"Around the World in Eighty Days" is one of the greatest adventure novels of all time by one of the greatest of all adventure novel writers, Jules Verne. It is the story of the eccentric English inventor Phileas Fogg who sets out to make it around the world in eighty days in order to win a bet. With his trusted French valet, Passepartout, Fogg hurries off in a mad dash around the world, encountering numerous obstacles and adventures along the way. Jules Verne's classic work, "Around the World in Eighty Days," still holds up today as a work a genuine creativity and sheer delight.
Some books are downright enjoyable. This classic is one of them. Join Phileas Fogg and his wonderfully entertaining servant, Passepartout, on their trip around the world. Their adventures are unbelievable, exciting and almost magical. And, the man who tracks them believing that Fogg is a bank robber, becomes caught up in the fast paced trip to win a bet - that is until they reach the shores of England. Can Fogg win his bet or does it even matter when he looks into the eyes of the beautiful woman they rescued in India? To find out, do read this one soon!
Bert D. reviewed Around the World in Eighty Days (Dover Thrift Editions) on
Even though it is one of the classics, it is too wordy and long (and really, boring!) for my liking. There are interesting parts, and sometimes even slightly page-turner parts, but not enough to make the whole book interesting. They could probably say everything that modern people would find interesting in half the pages of the book. I would have preferred to read an abridged version.
This travel novel has great adventure stories about the different cities visited. The characters are well-developed and lovable.The different places of the world were written about in a way that must have been experienced by the author. It was amusing to read how the author portrayed America and its people. The ending was quite surprising and a great conclusion to the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys traveling.