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Around the World in Seventy-Two Days (Dodo Press)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  163 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (wrote as Nellie Bly) (1864- 1922) was an American journalist, author, industrialist, and charity worker. She is most famous for an undercover expose in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She is also well-known for her record-breaking trip around the world. Bly focused her early work for the Dispatch on the plight of ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 16th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published January 1st 1890)
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Marts  (Thinker)
Nellie Bly (pen name for Elizabeth Jane Cochrane) was an American journalist who lived around 1864- 1922. In this volume she chronicles her journey around the world where she broke the fictitious record of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg, making the trip in 72 days. She even takes time out during her travels to visit Mr. Verne in France...
Daniel
Wow, can I give this book six stars?

Well, as it turns out, I have a major history crush on Nellie Bly. I don't know, there's something about a tough, adventurous Victorian woman going solo around the world and writing beautifully about it that just does it for me. She recounts colorful stories with quite pretty language, and she displays an acute sense of humor, a playful and fun-loving spirt, and an utterly charming personality. (Don't tell her I said any of that though, I'm tryin' to play it c
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Kay
Nelly Bly's epic account of her trip around the world, undertaken as a publicity stunt in 1889-1890, has an unmistakable aura of Gilded Age enthusiasm about it, but it's also the work of a remarkable woman. Bly was a mold-breaker in every sense of the word -- she went places and did things that women had never done before. Her record-breaking trip was but one of many striking exploits; in fact, probably her most daring feat was to get herself committed to a women's insane asylum for ten days in ...more
Jodi
I really wish the editor had added illustrations and photos to this printing. There are so many antiquated and/or foreign boats, carriages, etc. mentioned that it would be greatly beneficial to have pictures (rather than having to put the book down every half page and google something). As it is an around-the-world travel account from the turn of the last century, it would have been all the more engrossing to have map depictions of her path and the places she stopped along the way, photographs o ...more
Zack
Synopsis: Reporter Nellie Bly undertakes a thrilling effort to beat fictional Phileas Fogg in a race to circle the globe!

Thoughts: This is an abridged centennial edition of the 1890 book Around The World in Seventy-Two Days, especially for middle grade readers. Her voyage is not the rollicking adventure story that Verne might have penned; there is no rescuing Hindu princesses from suttee or racing dog sleds across the tundra. The suspense to be found is rather more mundane: will she get back to
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Timothy Ferguson
Nellie Bly manages to circumnavigate the globe in her targeted time with only a little piece of hand luggage, a custom-made dress, and the endless financial support of the World newspaper. They do cheat a little by putting on a special express train to get her across the United States. I thought this book was charming, and aside from the dull clang when Bly uses terms now considered racist, I found her quite open-minded for a Western traveller. She is thrilled by things like curry and catamarans ...more
Sophiebird
I enjoyed this book for the most part. It is a good story and step back to a different era, if you can get past her somewhat bigoted, arrogant remarks about some of the cultures she happened upon. She did redeem herself a bit as a not too ugly American with her descriptions of the Japanese culture. And considering she wrote this book after writing Ten Days in a Madhouse, where she demonstrated such compassion for those subjected to the conditions there, she apparently only empathize by personal ...more
Perry Whitford
On November 14, 1889, pioneering American journalist Nellie Bly set out to endeavor to beat the fictional Fileas Fogg at his own game and travel around the world in less than 80 days. Her editor is initially dubious ("no one but a man can do this") but a year after the idea is first floated she sets sail from New York to London.
Her exact route, as she told Vules Verne himself, whom she met in Amiens, was "from New York to London, then Calais, Brindisi, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, Aden, Colombo, P
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Robert
A whirlwind adventure across the globe by the 19th Century American journalist, Nellie Bly. Keeping in mind that she is a product of her time, with certain cringe-inducing attitudes regarding the inhabitants of the countries she visits, this is an enjoyable account of a record-breaking experience.

The book reads as briskly as her journey passes, with details filled in the longer she spends in a particular spot. While we don't really get to know Bly that well, her mischievous sense of humor and ad
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Georgene
Born Elizabeth Cochran, this intrepid woman took the name Nellie Bly when she began to work as a reporter in New York City in the late 1880's. She did much work doing "undercover" reporting on the abuses of the day towards mental patients, workshop girls and street orphans.

In 1889, inspired by "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne, she undertook to do the same trip, but in a shorter time. Traveling by ship, train and carriage, she circumvented the earth in an astounding 72 days, a feat qu
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Dawn
3.5 stars
The Google Doodle a few weeks ago reminded me that, although I'd certainly read about and idolized Nellie Bly as a girl, I had never read her actual writings. This is what my library had to offer and I did thoroughly enjoy it. This book is an abridged version of her writings from the around-the-world trip - and it FELT abridged. I don't know if that's because of the newspaper writing style of the time, or because much was left out. I look forward to seeking out the complete version and
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Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)
I'm finally getting around to reading these pdf files of Nellie Bly's writing - so first here are a few links:

Nellie Bly online - her writings, all available for download as pdfs, including scans of the newspaper articles, such that you can see the surrounding text and illustrations. Really great stuff. (PDF file from here is only 91 pgs long, not a long read.)
Celebration of Women Writers - Around the World in 72 Days, online version, UPenn
Around the World in 72 Days - wikipedia article

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Jamie West
If I had physically read this book, I'd probably have given it four stars. However, I listened to it as a free audiobook and the reader was EXCELLENT. I felt she accurately reflected the "voice" and good-natured, spunky spirit of Nellie Bly.

Nellie's race around the world to equal or best the record set by the fictional Phileas Fogg makes for an enjoyable bit of light reading. Sometimes Nellie can come off as a bit smug, callous, and culturally superior, but for the most part her observations of
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Karen
This was a re-read for me. I read it a dozen years ago and liked revisiting it. Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) decided to challenge the Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days and set off to beat the time. This was in 1889, at the age of 25. This is remarkable to me because it was an era where women didn't go do things like this, especially on their own and the technology of today wasn't around to make it easier. She did it in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes! And this included 15 days wor ...more
Julie Davis
Highly enjoyable true story from journalist Nellie Bly who in 1889 set out to beat Jules Verne's fictional hero who went round the world in 80 days. I especially enjoyed the part where she met Jules and Mrs. Verne at their home. I also greatly admired her spunk in setting off with one suitcase crammed so full that she couldn't lock it.
Jackie
An inspiring person and esp woman! She writes with a strong voice and positive easygoing outlook. You'll enjoy experiencing her world record trip around the world with her.
Norman Howe
Nellie Bly's lighthearted account of her whirlwind newspaper stunt to beat Phileas Fogg's time.
Lauren Moz
Interesting read since a lot of the shocking or amazing things she sees all over the world is very common to us today. The writing isn't as fluid it would be if it was written by a good novelist, but the journey and braveness that she showed during the trip is impressive.
Carmen Albaladejo vivero
No es un libro bueno, pero es interesante. Lástima de traducción.
Bjarney Halldórsdóttir
Áhugaverð lesning, en ég átti von á frekari lýsingum og fannst þessi frásögn ekki eins lífleg og Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World eftir Matthew Goodman. Enda vitnaði Goodman ansi oft beint í frásögn Bly í sínum skrifum.
yengyeng
Pull a stunt and you're an instant celebrity. After travelling around the world, all the press is interested in is your sunburnt nose and the one dress you travelled in?! The author wasn't very much charmed by the Chinese. Maybe it's because she wasn't English.
Rs
Loved her sense of humor and her boldness, while she admits to being afraid. How many people are told they have one day to pack before traveling around the world? Also, she bought a pet monkey.
Jrobertus
an edited version of the work of a 25 year old travel reporter. she races jules vern's fictional phinneas fogg to round the globe in 1898. a remarkable true story by a really tough lady.
Marie Martin
I was rooting for her the entire journey! It is amazing how the descriptive words we use for others has changed over time!
Ginger
Although she was a bit rude and blunt in her description of the peoples she encountered, the book is quite interesting.
Catelyn May
I can't believe she did it all with one suitcase and one dress. Pity she didn't have room for souvenirs.
Stuart
A little slow at times, but interesting as a window into another time.
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Nellie Bly was the pen name of pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental inst
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