I found it rather difficult to really "like" Mr. Fogg, and yet, as the story progressed, I found myself filled with a deeper and deeper sense of admiration for him--a glow of, if not quite affection, than certainly deep esteem. His calm in any sort of catastrophe makes him the sort of friend one would wish for in any circumstance, and his sense of honor is truly endearing. And, yet, could Mr. Fogg be a bank-robber!?
Verene pairs Mr. Fogg with a much more excitable fellow a Frenchman, no less! Here we get lots of humor, and also lots of humanity! But whatever help he may be, Passepartout also creates several snags for Mr. Fogg on the journey; can he redeem himself? Doggedly trailing Mr. Fogg is the stalwart Inspector Fix who needs to keep him in sight long enough for an arrest warrant to make its way from London.
You see, Fogg matches the description of a bank robber and his sudden departure from London seems suspicious While it would be all too easy to pin Mr.
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Fix as the "bad guy" out to thwart our supposed hero, Verne does a marvelous job of simply making him a dutiful gentleman out to uphold the law and ensure that justice is served. However, one also rather hopes that he will hold off on capture until Fogg makes it around the world!!! The book is rarely "exciting" but it is definitely suspenseful! It's fascinating to see Verene's portrayal of the world in It is not quite so bombastically ethnocentric as one might expect.
Also, it was absolutely amazing to realize how much has changed in little over years!!! Especially shocking was how "timeless" London seemed--really, it seemed that even today gentlemen might go to their favorite hang-outs and play games Yet the differences in other parts of the world including the US are remarkable and, at times, appalling that is, how much has been lost in terms of native culture, for example.
And, yet, it seemed that many aspects of the religion were still widely misunderstood with little interest in diving deeper. The vilification of the Kali worshipers was troubling, although so were their actions! I thought that Verne showed a deep sensitivity in the passage where he discusses the train pushing through the villages of some of the Indians, speculating on their thoughts as they witnessed all this technology and Western-ism infiltrating their lives.
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And yet, I think a true sense of British superiority reigns throughout. I felt an especial delight in the passages on San Francisco and the train trip from there. Being a resident of the Gold Country outside of Sacramento, it was really fun to hear such small towns as Auburn and Colfax mentioned in the same novel that has so many exotic locations--really, for one to go around the world, taking a train through Auburn is rather remarkable!
I also smiled my way through the descriptions of Sacramento which most residents would hardly call remarkable in beauty these days! The entire segment on Utah and Mormonism was absolutely fascinating! My husband's family is Mormon so I have a bit of insight and much of what Verne related seemed accurate, although I couldn't help but think that he viewed Mormonism as a sort of curiosity, something of interest to be studied and marveled over.
And yet, he gave them fair voice, especially in terms of how they had been so persecuted and were seeking a place to make their own. I also thought it was quite delightful to hear about a Brit's views on the Americans. Such phrases as "the generally carefree attitude of the Americans" were a treat! It seemed that Americans were much more reckless and free than Brits, though whether this was a good thing is never really stated!
Also, the Native Americans were still a huge force or "threat" and before the train left San Francisco, passengers were advised to purchase guns and ammo in case the train were attached on the prairie!!! Ah, how much we have lost Was Passepartout a help or hindrance? I think that, with the exeption of his cluelessness in the Hindu temple, he was overwhelmingly a help especially for being thrown into the situation so suddenly.
His bravery in rescuing Mrs. Aouda and stopping the Souix attack are marvelous! Yet, was he wrong to withhold Fix's purpose from Fogg? He called it his biggest mistake and felt terribly responsible for the outcome. It did seem rather silly in retrospect that he did not tell Fogg, especially when Fogg was so helpful to Fix! But, that is just my view and I think he redeemed himself! Finally, I was quite shocked that not only do Mrs.
Aouda a Parsi! I found this remarkably progressive!!! Remarkably refreshing, if you ask me! Well that was rather amusing :- Preferred the second half of the book, faster paced and more escapades! Now, reading the book, I was surprised to see that I actually remembered big parts of the story. It was like I was reading the book for the second time. Even tho I never read the book before.
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But I remembered those cartoons and it felt so good in a way to be right about what was going to happen in the book. I grew up reading his books and when I saw this book on sales I immediately bought it and started reading it. And I felt like a child again. For a few hours as long as it took me to read this particular book , I was a kid again, waching her favourite cartoons and feeling so curious about what was going to happen.
I was happy. And this is what matters most. That a book made me happy. Made me think about the happy moments I had as a child. V, is for Verne 3 Stars A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager. Around the World in 80 Days is a slim little adventurous classic that seems to be telling us so much more than the actual text would suggest. The motley cast of characters - a staid Englishman, an excitable French servant, an American cop and an Indian maiden — have such d V, is for Verne 3 Stars A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager.
The motley cast of characters - a staid Englishman, an excitable French servant, an American cop and an Indian maiden — have such diverse and differing responses to the problems and blips that come up along the journey. It was at times very funny to read the exchanges between these characters, however overall I found this read a bit bland and certainly too scientific in content. I have always believed that the living of life is in the sights and the hick-ups in your plans, this however is not an opinion Fogg would likely share with me.
Although, perhaps I will wait until I am feeling a bit more finite and literal minded than I was when reading this one. View all 5 comments. This was fun to read out loud. The phrasing was strange sometimes, possibly due to this being a translated work, but I thought it only contributed to the book's charm. My older son particularly enjoyed Passepartout's character. We discussed suttee, opium dens, Mormons, and extradition laws, among other things. I confess to being a little disappointed that Fogg's success was mostly due to his wealth.
He essentially bribes his way around the world; a poor man couldn't have made it. The Shrinking World 26 August - Rouen I just noticed a little oddity with Goodreads in France: they used 'et' instead of 'and' when it tells you that people have liked a review. Mind you, they still use the work 'like' and opposed to 'aimer', which is a little disappointing, though apparently the word like, when used in the context of liking something on Social Media, has been taken onboard by numerous languages as apparently the Germans do something similar.
I guess this is further evidence The Shrinking World 26 August - Rouen I just noticed a little oddity with Goodreads in France: they used 'et' instead of 'and' when it tells you that people have liked a review. I guess this is further evidence of how English is slowly embedding itself as a global language though I can't remember if in Germany Goodreads uses 'und' instead of 'and'.
Anyway, I wasn't planning on finishing this book until I had left Amiens, namely because I wanted to visit the Jules Verne house beforehand. However it turned out that while Google told me that the Jules Verne house was closed on Tuesdays that wasn't entirely correct — during the summer it is just closed in the mornings, so I managed to visit his abode the day I arrived, which meant that I could leave Amiens earlier, though unfortunately the train strike means that I have to take a detour through Paris oh the tragedy of the situation as opposed to going directly to Rouen.
While I won't be posting this until I get to Rouen the simcard that I purchased for my phone is absolute rubbish — the company is SFR by the way I am using the extra time to actually write this review. Come to think of it, the train strike, and the railway carriage that I am sitting in writing this review, sort of conjours up the idea of being a part of Phineas Phogg's adventure, though he sort of has a lot more at stake than I do it just means that I get to Rouen a lot later than I originally anticipated — not that it turns out to be a problem.
One of the things that I saw in Verne's house was the route that Phogg took on his journey, though it was interesting seeing how he worked it out since there are other books, such as Robur the Conqueror , who also take similar journeys and Verne didn't want to repeat a similar journey with this one. The other thing was that it needed to be possible to do the journey in eighty days, and as such needed to take the most direct, and fastest, route possible. Mind you, it wasn't like today where you could easily make the trip in, well, three days travelling by commercial airliner that is, though you could possibly do the trip a lot faster if you hitched a ride on a jet fighter.
The whole idea of the book is to show how the world has become much much smaller and it has become even smaller with the advent of the commercial airliner and the internet. At the beginning of the century getting from England to Australia would take six months in a leaky boat, and not much had really changed in the millenia from when people realised that they could get a horse to do all the walking, and that jumping on a log that was floating down the river was a lot quicker than crawling through the woods.
Okay, roads did speed things up somewhat, as did making sure that bandits didn't harass wayward travellers, however the collapse of the Roman Empire did mean that many of these roads, while very well built, did start to decay though quite a few of them are still being used today — in fact our tour guide at the Somme Battlefields referred to the roads as 'the Roman Roads'.
The thing is that technology has made the world much smaller, though Phogg did to have some very deep pockets to enable him to make the journey, and to overcome the obstacles that got in his way every so often. However, the two main forms of transport — the train and the steamer — did a lot to make the world much smaller.
In fact the idea of connecting the United States by railway did much to tame what was in a sense a wild land — the railway meant that people could move a lot faster, and troops could be deployed in places a lot quicker as well. Of course we have this famous picture of when the two lines finally met, which gives the impression that this massive continent had been conquered. However Le Tour du Monde is much more than just a diary of some eccentric guy who is trying to prove to a bunch of people that he can make the journey in an incredibly short time: there is also adventure, and mystery, thrown into it.
The reason he makes the journey is because there had just been a bank robbery the Bank of England I believe, though I didn't think one could actually rob a central bank, however that debate is a debate for another time and the members of this private club were arguing as to how easy it would be for the robber to disappear. Phogg's argument was 'not difficult at all — in fact technology of today meant that once he was on the continent he would be gone'. The argument then moves on to how fast one could get around the world.
As it turns out the police are a little suspicious of Phogg — why take a such a journey so soon after a bank robbery? So a detective, Mr Fix, decides to follow him, but as soon as he leaves Hong Kong he realises that he can't arrest him as he has left British jurisdiction and the warrant is late in arriving , so he ends up following him on his journey. Mind you, one can't travel across the American West without being attacked by Native Americans, or be required to rescue a princes somewhere along the way as well as visiting a Chinese opium den , so in a way this little romp around the world literally has everything except a boxing Kangaroo, unfortunately, so here is a pic for those who missed out.
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Title page of an early French edition of "Five Weeks in a Balloon".
Definitely classic! My girlfriend bought me this book about two years ago, considering my fondness of adventure story. I wasn't really have a chance to read it at that time, thus I had just recently read it a few days ago—and to my surprise I did "round the world" in merely less than three days. The story sets itself in the middle of 19th century, in the very capital of England, London, where Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepartout set off on a race to round the world in eighty day Definitely classic!
The story sets itself in the middle of 19th century, in the very capital of England, London, where Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepartout set off on a race to round the world in eighty days on a wager of twenty thousand pounds. It's one epic tale full of exotic adventures from the many places around the globe from Paris, middle east, India, Hong Kong, Japan to San Fransisco.
The story is profusely rich and full of suspense, it's simply a capricious chamber of surprises that might astound you by any moment possible. It's definitely the kind of book you can't put down once you've laid your eyes on its pages. It will also gladden you to find the story ends itself with a suspenseful account of happy ending! Not only has Verne done a tremendous research to write this amazing account, it's also can be seen from the story that he, himself, is a man of adventure and traveller.
His prowess as a yachtsman is easily perceivable by reading the whole account of the magnificent journey of Phileas Fogg and his companions through the seas of the world. I believe there are several ways to enjoy this book to the fullest, mine was to read it with the company of a slab of cheese cake with a pot of chamomile to wash it down, also by not forgetting a huge map of the world on the table to keep track the journey of the intrepid gentlemen around the world in the comfort of my study room while occasionally gazing at the heavy rain outside my window. The other ways, of course, you'll have to find out yourself!
Every event here was boring, expected, and sometimes provocative. The only thing I was fond of is Mr. Phileas Fogg Character Especially its coolness and permanent stability. On the other side, the other characters were very ordinary. Anyway, I liked this different kind of reading, even if the first experience was bad. View 1 comment. I just remember that there was a movie adaptation of this classic on early , that casts some of the famous Hollywoord actors such as Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I never had a chance to see the said movie; and now I'm thinking of watching it to check if they follow the spectacular storyline of this book. I love all the protagonists in this novel — even Detective Fix who later became an ally in Mr. Fogg's mission to travel the world. I'm not very much fond of travelling; but this boo I just remember that there was a movie adaptation of this classic on early , that casts some of the famous Hollywoord actors such as Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm not very much fond of travelling; but this book made me realize some of the benefits or advantages of doing it once in while.
Jules Verne's books never fails to amaze readers on how brilliant his novels are — they are quite detailed, extraordinary, and will leave anyone to anticipate the upcoming events. Shelves: guardian-challenge , translated-literature , boxells , classics. Fogg seemed a perfect type of that English composure which Angelica Kauffmann has so skilfully represented on canvas. This slim novel tells the tale of an enigmatic English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, who resides at No.
He departs from London by train at p. Before opening this volume for the first time my only notion of the storyline came from watching the wonderfully debonair David Niven play Phileas Fogg in the Academy Award-winning epic adventure-comedy, Around the World in 80 Days there have been other screen adaptions, too. Enchanting though I found this film, it deviated rather from the novel, especially when it came to the now widely-remembered scene of the men taking off from Paris in a hot air balloon, as this simply didn't happen in the book.
Indeed, there was no ballooning of any sort in Verne's original story. There was, however, an elephant. My Nan, whose father was French, always maintained that his side of the family lived next door to Jules Verne.
Like the writer, they came from Nantes, a seaport city in Western France. I was a child when I received this information and regrettably failed to elicit further details, but she was a lady known for living by the maxim: 'While you live, tell truth and shame the Devil', so I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of her story.
The book I found entertaining, inventive and light-hearted. It is, of course, very much of its time, especially with regard to its depiction of the British Empire, but I can imagine how gripping and modern it must have seemed to those who read it first.
It was, nevertheless, ideally suited to my mood for something short and undemanding to read in a single sitting. You can read more of my reviews and other literary features at Book Jotter. View all 4 comments. Chosen for the specific challenge of reading a "book that's at least years older than you", this surprised me in a good way.
Part history lesson, part geography lesson - I enjoyed following the prim and proper Phileas Fogg, as he traipses across the globe to win an impossible gentlemen's wager. Add in a dogged detective determined to get his man by any means possible and a loyal, overzealous manservant, and you've got quite the zany adventure.
Though they face obstacle after obstacle in the s Chosen for the specific challenge of reading a "book that's at least years older than you", this surprised me in a good way. Though they face obstacle after obstacle in the spirit of stiff British mannerisms, this was still fun, keeping my interest throughout. It even had a bit of romance to it as well! Truly, I really couldn't ask for more from a book as old as this ; This booking does not involve any purchase commitment And allows you to come and see this book at the bookshop Or to order it within this period. Warning : our books are listed on other sites, the book can be sold before confirmation of your reservation, and we can not guarantee its availability.
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