Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne, reviewed by Tushar Channan

Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne

Reviewed by
Tushar Channan
School: Gyan Mandir Public School

The author of this story is ‘Jules Verne’. He is also known as the ‘Founding Father of Science Fiction’. Verne’s stories, written for adolescents as well as adults, caught the enterprising spirit of the (19th, its uncritical fascination about scientific progress and inventions). His works were often written in the form of a travel book, which took the readers on a voyage to the Moon in From The Earth to the Moon (1865) or to another direction as in A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864).

Main Characters:

Phileas Fogg - Employee

Passepartout - Servant

Mr. Fx - Police Officer

This book is very interesting and exciting. The story is like this.

Phileas Fogg is a very punctual person. He is extremely wealthy, straight forward and men centric. Like any regular day, he walked into a club, met with some friends and in conversation, places a bet of 20,000 pounds, saying that he can travel around he world in 80 days. Of course, back then, this would have been near to impossible, for they didn’t have the technology we have today. If he fails to make it back to the club in exactly 80 days, he will lose half of his fortune.

Accompanied by his new, but loyal, as well as trustworthy servant, Passepartout, they embark on a magnificent journey, they rescue an Indian woman, Ms. Aauda, from a sacrificial ritual. Fogg has given his word to et the woman to safety in Japan to her relatives. However, when they find out that her relative didn’t live there anymore she has no choice but to accompany the two on their journey.

Back in London however, there has been a bank robbery, where the thief got away with a total grand amount of 50,000 pounds! The police’s suspicion arouses on to Mr. Fogg, who they think has made up an excuse to travel around the world in 80 days, in order to get away from the arms of law. Thus, a private detective is sent out to follow Phileas Fogg, gather evidence against him, and wait for an arrest warrant to throw him into jail. This of course delays Fogg’s progress.

Mr. Fogg who has very less time, returns but thought that the bet is over and he lost it. But when Passepartout returned he gave the news that tomorrow is in fact Saturday and that they are still in time. This was made possible because they gained a day in traveling the globe to the east.

I recommend this book for all book lovers in the world.

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