AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
AUTHOR – JULES VERNE
PUBLISHIND HOUSE – PENGUIN CLASSICS
COST – Rs 175
Around the world in eighty days is one of the most celebrated fiction novel authored by Jules Verne. It revolves around Phileas Fogg, a rich gentleman, who lives a quarantine life with habits carried out to mathematical precision. Very little is known about Mr. Fogg's social life other than that he spends most of the day playing whist with a few others in the Reform Club. In short, he is the least communicative of men and follows a strict regime. However, while having a conversation with his fellow partners at whist, Mr. Fogg makes a decision to prove to them that it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days and bets £20,000 on his success and immediately departs for the journey with his newly appointed servant, Passepartout. During their journey they encounter many obstacles and adventures, they rescue an Indian princess from getting sacrificed, Mr. Fogg is mistaken for a bank robber and most disastrously, the train that they travel on is attacked and overcome by Sioux warriors... With his fortune and reputation at stake, Phileas Fogg has everything to lose if he fails. To find out if they ever reached London again, you will have to read the book! This oeuvre by Jules Verne had so many hair-raising and pulse-speeding adventures that the urge to find out what happens next was unbearable for me! In addition to that the way Verne has portrayed Mr. Fogg’s habits is very amusing and gives a beautiful touch to the book. And most importantly the way of writing is admirable, Verne has described the situations so well that you feel as a part of them. Also, as a student, the vocabulary used in the book has helped me improve my English as well. This is why I love this book so much!
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