Around the World in Eighty Days (Le tour du monde en quatre-vingt jours) is a classic.
The story starts in London on 2 October 1872. Phileas Fogg is a wealthy, solitary man with regular habits, who fires his former butler for getting wrong the temperature of his shaving water.
He hires Passepartout as a replacement. Later that day he gets involved in an argument over an article in the Daily Telegraph, stating that with the opening of a new railway in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in eighty days.
The exciting, if now dated, adventure of Fogg and Passepartout will entertain modern readers as much as it did the Victorians.With an Afterword by John Grant
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 280 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/03/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781904919568
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Review by soylentgreen23
You know the story and so forth, but what you might not know (unless you are psychic or I already told you) is that this book had a life-changing effect on me.One has to read the right books at the right time, especially in childhood. Frankly, one has to <i>read</i> in childhood - this point is critical. I read this beautiful little novel, and for a time the world lay stretched out before me, a perfect little world full of adventure just waiting to be explored.The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that it was this book that caused me to become so obsessed with travel. I've always dreamt of far-away places, and having read this book during my formative years, and having loved every page, there's a strong possibility that I owe Verne my very ambitions. Thank you, sir.