Book Review: Around the World in Eighty Days

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When you step into the world of Jules Verne, you step into a world of possibilities and endless adventures. You also meet unforgettable characters.

Phileas Fogg, a rich Englishman, accepts a wager from his friends at the Reform Club to travel around the world in eighty days. Of course, none of his companions believe he can do it. Although that sounds like no big deal to us now, back then, it was quite the feat. The wager was set at a remarkable 20,000 pounds.

Phileas Fogg had just employed an endearing Frenchman named Passepartout to be his servant. To me, he was the most interesting and emotional character Verne created. He’s a humble, dedicated servant who truly would do anything for Phileas Fogg.

Along their journey, Passepartout meets a man named Fix, who just happened to be a detective on board the train searching for a bank robber. They quickly become friends, but Fix has an ulterior motive. 

While in India—they rode an elephant to Allahabad—they see a lovely woman named Aouda, who is about to be sacrificed by suttee. Thanks to Passepartout’s quick thinking, he takes the place of Aouda’s dead husband on the funeral pyre. He then rises from the pyre and scares off the Brahmins and rescues Aouda.

No matter what delays occurred on this journey, every single problem was solved by money. Need a ride? Buy an elephant. Need a steamboat? Buy it from the captain. Need to get there fast? Bribe the engineers. Even in the late 1870s, money could still solve all your problems. Interesting to note that today’s society still has the same ideology. 

Will Phileas Fogg make it in time? What happened to Aouda? And Fix? Find out when you go around the world in eighty days.