Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

At the esteemed Reform Club in London, eccentric gentleman Phileas Fogg undertakes an audacious wager with his fellow club members; as a result, he embarks on an adventure of a lifetime - to traverse the world in eighty days. Having much at stake on this risky gamble, even a mere delay could cause Fogg to lose everything as he attempts to complete his journey.

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS, a masterpiece written by the esteemed Jules Verne, chronicles a "calm and phlegmatic" gentleman's ventures across the globe. Through language, Verne paints realistic, picturesque portraits of different peoples and locations. Many contrasting personalities are also present in this novel, from the loyal servant Passepartout, to the ambivalent and duty-minded Detective Fix, and finally to the enigmatic and mysterious Phileas Fogg himself, whose complex character is unraveled throughout the novel as he does deeds that betray his usual cold and exact personality. AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS is a classic that no one should miss. Andrew C.

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