Around the world in 80 days is a charming novel about a true English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, and his newly employed servant, Passepartout. Phileas Fogg is a keen gambler and bets £20,000, with the other gentlemen at the reform club, on the fact they would be able to circumnavigate the world and return to London in the allotted amount of time.
Unfortunately for Phileas Fogg, things are never as easy as they sound.
At the same time as this bet was placed a crime has been committed in London. There has been a robbery at the bank of England and the police a combing the city and the ports for any likely suspect. Say like somebody leaving the country unexpectedly. Phileas Fogg is about to become the number one suspect.
He will have to use his wit and initiative to outwit Scotland Yard and to return to London to win the £20,000. For Phileas Fogg the easiest means of transportation will never be the most efficient and not only will he have to use ships and trains but he will have to travel via sledge and even elephant if he has any chance of succeeding.
This novel is very clever and is written brilliantly. Not only does every character capture your interest from the first time they are mentioned but also all have expertly crafted personalities and have the reader interested in their fate. Verne writes the book knowing exactly what they have in mind for each and every character and constructs their personality and background beautifully from the word ‘GO’. This in turn keeps the reader interested.
Jules Verne has a fantastic ability to vary the pace in the book meaning that the reader alternatively gets all the information they need about a certain place or person whilst still being kept interested in the novel and the story by the quick paced snapshots of action and adventure.
All in all I think this is a great classic novel that everybody has to read at least once.