Phileas Fogg is the type of predictable English gentleman who does the same thing every day at exactly the correct time. He even fired his last servant for bringing his shaving water two degrees too cold. So he replaced that faulty servant with Passepartout.
Recently in London there has been a bank robbery, and suspiciously on a conveniently close date to the event, Fogg makes a ridiculous bet that he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days.
He embarks immediately, but it is not such an easy thing, and delays are inevitable. The railway is interrupted in India, a woman is rescued from death, their train is attacked by Sioux in America, and most of all they are being pursued by a determined Detective Fix who, once they step on English soil, has the power to arrest Mr. Fogg for bank robbery on a false charge — or maybe it’s not so false.
In My Opinion…
Author: Jules Verne
My Rating: 3 stars
Very interesting book. The last few chapters were great, keeping you wondering if he will, in fact, make it. There were some truly great parts, but on the negative side, there was a lot of more boring description and things unnecessary to the story, and I ended up at least one week behind my schedule as I read it for schoolwork.
I think it could have been improved by having a countdown at the beginning of each chapter, because I found it hard to know exactly where they were in their journey, and some of the more unnecessary parts could very easily have been cut.
Apart from that it was a great story. One of the best classics I’ve read. I think it’s worth the read, but I wouldn’t want to read it again too soon.