Around the World in Eighty Days
By Jules Verne
In the book Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg takes on a huge bet on 20,000 pounds sterling that he can go around the world in 80 days or less. In the process of this undertaking, he encounters many obstacles, overcomes them, meets many characters, and finally wins the bet.
During a political club meeting in London, Phileas Fogg acquires a bet over 20,000 pounds to go around the world in 80 days or less, all the while Fix tracking Fogg, thinking him a London Bank robber. In the beginning of the book, he is bathing and his servant is put out of his job since he did not get the temperature of the shaving water the perfect temperature, and Passepartout is hired instead. Once he hired Passepartout he went to club and acquired the bet. After arriving home he did some research and got boat times and then planned ahead. Once he had his bags packed he simply got to the boat to leave. Starting in London, he had just agreed to go to Bombay, next to Calcutta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, and New York, then finally back to London in less than eighty days. This was a terrible feat as the fastest transportation was slow in front of today’s vehicles. In the process, many hurdles are erected by Fix and the world around them, all rising out of nowhere to loom in front of them, and the moment you think, “they won’t make it this time,” they are climbing the hurdles, whatever the costs.
While on the journey, he encountered many hurdles in the way of his goal, and he could overcome all of them. At this point in the journey, he and his little band rescue Aouda, a young Indian woman, from a bunch of Indian priests who were about to sacrifice her. The others tried to save her, but it was Passepartout, the faithful valet, who saved her by impersonating as her dead husband that she was about to be burned with. Even with a new crew member on board, Fix kept trying to throw some dodgeballs at them, trying to arrest them, kill them, sink them, whatever he could do, thinking that Fogg was creating a robber band. Once Fogg got that Fix could throw all the hurdles he could and they would leap all of them, Fix eventually started to help, and was a great help. As Fix started helping them, they progressed faster than ever before by train, zipping across the countryside before one could see anything. While on the way to NYC, they came across a very flimsy bridge that was about to fall. They went for the risky approach and had the conductor literally leap the bridge with the train. After that, traveling went smooth, other than a nice little Indian raid, and the rescue of Passepartout from the Indians, and then the rush to London was extremely important.
When he arrived home, he won the bet by a sliver of time, and also acquired happiness in the form of marriage. When he arrived home, he thought that he had lost the bet, went to his house, and then Aouda asked him if he wanted to marry her. When he replied yes, he sent Passepartout to the Reverend, where Passepartout found that it was day eighty, and that they had not lost the bet. Therefore, Passepartout went off at his fastest for Fogg’s house, practically dragging Fogg to the meeting site, and Fogg appeared at exactly the time required. As he had won the bet, he did not need to do anything except put it in a bank account, go home, and have some leisure time with Aouda. All in all, he found Happiness, Wealth, and Fortune on this excruciating trip Around the World in Eighty Days.
Although I like the book, I do not recommend watching the movie spin-offs because the spin-offs stink at matching the book. I liked the book because it is always action-packed, alive, and it always makes me want to just keep reading. I recommend this book to young children that seek adventure and thrill, as this book is packed with action and adventure, and can really leave you hanging, thinking, “what happens next?”, so young children can have fun with the adventure, and learn about some foreign countries’ beliefs, religions, and customs.