The Book Around the World in Eighty Days is Released by Jules Verne

It Happened on
January 30, 1873

“Around the World in 80 Days” is a classic adventure novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1873. The story follows the journey of Phileas Fogg, a wealthy Englishman who makes a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his valet Passepartout, Fogg sets out on a journey that takes him across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, facing numerous obstacles and challenges along the way.

As a critic, I would say that the book is a thrilling and exciting read that immerses the reader in the world of the late 19th century. Verne’s descriptions of the various places and cultures that Fogg and Passepartout encounter are vivid and rich, and the characters are well-developed and engaging. The novel is a great adventure story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, eager to see where Fogg’s journey takes him next.

On the other hand, it’s a product of its time, and some of the racist and sexist attitude of the author towards certain cultures and characters are a product of its time and should be read with a critical lens.

Overall, “Around the World in 80 Days” is a timeless classic that is sure to delight readers of all ages with its fast-paced action and exciting adventure. I recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling read that will take them on a journey around the world.

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Jules Verne

Prolific French novelist, poet, and playwright, and co-founder of Plus Ultra

born on November 04, 1873

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Inspired by Jules Verne, Pioneer American Woman Journalist Nellie Bly Her Attempt to Beat Travel Around the World in Less Than 80 Days
It happened on 14 November, 1889

Nellie Bly was a pioneering journalist and adventurer who, in 1889, set out to beat the fictional record of Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of Featuring: Nellie Bly. (more...)

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Jules Verne

Prolific French novelist, poet, and playwright, and co-founder of Plus Ultra