Review: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

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For some reason a lot of the classics that my friends had read back in high school were not books that I was ever introduced to, so I have spent a lot of time over the last few years catching up on some classics. Not only because they’re books that everyone should read at least once, but because I honestly enjoy the writing style of these books and the stories are usually entertaining. I’m not sure if it is because I just like to read about worlds that are so different from the one that I currently live in, but they’re enjoyable none the less.

Despite what most would think, I have never seen a movie version of this book before, and I had no idea what it was really about. I mean, obviously it was about a guy who went around the world in 80 days but anyone could guess that from the title. For some reason I thought that the adventure took place in an air balloon – which is not the case at all.

The book is about Phileas Fogg and his French servant Passepartout. Phileas is challenged to travel around the world in 80 days by a group of rich men he hangs out with. It just happens that there is a pretty large size robbery just as he leaves, and police are convinced that his leaving the country and this robbery are linked. While he is busy trying to win the wager of being able to make the trip, the police are chasing him down and interacting with both himself and Passepartout. It makes the whole adventure even more endearing and while the book is incredibly outdated to the point of being almost rude (there are many stereotypes) I still found it a really good read and not at all what I expected.

4/5 stars

 

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