maandag 18 juni 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 25: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules verne

Title: Around the World in 80 Days
Author: Jules Verne
Story: Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.
Start: june 16th 2012
End: june 18th 2012
Comment: When I picked up this book I thought, it doesn't get more adventuorous than this. A guy who decides to travel around the world in 80 days and not everything goes according to plan. Englishman Phileas Fogg is the one who comes up with the idea. He is very likeable, maybe because he's a bit strange, and off course you want him to succeed. This book wouldn't be adventurous at all if everything went the way it should be. It's a great concept and I did read it very quickly, but that's mainly because the book wasn't that big. Overall it's a pretty slow read, because there isn't much action going on at all. Towards the end there is, it gets more exciting and by the time the book reaches his climax you realize you're almost finished. Fogg was a nice character, but his French sidekick Passepartout was even more likeable. I liked him for his loyalty. No matter what happened, he stood by Fogg. "Around the World in 80 Days" surely was adventurous, but not as adventurous as I hoped it would be. I think 19th century adventure is too tame for today's readers.
Rating: 3 / 5

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