Around the World in Eighty Days

Our rating: *****

On October 2nd 1872, Phileas Fogg, an English gentlemen who lives a life of clock-like regularity, makes a 20,000 pound bet with his friends at the reform club that it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days. Phileas leaves at once, barely giving Passepartout, his valet, time to pack their bags. Everything seems fine, but soon Phileas Fogg is followed by a detective named Fix, who has reason to believe that Fogg is a bank robber. Will Phileas Fogg be able to win his wager? And will he be arrested by Fix? This is a classic Jules Verne with a surprising ending.

Great book! Phileas is so irritatingly calm that you may find yourself panicking more than usual just to make up for it. I have seen the movie starring David Niven and there are quite a few differences from the book. But, it still is enjoyable. (Can you guess what I’m going to say next?) Close! First I’m going to say that the ending surprised me (in a good way). Okay, now I’ll say it: Read this book! It’s one of Jules Verne’s best.

2 Responses to “Around the World in Eighty Days”

  1. Is there more than one movie? I know there was a recent one by Walden Media, and heard that it was very far from the book.

  2. As far as I know, there are two movies. The one starring David Niven was made by Warner Home Videos in 1956 and it’s a fairly good one. The recent one was made in 2004 starring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan and it looks very different from the book, but I haven’t seen it.

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