Monday, June 4, 2012

Around the World in 80 Days [Book Review]

Once again the time has come for me to tickle the keys of the keyboard with another book review. Clearly the Kindle has been a most excellent purchase, as I have already read 3 books on it in just over a month. Had this wonderful device been around during my high school days, I may have read more books and less Cliff's Notes, but I digress. The book I just finished reading was Jules Verne's classic Around the World in 80 Days (Kindle link).


In short, this was a great read. Verne tells the story of Phileas Fogg, a man of wealth, regularity, and calm demeanor... until his friends at the Reform Club begin arguing whether or not one can truly travel around the world in 80 days, as an article in the local newspaper suggests. Fogg takes the challenge and embarks on his journey with newly-hired valet Passepartout, a small bag of clothes, and some money. What follows is a whirlwind tour of the globe. Does Fogg complete the challenge? Will he be distracted by the sights along the way? And what complications will inevitably arise? This book is a fast read. The chapters are short (there are about 30 of them for a 150-page book), and the details of events mean you are right there with Fogg on his adventure. As you read, you'll notice the defining traits of each character and how, despite their differing personalities, Fogg and Passepartout make their journey around the world together. With the setting in the late 1800s, you already see how travel was "back in the day" and how different it is now.


There's really no reason not to read this book. It will keep you entertained throughout and should be on everyone's must-read list. And as always...




-D

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