Friday, August 27, 2010

Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne

Around the World
in 80 Days
Jules Verne

A journey around the Earth.... in eighty days? Surely such a thing is not possible. Yet this is the bet taken up by Phileas Fogg in Around The World In Eighty Days. Jules Verne was a great admirer of the British Empire. The wealth, the splendour and the engineering, products of the greatest empire in the world fascinated him in his writing.
This novel is primarily about a race. For Fogg and a bet that could double his fortune or leave him penniless and for his servant Paspartout who faces a similar crisis over a gas burner he left on before leaving on the journey. Together the two men travel the many cultures of the British Empire with the police on their tales over a misunderstanding but threatening to stop their endeavor in it's tracks. The presence of the two men in different cultures exposes the English regard to foreigners and the detachment of such men to foreign cultures.


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