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5.0 out of 5 stars Planes, Trains, and Automobiles., Nov. 15 2003
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Kendal B. Hunter (Provo, UT United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Around the World in Eighty Days (Paperback)
I discovered why this book is a classic. The characters are fascinating, the situation is absurd, and craft is supernal. It is a great classic, and a wonderful way to get into Jules Vern's other writings.
I think the key to the book is not just the absurd bet that Fogg makes, but that Verne adds to the deadline tension by having this idiot Inspector Fix trail Fogg on his voyage around the world. Fogg not only has to combat the perils of global travel in the 1890's, but also Fix as he sabotages Fogg's journey. That is genius.
This book is all plot: you are whooshed along for the ride and it never eases up. The Chapters are short, adding to the sense of speed. The only thing offensive in this book are some of the stereotypes: Asians, Indians, Yankee Americans and Mormons are all misrepresented in this book. Alas, that is the bigotry of the Victorian era that somehow still lingers.
This is a great book for your boy who hates Jane Austin novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne does it again!, April 15 2001
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"weirdo_87" (Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Around the World in Eighty Days (Paperback)
Around the World in 80 Days is another good work from the author of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Phileas Fogg is member of the London Reform Club. He makes a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days. He leaves immediately along with his servant Passepartout. A short time before Fogg left on his "Tour of the world", a bank robbery occurred at the bank of England. Police Detective Fix mistakenly believes that, because his description is so close to the robber's, that Phileas Fogg was the robber.
What will the trip gain Mr. Fogg? Will he make it in 80 days? Will Fix learn his blunder or cost Fogg the wager? Find out by reading for yourself.
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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Paperback - June 20 2000)
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