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Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
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Jul 24, 08

bookshelves: fantasy, novel
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 1961

The very proper English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, and his bumbling manservant, Passepartout, make a trip around the world in eighty days, by just about every conveyance imaginable - except a hot air balloon. This is a very exciting story, with a rescued Indian princess, a steamship that is cannibalized to keep the engines running, a race across the desert in cars, and a wealth of characters and locales that keep the reader engrossed. Oh, sure, there is the occasional element of political incorrectness here, but what do you expect from a story that was written in 1873? This book has stood the test of time because of its fast-paced drama and also because of the greatness of spirit exhibited by its main characters. It is an absolute joy, and should not be missed.
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