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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
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Jun 09, 2012

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Recommended for: travellers, admirers of classics, humorists
Read in September, 2010

If the story had been any longer, it would have dragged, but as it was I found this a light, enjoyable read. Verne has a quirky way with words (assuming the English translation is more or less faithful to the original French) and though the characters are relatively one-dimensional, the dialogue often stilted and the narrator prone to stating the obvious, in a way the novel’s very dryness is what makes it entertaining.

While slightly overfond of lists, Verne spares the reader descriptions of Tolkienesque length and detail and keeps the action moving. And you can’t help but smile at the quaintness of Verne’s commentary on race, culture and “modern” travel. This book’s ironic flavour only improves with age.

Although not entirely unexpected, the ending wasn’t completely predictable either and left me with a wry chuckle and a sense of satisfaction.

Not a life-changer perhaps, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.

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