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Jules Verne’s classic, Around the World in 80 Days has been adapted to film in several different ways, even as a comedy starring Jackie Chan. The original work was published in 1873, but is still read and enjoyed by many today.
One of the more enduring aspects enjoyed by readers has to be the strange and original names of the characters. The 20,000 pound wager would be equivalent to nearly $2 million dollars today. To circumnavigate the world in 80 days would be an unheard of feat at the time, and the literary adventure of using so many means of travel to go across a great number of countries made it a bestseller.
As I searched for images to make this review, I was accosted by photos of Phileas and Passepartout in a hot-air balloon. Because I didn’t recall this happening in the book, I had to look it up. The hot air balloon ride was added in the 1956 adaptation of the movie, and has now become an icon for the story.
This adventurous tale is a timeless adventure during a time when the sun never set on the British Empire. A fun, clean read for people of almost any age. Another of those books you must read to experience, and can’t get by with just watching the movie.
Around the World in Eighty Days (Bantam Classics) is available for Kindle.