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Around the World in Eighty Days (Apple classics) Paperback – 1 Mar 1990
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In 1872 Phileas Fogg wins a bet by traveling around the world in seventy-nine days, twenty-three hours, and fifty-seven minutes.
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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 time keeper 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 though, so much is beneath the surface of this quiet, content gent. 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 at 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 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. Travelling 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 advertisments 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.
Love as always. James x
Fogg is by no means likeable nor dislikeable but you warm to him eventually and root for him to succeed in his endeavour.
With excellent support from good and bad guys alike, we sweep around the world and envisage epic scenery and people.
One assumes the research into the global locations is fairly accurate but it doesn’t detract from a thoroughly enjoyable romp.
Fairly easy to read and broken nicely into chapters, this is a book I’d definitely read again in a few years time.
Certainly, if you have also the movie from 1956 by Mike Todd, reading this book next to, it really keeps your imagination alive!
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