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Around the World In Eighty Days
April 11, 2012, 12:16 am
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Vimal Patel

Around the World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne is a story that takes place in London, England. It begins with the main character, Phileas Fogg, who is a quite wealthy gentleman whose social life mostly concerns the Reform Club or at least that is all we know. He also lives a modest life and prefers to be mathematically precise. For example, at the beginning he fired his valet for bringing him shaving water at 84 degrees instead of 86 degrees. Then one day, he makes his usual trip to the club and discussion breaks out among them regarding an article stating the opening of a new railway in India which now allows people to travel around the world in eighty days. He accepts a challenge from his friends that he cannot make it around in time. Fogg takes Monsieur Passepartout, his new valet, along with him. Throughout this trip though, they are faced with obstacles. In Egypt, Detective Fix, who is charge of finding a bank robber, thinks that Fogg is the suspect since he matches the description. Then, In India, Fogg learns that some of the information in the article about the railway was inaccurate so he has to buy an elephant to cover the road the railway doesn’t. Then, they decide to save an Indian woman from being burned and and end up taking her on their journey with them which takes away from them being two days ahead of schedule. Afterwards, in Hong Kong, Fix is still following them, but he feels like he is running out of time so he drugs Passepartout who still manages to catch the steamer. They approach many more obstacles in the cities of Yokohama, San Francisco, New York City, and finally London. When they get back to London, however, Passepartout mistakens the date making Fogg think that he has missed the deadline and will now be poor. When they find out the correct date, they hurry back to the Reform Club just in time to win the wager and collect the money.

Reaction: I really liked this book and would rate it four out of five stars. Personally, I like these kinds of book with timetables and such. I would totally read another Jules Verne book.

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