در چین برایش روی می‌دهد. در این مدت، مأمور پلیس، همچنان به دنبال اوست، و مسافر ما نیز، با نوکرش راه خود را ادامه می‌دهند. مأمور پلیس نمی‌تواند او را بازداشت کند، زیرا برگ جلب به سبب تغییر مکان مداوم، هنوز به دستش نرسیده‌ است. در آمریکا، در قطاری که ساحل شرقی را، به ساحل غربی می‌پیوندد، «فوگ» موفق می‌شود، که حمله ی عده‌ ای از سرخ‌پوستان را، دفع کند. در ساحل شرقی، توفان شدیدی بر پا می‌شود، و کشتیهای عازم اروپا را، در بندر متوقف می‌سازد، ولی «فوگ»، تردیدی به دل راه نمی‌دهد، و با پول خود یک کشتی کرایه می‌کند، و راه دریا را در پیش می‌گیرد. در راه، سوخت کشتی به پایان می‌رسد، و «فوگ» ناچار دکل را به جای سوخت به کار می‌برد. در پایان سفر، مأمور پلیس، که سرانجام برگ جلب را به دست آورده‌ است، او را دستگیر می‌کند. «فوگ» بی‌گناهی خود را ثابت می‌کند، و آزاد می‌شود. سپس با یقین به اینکه یکروز دیرتر از وقت مقرر به وعده‌ گاه رسیده‌ است، خود را بازنده می‌پندارد، و تسلیم نومیدی می‌شود. اما زود به اشتباهش پی می‌برد، و متوجه می‌شود که سفر از غرب به شرق کره زمین باعث شده‌ است تا بیست و چهار ساعت اضافه بیاورد، و بنابراین شرط را نباخته‌ است. در اوج شادمانی ...؛ ا. شربیانی

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

    Well... So I do believe I saved a book's life. About to be tossed away, being a pariah of the garage sale variety, I not only took it home; I READ it. Aglow with endearing cliches, this is the source of plenty of adventure stories, many of which are films, comics, etc. Verne's imagination is grand & the plot is silly and almost kid-like. But absurd it ain't. It is fun exactly because there is a topsy turvy madness to visiting places just to prove a point. It is fun because it is rife with intere Well... So I do believe I saved a book's life. About to be tossed away, being a pariah of the garage sale variety, I not only took it home; I READ it. Aglow with endearing cliches, this is the source of plenty of adventure stories, many of which are films, comics, etc. Verne's imagination is grand & the plot is silly and almost kid-like. But absurd it ain't. It is fun exactly because there is a topsy turvy madness to visiting places just to prove a point. It is fun because it is rife with interesting observations, factoids, themes that in Verne's day were barely in development. There is romance, the plot is thick with well... things happening, a ticking clock looms a large shadow, and a velocity is masterfully established that seems almost incredibly doable-- the reader wants to experience this. (Airplanes suck ass anyway!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    "Mum, could we travel the world in the same way that Phileas Fogg and Passepartout did?" The question propels me back in time, about three decades. This was the first Jules Verne book I read. I carried it home in a heavy school bag, in the darkness after an winter afternoon in the public library. I was ten, and I had to fill my long evenings, which started at sun set around half past two. I still remember the smell of the book, picked from the "Classics for children" section, and how I opened it "Mum, could we travel the world in the same way that Phileas Fogg and Passepartout did?" The question propels me back in time, about three decades. This was the first Jules Verne book I read. I carried it home in a heavy school bag, in the darkness after an winter afternoon in the public library. I was ten, and I had to fill my long evenings, which started at sun set around half past two. I still remember the smell of the book, picked from the "Classics for children" section, and how I opened it and started reading. I knew almost nothing of Victorian England, of travelling to exotic countries, of the honour connected to a wager, of foul play or of religious customs in other cultures or of nature's peculiarities in different geographical areas. According to my memory, I finished the story that same evening, and went back to the library the very next day to check out the entire stock of Jules Verne. I might be wrong, knowing the strange turns memory takes when something is considered of special importance. It might have been two or three days later. It is a fact, though, that I read all of his novels that dark winter, one after the other, completely enthralled, completely lost in the storytelling. And as fast as I was captured, I was released again. I had that Jules Verne spell, I loved it, but I never looked back. I was done. Jules Verne made me realise the potential of books, helped me open the treasure chest of world literature, and he served as a bridge to ever bigger journeys around the literary world. I like to imagine that my journey around Jules Verne's universe took about 80 reading sessions, and that I returned the books to the library so much more enthusiastic about the world of reading that I was ready for my life as a reader. Afterwards I instinctively felt that those books should remain in my childhood, that I might find things in them I would find ludicrous or horrible now. But the initiation rite of reading Verne when I was an impressionable ten-year-old will always be a memory of great importance to me. And of course I enjoy each minute my children spend with Jules Verne. More routined globetrotters than I was, they ask different questions, and reflect more on the radically changed technology and knowledge since the time of Phileas Fogg, whereas I had difficulties understanding the cultural codes in the world - which my children recognise directly from long experience in international schools. The main plot remains exciting, and the cheesy conclusion is as rewarding as any modern "happy end" could be: "But what then? What had he really gained by all this trouble? What had he brought back from this long and weary journey? Nothing, you say? Perhaps so; nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men! Truly, would you not for less than that make the tour around the world?" As for the question my son asked - I think it would be difficult, not to say impossible, to replicate the journey exactly like that, given the geopolitical and technological changes in the world. Luckily, we still have the option to travel with Fogg and Passepartout!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    “The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.” I got this novel from my cousin. It’s her course book. I didn’t want to read this novel because it’s out of my taste. It’s neither Fantasy nor Sci-Fi. But she made me to read this… Well, this book was good. Really good. But I didn’t like it the way I should have…I just got little bored of these adventures. It’s the story of a man named Phileas Fogg who bets his friends that he can make the tour of the world in 80 days. Th “The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.” I got this novel from my cousin. It’s her course book. I didn’t want to read this novel because it’s out of my taste. It’s neither Fantasy nor Sci-Fi. But she made me to read this… Well, this book was good. Really good. But I didn’t like it the way I should have…I just got little bored of these adventures. It’s the story of a man named Phileas Fogg who bets his friends that he can make the tour of the world in 80 days. The reward of winning is 20,000 pounds which is a huge amount considering it in those days. He, with his servant, goes to this voyage. But the problem is; in those days, there happens a huge robbery in the bank. And the description of the robber matches with Mr. Fogg. So that, Detective Fix is after him during this tour. --- I liked the character of Mr. Fogg. This man doesn’t worry about anything. I haven’t read such a calm character yet. I want to be like this but I can’t help it…😂 --- My cousin had already watched its movie adaptation. She gave me the spoiler and I was always waiting for it… BUT that never came!! And that’s a good thing. Seems like movie is different than this book. --- And that ending was kind of … I don’t know … hurried? Anyway, I didn’t mind it. All in all, it’s a good classic. I would have enjoyed it a lot if I was a classic reader. “I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ujjawal Sureka

    Genre: Adventure, Travel. Publication Date: 1873 Fun and refreshing. - A short and a light hearted read, you can go through the book in no time and the 80 days goes by in a jiffy. - The events in the book are fast paced and so is the journey of Mr. Phileas Fogg and Mr. Passeportout. - Is he just a gentleman trying to prove a point or a criminal mastermind on the run? - Mr. Fogg has set up a wager with his rich friends that he/anyone can travel the world in 80 days. - He doesn't spend time worrying ab Genre: Adventure, Travel. Publication Date: 1873 Fun and refreshing. - A short and a light hearted read, you can go through the book in no time and the 80 days goes by in a jiffy. - The events in the book are fast paced and so is the journey of Mr. Phileas Fogg and Mr. Passeportout. - Is he just a gentleman trying to prove a point or a criminal mastermind on the run? - Mr. Fogg has set up a wager with his rich friends that he/anyone can travel the world in 80 days. - He doesn't spend time worrying about something that may or may not happen, he just takes informed actions and finds a way to do the things anyway. - I wish to travel the world in a similar fashion! It would be fun!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Around the World in Eighty Days was first published by Jules Verne in 1873, and was introduced to an adoring public as monthly installments. Each chapter is thus seen as connected but with its own hooks and cliffhangers. The character of Phileas Fogg has become a stoic archetype for too cool operators in books to come in several genres. This is fast moving and fun, still a good read over a hundred years later. One very interesting aspect of the narrative was the portrait of the American west in Around the World in Eighty Days was first published by Jules Verne in 1873, and was introduced to an adoring public as monthly installments. Each chapter is thus seen as connected but with its own hooks and cliffhangers. The character of Phileas Fogg has become a stoic archetype for too cool operators in books to come in several genres. This is fast moving and fun, still a good read over a hundred years later. One very interesting aspect of the narrative was the portrait of the American west in the 1870s from a European perspective.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    1 I-hated-it-32-years-ago-and-still-hate-it star. A couple days ago my son and I were talking about boring classroom reading material. This reminded me that I never rated this glorious piece of classic literature. How anyone would insist that students had to mandatorily read it in the 80s is beyond me, let alone in the 21st century. A couple years ago, when my son came home with that little paperback edition and whined about how incredibly uninteresting this "gem" is, I calmed him down by saying 1 I-hated-it-32-years-ago-and-still-hate-it star. A couple days ago my son and I were talking about boring classroom reading material. This reminded me that I never rated this glorious piece of classic literature. How anyone would insist that students had to mandatorily read it in the 80s is beyond me, let alone in the 21st century. A couple years ago, when my son came home with that little paperback edition and whined about how incredibly uninteresting this "gem" is, I calmed him down by saying that I felt for him because it bored me to tears back in the 80s. Yes, I have no scruples to say that I hated it. #sorrynotsorryatall

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne(marie)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I usually prefer long books with lots of details and drawn-out adventures, but once in a while it's nice to read a shorter story where lots of things happen. This is the third book by Jules Verne I've read and I loved all three of them. The story just brought me a lot of joy and it was fun to read it. His way of storytelling is simply amazing and ahead of his time. There isn't a lot I can say, it's just a nice little fun book to read in-between. I definitely recom I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I usually prefer long books with lots of details and drawn-out adventures, but once in a while it's nice to read a shorter story where lots of things happen. This is the third book by Jules Verne I've read and I loved all three of them. The story just brought me a lot of joy and it was fun to read it. His way of storytelling is simply amazing and ahead of his time. There isn't a lot I can say, it's just a nice little fun book to read in-between. I definitely recommend it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    I finished Around the World in 80 Days today and it was even better than I remembered from my childhood. Admittedly, the version I had read as a child was the Great Illustrated Classics edition that was, unfortunately, abridged. I felt that a reading of the unabridged classic was long overdue. Shockingly enough, I still remembered the ending 20 years later. Just the task Phileas Fogg faces in traveling the world in 80 days (in the 19th century) and the obstacles that pop up to delay his travels w I finished Around the World in 80 Days today and it was even better than I remembered from my childhood. Admittedly, the version I had read as a child was the Great Illustrated Classics edition that was, unfortunately, abridged. I felt that a reading of the unabridged classic was long overdue. Shockingly enough, I still remembered the ending 20 years later. Just the task Phileas Fogg faces in traveling the world in 80 days (in the 19th century) and the obstacles that pop up to delay his travels would make for a fabulous story, but the element of a cat-and-mouse chase really puts this book over the top! I highly recommend it for anyone who loves grand adventure stories. I can see why Jules Verne is touted as one of the finest French authors. He is deserving of all accolades!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    The original steampunk adventure! Written while it was still called modern! Fascinating! :) Seriously, though... Jules Verne knows how to write a fast-paced adventure with French tomfoolery and English sprats. They're buckling down to show other multi-millionaires (price adjusted) what a *real* wager is, using nothing more than a very keen mind and a talent for reading multiple departures in the paper. (You had to be there. And you also have to enjoy a period piece, too!) But that's not all, folks The original steampunk adventure! Written while it was still called modern! Fascinating! :) Seriously, though... Jules Verne knows how to write a fast-paced adventure with French tomfoolery and English sprats. They're buckling down to show other multi-millionaires (price adjusted) what a *real* wager is, using nothing more than a very keen mind and a talent for reading multiple departures in the paper. (You had to be there. And you also have to enjoy a period piece, too!) But that's not all, folks! The Indian Princess gets saved by the Bully Englishman! Awwww... I've almost got a picture in my head of Tarzan swinging Jane through the jungle. :) It really is a fun novel, all told. Light fun, adventure, theft, mistaken identity, and even a moral to tuck in the end of the story to send us off to dreamland. Awww.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Sasaki

    Whether or not you've read the novel or watched the movie, Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days is so embedded in Western culture that just about everyone knows the basic plot premise: wealthy and reticent Englishman Phileas Fogg makes gentlemanly bet with his chums that he can travel around the world in 80 days and then sets off with his temperamental French servant to do just that. The idea for the story came from the actual journey of eccentric Bostonian George Francis Train. (Who lik Whether or not you've read the novel or watched the movie, Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days is so embedded in Western culture that just about everyone knows the basic plot premise: wealthy and reticent Englishman Phileas Fogg makes gentlemanly bet with his chums that he can travel around the world in 80 days and then sets off with his temperamental French servant to do just that. The idea for the story came from the actual journey of eccentric Bostonian George Francis Train. (Who liked to refer to himself as "Citizen Train" - check out the NYTimes article from the day he finished his trip in Tacoma, WA.) What I hadn't expected of Verne's novel is that it is such a blatant reminder of how far we've come in the last 135 years since colonialist superiority was treated as unquestioned fact: "The steamer passed along near the shores, but the savage Papuans, who are in the lowest scale of humanity, but are not, as has been asserted, cannibals, did not make their appearance." Similar descriptions applied to Punjabis, Chinese, and Native Americans are littered throughout the book. It's also clear that, at the time of writing the novel, Verne was an unabashed Anglophile. Not only is the book a celebration of the British empire at its peak, but Verne is constantly praising Fogg's alleged English qualities (honor, stoicism, courage) and jabbing at his servent Passepartout's Frenchness (temperamental, impetuous, chatty). What I found fascinating about Around the World in 80 Days has nothing to do with the book itself, but rather how Jules Verne wrote it. When he was a young boy, according to accounts of relatives, he ran away from home and attempted to sail out to sea to follow the adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Having failed, he promised his mother that "henceforth I will travel only in dream." For the rest of his writing career Verne rarely traveled. Rather he would surround himself with books and research the landscapes of his novels without ever setting foot there himself. In the words of Ethan, Jules Verne might be what you consider an OG bridgeblogger. If you have even the most remote interest in African issues then you probably follow Ethan's blog. He is incredibly talented at consuming and digesting large volumes of information about a complicated topic and then presenting that information in an easy-to-follow narrative that doesn't simplify its complexity. But in all my years of following Ethan's blog I think he's only traveled to Africa for two short conference-related trips. The obvious difference between Ethan and Jules (apart from the fact that Ethan is both nicer and more empathetic) is the number of research and communication tools that we now have at our disposal. Verne had his local library, letters, and the telegraph. Today, apart from being able to glimpse the front pages of hundreds of newspapers from around the world at the Newseum, we are also able to learn about the world around us in real time thanks to Global Voices, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Google Earth. What's more, we can - and often do - develop real and meaningful friendships from our interactions on those sites. Still, there is something about being on the ground, there in person, that allows you to soak in and understand new lands, cultures, and customs in a way that even the most advanced virtual worlds could never rival. I doubt that Ethan would be such an impassioned Africaphile were it not for his time spent in Ghana. And Joi is right, if he really wants to understand the Middle East, the best thing to do is move there. (Though mentioning United Arab Emirates' tax benefits would have been a brave gesture of sincerity.) I do understand that increased international travel is neither good for our environment nor our budgets. But, done responsibly, it is good for humanity. The more we experience other cultures the more we understand about ourselves and our place in the world. Which is why I wholly support initiatives like Abby Falik's Global Citizen Year fellowship program (which hopefully won't be bogged down by the bureaucracy, legacy, and politics of Peace Corps). As Michael Naimark notes in a smart essay on the 80plus1 website, Verne's novel celebrated the technological advances of the industrial era. Thanks to the steam engine, railways, and global colonialism, it was possible for the first time to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Today we're still at the dawn of a new era of technological advances: pervasive networked and structured data. These tools will lead to a new era of exploration. There are no longer new lands, tribes, and cities to discover. Just by starting up Google Earth we can cast our eyes on every hidden corner of the world. The curiosity that inspires exploration, however, remains. Something keeps Matt traveling and dancing around the world and keeps Nicholas daydreaming about his next trip to Guyana or Venezuela or Argentina. Something inspired this Chinese blogger to travel around the world in 800 days. But exploration today isn't about discovering the so-called undiscovered. It's about understanding what has been there all along.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    I really enjoyed this - a fun and interesting read, and more heartfelt than I expected. It's quite interesting to see a French take on 19th century Englishness, and a 19th century perspective on the world.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Archit Ojha

    Man! The best adventure work till date! Review to follow. Man! The best adventure work till date! Review to follow.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Oh this book is everything! This is so much more than I expected! I love Trip Fiction and I'm not sure if this is the first of the genre but it certainly has to be one of the first and it's so much more than Trip Fiction. It also has romance, adventure and police procedural genres all rolled in. Its everything. I enjoyed this so much, my only regret is that this is not a full length novel. In true novella style there are parts where the narrator says something along the lines of, and once they arr Oh this book is everything! This is so much more than I expected! I love Trip Fiction and I'm not sure if this is the first of the genre but it certainly has to be one of the first and it's so much more than Trip Fiction. It also has romance, adventure and police procedural genres all rolled in. Its everything. I enjoyed this so much, my only regret is that this is not a full length novel. In true novella style there are parts where the narrator says something along the lines of, and once they arrived in Egypt and your like, Grr I want to know all the details of how they got to Egypt. I usually avoid novellas for this very reason as I'm a details kind of girl rather than a skimmer but I am glad I read this as its such an adult version of The Famous Five or The Secret Seven. A solid four star read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Really neat story. It was a fun view into life about a century ago. My only nit with it was with the particular audio book I heard: an annoying afterward that publisher felt he had to append. In it, he explained to us how Mr. Verne's views of other cultures are simply not acceptable to modern people such as ourselves, and although he has transgressed and used stereotypes of different cultures the book still has some value. I found it unfair and unnecessary. Verne's depiction of different cultures Really neat story. It was a fun view into life about a century ago. My only nit with it was with the particular audio book I heard: an annoying afterward that publisher felt he had to append. In it, he explained to us how Mr. Verne's views of other cultures are simply not acceptable to modern people such as ourselves, and although he has transgressed and used stereotypes of different cultures the book still has some value. I found it unfair and unnecessary. Verne's depiction of different cultures includes stereotypes, of course, but he goes out of his way to present a variety of individuals in each culture. Some are good, some are bad. Some fit the stereotypes, and some don't. In other words, he describes the world as he saw it. I don't need someone to explain to me that the book still has some value.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    This book brings so much childhood memories back. My dad just to read aloud and retell over and over again Jules Verne's stories and I'm so grateful for that. It ignited my passion for reading a long time ago, as I learned for the first time that I can travel around the world through books and stories, laying in the warm room. I can still remember the vivid images of my imagination that I had as a child listening to this story and feelings will never fade, I still felt quite emotional rereading This book brings so much childhood memories back. My dad just to read aloud and retell over and over again Jules Verne's stories and I'm so grateful for that. It ignited my passion for reading a long time ago, as I learned for the first time that I can travel around the world through books and stories, laying in the warm room. I can still remember the vivid images of my imagination that I had as a child listening to this story and feelings will never fade, I still felt quite emotional rereading this story and joining Mr. Fogg on his journey. Thank you, dad, and that you Mr. Verne for introducing me to the magical world of literature.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    Ah ha! So that's the reason for it being specifically 80 days! (view spoiler)[.....Naaah, I wouldn't want to ruin it for you. (hide spoiler)] Ah ha! So that's the reason for it being specifically 80 days! (view spoiler)[.....Naaah, I wouldn't want to ruin it for you. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Herbie

    What an absolute classic - I couldn't believe it was written in 1872?! Such a light hearted and fun story. Very descriptive and slow paced, but great to listen to as a relaxing audiobook.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Apatt

    More like five days for me really, though even that is too long for a 250 pages book. Well, it’s an audiobook and I only listened to it while commuting to work. Yes, that is a silly intro but what I meant is that while listening to the book I often felt transported along with Phileas Fogg and crew. This is my first Jules Verne book, normally I prefer to read books in the original language they are written in because with translated books there is always an added layer between the translator and t More like five days for me really, though even that is too long for a 250 pages book. Well, it’s an audiobook and I only listened to it while commuting to work. Yes, that is a silly intro but what I meant is that while listening to the book I often felt transported along with Phileas Fogg and crew. This is my first Jules Verne book, normally I prefer to read books in the original language they are written in because with translated books there is always an added layer between the translator and the original text. Still, if I avoid reading translated novels altogether I would have missed out on some great literature. This edition from Librivox* was translated by George Makepeace Towle, obviously I don’t know how accurate the translation is but the prose is very readable and the narrative entertaining. I was immediately taken by the chummy tone of the narrative. Even though noting much happen in the first chapter I enjoyed Verne’s description of Phileas Fogg, a rather eccentric and enigmatic English gentleman; “exactitude personified” as Verne (or Towle?) puts it. The amusingly unflappable Fogg has a great foil in Passepartout (sounds like “passport two” in the audio). Passepartout is Fogg’s butler and sidekick, not so much Robin (as in Batman), or Jeeves, as Sancho Panza from Don Quixote, he is bumbling, loyal and extremely likable; his IQ seems to go up and down as the plot dictates though. The basic plot of Around the World in Eighty Days is very simple, the novel tells the story of Phileas Fogg’s attempt to travel the world in no more than 80 days for a bet. He is accompanied by Passepartout, along the way they pick up a couple of characters to form an entourage and they go through several hair-raising adventures. The book is pretty much a romp from beginning to end, necessarily moving at breakneck speed as time is obviously limited and the page count is quite modest. One thing that surprises me is that Verne, a French author chooses an Englishman for his hero and Passepartout, a Frenchman, as his bumbling sidekick. Was Jules Verne an Anglophile? Let me know in the comments please. Of the other main characters, the Indian girl Aouda, who Fogg and Passepartout rescue from some zealot villains, seems to have very little in the way of agency. Then we have a Scotland Yard detective named Fix who is incredibly single-minded in his pursuit of Phileas Fogg (I keep imagining a musical adaptation of this book where he sings “I will try to Fix you”), I like him. Coming back to Fogg himself, he starts off being interestingly enigmatic and unflappable but by the end of the book seems like a one note character. “As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme” That quote sums him up nicely. So Passepartout remains the novel’s best character for me. Not much left for me to say really Around the World in Eighty Days is a hoot and I recommend it. I will certainly read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth and beyond. Jules Verne is my kind of guy! ________ * Audiobook from Librivox, entertainingly read by Ralph Snelson, thank you! My thanks to Lyn, an excellent GR friend and reviewer, whose review prompted me to read this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    To the person who suggested I read this because "it's great!" To the person who suggested I read this because "it's great!"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    NOTE: I "read" the audiobook version of this, narrated by the fabulous Jim Dale. I think this definitely added interest to the story, which did begin a bit dull, but ended splendidly! Dale is REMARKABLE at the characterization and voices and I think this tale is especially well suited to being read aloud by someone who can do all the accents! ;-> This version also sometimes plays music in the background, suited to the setting/culture and that was a nice touch and helped set the right tone. 4.5 ST NOTE: I "read" the audiobook version of this, narrated by the fabulous Jim Dale. I think this definitely added interest to the story, which did begin a bit dull, but ended splendidly! Dale is REMARKABLE at the characterization and voices and I think this tale is especially well suited to being read aloud by someone who can do all the accents! ;-> This version also sometimes plays music in the background, suited to the setting/culture and that was a nice touch and helped set the right tone. 4.5 STARS EXTENDED REVIEW: I really didn't know what to expect with this tale, yet I felt "surprised" somehow so I guess I had some expectations. I suppose the biggest surprise for me was the character of Phineas Fogg--somehow, I expected that a man who would endeavor to go around the world in eighty days must somehow be quite swashbuckling, adventurous, young-and-brazen, idyllic or simply filled with an unbelievable portion of wanderlust. Mr. Fogg is none of these things. He is "calm" and "impassive" and "indefatigable"--he accepts the bet to go around the world in eighty days as a matter of honor, and for the sake of the challenge. Until that point, his life was like clock-work, an eccentric and aristocratic unattached gentleman who went to his Young Reform Club regularly and whose chief joy in life seemed to be the playing of whist. I found it rather difficult to really "like" Mr. Fogg, and yet, as the story progressed, I found myself filled with a deeper and deeper sense of admiration for him--a glow of, if not quite affection, than certainly deep esteem. His calm in any sort of catastrophe makes him the sort of friend one would wish for in any circumstance, and his sense of honor is truly endearing. And, yet, could Mr. Fogg be a bank-robber...!? Verene pairs Mr. Fogg with a much more excitable fellow (a Frenchman, no less!), his servant Passepartout. Here we get lots of humor, and also lots of humanity! But whatever help he may be, Passepartout also creates several snags for Mr. Fogg on the journey; can he redeem himself? Doggedly trailing Mr. Fogg is the stalwart Inspector Fix who needs to keep him in sight long enough for an arrest warrant to make its way from London. (You see, Fogg matches the description of a bank robber and his sudden departure from London seems suspicious...) While it would be all too easy to pin Mr. Fix as the "bad guy" out to thwart our (supposed) hero, Verne does a marvelous job of simply making him a dutiful gentleman out to uphold the law and ensure that justice is served. However, one also rather hopes that he will hold off on capture until Fogg makes it around the world!!! The book is rarely "exciting" but it is definitely suspenseful! It's fascinating to see Verene's portrayal of the world in 1872. It is not quite so bombastically ethnocentric as one might expect. Also, it was absolutely amazing to realize how much has changed in little over 130 years!!! Especially shocking was how "timeless" London seemed--really, it seemed that even today gentlemen might go to their favorite hang-outs and play games... Yet the differences in other parts of the world (including the US) are remarkable and, at times, appalling (that is, how much has been lost in terms of native culture, for example). READ ON ONLY IF YOU WANT SOME **********SPOILERS***************** ON PLACES THEY VISIT I'm eager to discuss these points with those who have read this: *** *** *** SPOILERS ON PLACES THEY VISIT: I was amazed that, with all their colonization and imperialism, the British sought to preserve the dignity of the Hindu temples. Hooray! And, yet, it seemed that many aspects of the religion were still widely misunderstood with little interest in diving deeper. The vilification of the Kali worshipers was troubling, although so were their actions! I thought that Verne showed a deep sensitivity in the passage where he discusses the train pushing through the villages of some of the Indians, speculating on their thoughts as they witnessed all this technology and Western-ism infiltrating their lives. And yet, I think a true sense of British superiority reigns throughout. I felt an especial delight in the passages on San Francisco and the train trip from there. Being a resident of the Gold Country outside of Sacramento, it was really fun to hear such small towns as Auburn and Colfax mentioned in the same novel that has so many exotic locations--really, for one to go around the world, taking a train through Auburn is rather remarkable! I also smiled my way through the descriptions of Sacramento (which most residents would hardly call remarkable in beauty these days!) "The wide streets, handsome wharfs, splendid hotels, squares and churches." Ah, sounded lovely back then! The entire segment on Utah and Mormonism was absolutely fascinating! My husband's family is Mormon so I have a bit of insight and much of what Verne related seemed accurate, although I couldn't help but think that he viewed Mormonism as a sort of curiosity, something of interest to be studied and marveled over. And yet, he gave them fair voice, especially in terms of how they had been so persecuted and were seeking a place to make their own. I also thought it was quite delightful to hear about a Brit's views on the Americans. Such phrases as "the generally carefree attitude of the Americans" were a treat! It seemed that Americans were much more reckless and free than Brits, though whether this was a good thing is never really stated! ;-> It was hard to believe that thousands of bison still wandered the American plains--the train had to stop for three hours to let a herd of about 10,000 migrating bison cross the tracks!!! Also, the Native Americans were still a huge force (or "threat") and before the train left San Francisco, passengers were advised to purchase guns and ammo in case the train were attached on the prairie!!! Ah, how much we have lost... PLOT SPOILERS IN TERMS OF CHARACTERS/OUTCOMES--READ ONLY IF YOU'VE ALREADY READ THE BOOK..... Was Passepartout a help or hindrance? I think that, with the exeption of his cluelessness in the Hindu temple, he was overwhelmingly a help especially for being thrown into the situation so suddenly. His bravery in rescuing Mrs. Aouda and stopping the Souix attack are marvelous! Yet, was he wrong to withhold Fix's purpose from Fogg? He called it his biggest mistake and felt terribly responsible for the outcome. It did seem rather silly in retrospect that he did not tell Fogg, especially when Fogg was so helpful to Fix! But, that is just my view and I think he redeemed himself! Finally, I was quite shocked that not only do Mrs. Aouda (a Parsi!) and Fogg (a London gentleman) marry, but that SHE asks HIM!!!! I found this remarkably progressive!!! Granted, she looked almost European and had received an English education, but still a bi-cultural/bi-racial marriage, especially to a proud Englishman, seemed so surprising to me, given the era. Moreover, that a WOMAN should propose to a MAN and be accepted!?!?! Remarkably refreshing, if you ask me! :-)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Well that was rather amusing :-) Preferred the second half of the book, faster paced and more escapades!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

    When I was little, I used to watch Willy Fog (the cartoons) on TV and Around the world in eighty days with Willy Fog was a big part of my childhood. Now, reading the book, I was surprised to see that I actually remembered big parts of the story. It was like I was reading the book for the second time. Even tho I never read the book before. But I remembered those cartoons and it felt so good in a way to be right about what was going to happen in the book. I’m a big fan of Jules Verne’s books. I gr When I was little, I used to watch Willy Fog (the cartoons) on TV and Around the world in eighty days with Willy Fog was a big part of my childhood. Now, reading the book, I was surprised to see that I actually remembered big parts of the story. It was like I was reading the book for the second time. Even tho I never read the book before. But I remembered those cartoons and it felt so good in a way to be right about what was going to happen in the book. I’m a big fan of Jules Verne’s books. I grew up reading his books and when I saw this book on sales... I immediately bought it and started reading it. And I felt like a child again. For a few hours (as long as it took me to read this particular book), I was a kid again, waching her favourite cartoons and feeling so curious about what was going to happen. I was happy. And this is what matters most. That a book made me happy. Made me think about the happy moments I had as a child. This is the main reason why I’m giving this book 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    The Shrinking World 26 August 2016 - Rouen I just noticed a little oddity with Goodreads in France: they used 'et' instead of 'and' when it tells you that people have liked a review. Mind you, they still use the work 'like' and opposed to 'aimer', which is a little disappointing, though apparently the word like, when used in the context of liking something on Social Media, has been taken onboard by numerous languages as apparently the Germans do something similar. I guess this is further evidence The Shrinking World 26 August 2016 - Rouen I just noticed a little oddity with Goodreads in France: they used 'et' instead of 'and' when it tells you that people have liked a review. Mind you, they still use the work 'like' and opposed to 'aimer', which is a little disappointing, though apparently the word like, when used in the context of liking something on Social Media, has been taken onboard by numerous languages as apparently the Germans do something similar. I guess this is further evidence of how English is slowly embedding itself as a global language (though I can't remember if in Germany Goodreads uses 'und' instead of 'and'). Anyway, I wasn't planning on finishing this book until I had left Amiens, namely because I wanted to visit the Jules Verne house beforehand. However it turned out that while Google told me that the Jules Verne house was closed on Tuesdays that wasn't entirely correct – during the summer it is just closed in the mornings, so I managed to visit his abode the day I arrived, which meant that I could leave Amiens earlier, though unfortunately the train strike means that I have to take a detour through Paris (oh the tragedy of the situation) as opposed to going directly to Rouen. While I won't be posting this until I get to Rouen (the simcard that I purchased for my phone is absolute rubbish – the company is SFR by the way) I am using the extra time to actually write this review. Come to think of it, the train strike, and the railway carriage that I am sitting in writing this review, sort of conjours up the idea of being a part of Phineas Phogg's adventure, though he sort of has a lot more at stake than I do (it just means that I get to Rouen a lot later than I originally anticipated – not that it turns out to be a problem). One of the things that I saw in Verne's house was the route that Phogg took on his journey, though it was interesting seeing how he worked it out since there are other books, such as Robur the Conqueror, who also take similar journeys and Verne didn't want to repeat a similar journey with this one. The other thing was that it needed to be possible to do the journey in eighty days, and as such needed to take the most direct, and fastest, route possible. Mind you, it wasn't like today where you could easily make the trip in, well, three days (travelling by commercial airliner that is, though you could possibly do the trip a lot faster if you hitched a ride on a jet fighter). The whole idea of the book is to show how the world has become much much smaller (and it has become even smaller with the advent of the commercial airliner and the internet). At the beginning of the century getting from England to Australia would take six months in a leaky boat, and not much had really changed in the millenia from when people realised that they could get a horse to do all the walking, and that jumping on a log that was floating down the river was a lot quicker than crawling through the woods. Okay, roads did speed things up somewhat, as did making sure that bandits didn't harass wayward travellers, however the collapse of the Roman Empire did mean that many of these roads, while very well built, did start to decay (though quite a few of them are still being used today – in fact our tour guide at the Somme Battlefields referred to the roads as 'the Roman Roads'). The thing is that technology has made the world much smaller, though Phogg did to have some very deep pockets to enable him to make the journey, and to overcome the obstacles that got in his way every so often. However, the two main forms of transport – the train and the steamer – did a lot to make the world much smaller. In fact the idea of connecting the United States by railway did much to tame what was in a sense a wild land – the railway meant that people could move a lot faster, and troops could be deployed in places a lot quicker as well. Of course we have this famous picture of when the two lines finally met, which gives the impression that this massive continent had been conquered. However Le Tour du Monde is much more than just a diary of some eccentric guy who is trying to prove to a bunch of people that he can make the journey in an incredibly short time: there is also adventure, and mystery, thrown into it. The reason he makes the journey is because there had just been a bank robbery (the Bank of England I believe, though I didn't think one could actually rob a central bank, however that debate is a debate for another time) and the members of this private club were arguing as to how easy it would be for the robber to disappear. Phogg's argument was 'not difficult at all – in fact technology of today meant that once he was on the continent he would be gone'. The argument then moves on to how fast one could get around the world. As it turns out the police are a little suspicious of Phogg – why take a such a journey so soon after a bank robbery? So a detective, Mr Fix, decides to follow him, but as soon as he leaves Hong Kong he realises that he can't arrest him as he has left British jurisdiction (and the warrant is late in arriving), so he ends up following him on his journey. Mind you, one can't travel across the American West without being attacked by Native Americans, or be required to rescue a princes somewhere along the way (as well as visiting a Chinese opium den), so in a way this little romp around the world literally has everything (except a boxing Kangaroo, unfortunately, so here is a pic for those who missed out).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ernest Junius

    Definitely classic! My girlfriend bought me this book about two years ago, considering my fondness of adventure story. I wasn't really have a chance to read it at that time, thus I had just recently read it a few days ago–and to my surprise I did "round the world" in merely less than three days. The story sets itself in the middle of 19th century, in the very capital of England, London, where Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepartout set off on a race to round the world in eighty day Definitely classic! My girlfriend bought me this book about two years ago, considering my fondness of adventure story. I wasn't really have a chance to read it at that time, thus I had just recently read it a few days ago–and to my surprise I did "round the world" in merely less than three days. The story sets itself in the middle of 19th century, in the very capital of England, London, where Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepartout set off on a race to round the world in eighty days on a wager of twenty thousand pounds. It's one epic tale full of exotic adventures from the many places around the globe from Paris, middle east, India, Hong Kong, Japan to San Fransisco. The story is profusely rich and full of suspense, it's simply a capricious chamber of surprises that might astound you by any moment possible. It's definitely the kind of book you can't put down once you've laid your eyes on its pages. It will also gladden you to find the story ends itself with a suspenseful account of happy ending! Not only has Verne done a tremendous research to write this amazing account, it's also can be seen from the story that he, himself, is a man of adventure and traveller. His prowess as a yachtsman is easily perceivable by reading the whole account of the magnificent journey of Phileas Fogg and his companions through the seas of the world. I believe there are several ways to enjoy this book to the fullest, mine was to read it with the company of a slab of cheese cake with a pot of chamomile to wash it down, also by not forgetting a huge map of the world on the table to keep track the journey of the intrepid gentlemen around the world in the comfort of my study room while occasionally gazing at the heavy rain outside my window. The other ways, of course, you'll have to find out yourself!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    V, is for Verne 3 Stars A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager. Around the World in 80 Days is a slim little adventurous classic that seems to be telling us so much more than the actual text would suggest. It’s heavily scientific jargon can be a bit much at times, and the adventure itself is interesting more than exciting. The motley cast of characters - a staid Englishman, an excitable French servant, an American cop and an Indian maiden – have such d V, is for Verne 3 Stars A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager. Around the World in 80 Days is a slim little adventurous classic that seems to be telling us so much more than the actual text would suggest. It’s heavily scientific jargon can be a bit much at times, and the adventure itself is interesting more than exciting. The motley cast of characters - a staid Englishman, an excitable French servant, an American cop and an Indian maiden – have such diverse and differing responses to the problems and blips that come up along the journey. It was at times very funny to read the exchanges between these characters, however overall I found this read a bit bland and certainly too scientific in content. I suspect a touch of this has to do with Fogg’s attitude towards the whole adventure. I have always believed that the living of life is in the sights and the hick-ups in your plans, this however is not an opinion Fogg would likely share with me. “Why, you are a man of heart!" "Sometimes," replied Phileas Fogg, quietly; "when I have the time.” I enjoyed all the weird misunderstandings and confusion surrounding the trip itself, more than the journey itself. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I will definitely be reading more of Verne’s stories in the future. Although, perhaps I will wait until I am feeling a bit more finite and literal minded than I was when reading this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Collins

    This was fun to read out loud. The phrasing was strange sometimes, possibly due to this being a translated work, but I thought it only contributed to the book's charm. My older son particularly enjoyed Passepartout's character. We discussed suttee, opium dens, Mormons, and extradition laws, among other things. I confess to being a little disappointed that Fogg's success was mostly due to his wealth. He essentially bribes his way around the world; a poor man couldn't have made it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    5 STARS "Why, you are a man of heart!" "Sometimes," replied Phileas Fogg, quietly; "when I have the time." A classic I've been wanting to read for a long time. Most people read this book when they are young, but for some reason it slipped by me. So I've finally rectified that. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. The books are always so much better than the movies. I don't even know why I bother with the movies. Which I will say in this case confused me a little. So I will set the record straight here 5 STARS "Why, you are a man of heart!" "Sometimes," replied Phileas Fogg, quietly; "when I have the time." A classic I've been wanting to read for a long time. Most people read this book when they are young, but for some reason it slipped by me. So I've finally rectified that. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. The books are always so much better than the movies. I don't even know why I bother with the movies. Which I will say in this case confused me a little. So I will set the record straight here and now for anyone else who cares to know... Phileas Fogg at no time takes a balloon ride. So why they chose to put it on every book cover published since the 1950's I'll never understand. And best of all... there is a wee bit of romance. Enough said.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Youssef Al Brawy

    My First read in English, I don't Know If the Novel is actually Bad or The Translate. Every event here was boring, expected, and sometimes provocative. The only thing I was fond of is Mr. Phileas Fogg Character Especially its coolness and permanent stability. On the other side, the other characters were very ordinary. Anyway, I liked this different kind of reading, even if the first experience was bad.

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