Review: “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne

For the love of books

Around the World in Eighty Days clearly expresses Jules Verne’s love for science.  An exciting, fast-paced journey across Europe, Asia, and North America is instigated by the author’s unusual characters as the result of a challenging bet.

Phlegmatic Phileas Fogg is a perfect, albeit eccentric, British gentleman.  Being an exuberant and passionate Frenchman, Fogg’s newly employed manservant, Passepartout, is his opposite. While Passepartout is a perfect example of the care-free traveler, Fogg is the travel agent who keeps the expedition from falling apart.

These first-time travelers astound the entire contemporary world by attempting to encircle the earth in eighty days.  This venture was considered humanly impossible during the late nineteenth century, due to inevitable scientific factors, lack of technology, and complications that would arise and delay the trip.  Verne’s writing style is accompanied by his natural insight and his ability to provide the reader throughout the novel with detailed scientific explanations and scenic descriptions.  Around the World in Eighty Days proves that Jules Verne is indeed “The Father of Science Fiction.”

Original review: A free trip around the world, Examiner.com

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