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Not a classic
on 24 January 2011
This story is written in the format of a journal by a supposed correspondant for a French news magazine. Set in the mid 19th century, it details a journey by train across Europe and through part of Russia to China.
The text is old fashioned and there is a certain amount of racial stereotyping throughout. But in fact the story does give a really good impression of what it might have been like to travel in this way. These days, it is so easy to fly all around the globe, that it is sometime difficult to remember how previous generations reacted to the steam locomotive, and how that allowed a massive growth in national and even international travel.
Although it can get a little tedious at times, I found the descriptions of the landscape very interesting and the story is good at the way it highlights the variations.
It is worth reading, although some other works by Jules Verne are far more readable. When I got it, it was a free ebook - the price may go up