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Around the World in 80 Days Paperback – 2 Apr 2017
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But on the day that he employs Jean Passpartout as his valet he also ends up taking on a bet, to circumnavigate the world in just eighty days. Although still popular it has to be admitted that a lot of the plot and ideas have probably been knowingly or unknowingly stolen from others, but that still doesn’t detract from the way this story pulls you in and keeps you reading.
As Jean is about to find out, the quiet life of regularity that he was expecting to have with Fogg is not going to happen as they start off on their journey. Soon our intrepid hero is being sought by the police as the possible person, who carried out a robbery at the Bank of England, and thus in the Middle East has Fix of the Yard on his tail, trying to delay him whilst a warrant can be served.
Full of incident, and even some romance, with the saving of a young Indian lady, Aouda, Fogg is determined to fulfil his side of the bet and travel around the world in eighty days. This is fast paced and makes for some great escapism, whether young or old, and something to keep in mind, the wager which is for twenty thousand pounds would in today’s money easily be a couple of million. As you can imagine not only does Phileas Fogg have a grand task ahead of him, but one that could spell his ruin, especially as he has to spend money on his trip if he wants to complete it.
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