THE A5 BOOK REVIEW
Jules Verne's classic book tells the story of an English gentleman who, in 1872, makes an amazing bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. This was before the age of airplanes; Verne got the idea sitting in a cafe reading a newspaper article about how it might now be possible to actually do so. The main character is Phileas Fogg, a mysteriously quiet but resolutely honorable man who stoically bases his life on routine and logic, making such a bet and such a trip that much more surprising. Fogg doesn't actually put a lot of attention on the places he visits, as his focus is on winning the bet. As such, the story mainly revolves around the race itself, and on the adventures the team face along the way, including the rescue of a beautiful woman about to be burned at a ritual sacrifice in India. Around the World in 80 Days has captivated the imagination of generations, and it still today makes for a great read for both children and adults alike.
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OTHER A5 RECOMMENDED TRAVEL BOOKS - JULES VERNE
Jules Verne (1825-1908) was a well-known French novelist and playwright, best known for his stories of adventure and as someone who is sometimes credited as the true originator of science fiction. His best known novels include Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869), and of course the great travel book Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Click here to learn more about Jules Verne.
“But what then? What had he really gained by all this trouble? What had he brought back from this long and weary journey?
Nothing, you say? Perhaps so; nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men!
Truly, would you not for less than that make the tour around the world?”
- Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days
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