Around The World In Eighty Days
by Jules Verne
Happy Friday! Congratulations on making it (almost) through another week, particularly if, like me, you’ve been in your office chicken coop instead of being out exploring the world, like you’d prefer to do. So on your lunch break today, treat yo self; go spend a few dollars on a new book and live vicariously through a character who’s doing exactly what we all want to do – getting up, leaving regular life behind for a few months, and seeing the world.
I absolutely love this book; I’ve read it twice this year already! The premise of the story is quite simple: Phileas Fogg, an upstanding but eccentric English gentlemen makes a bet with his mates to the tune of, today, what is around £1.6 million (or just over AUD$3 million!) that he can travel around the world in exactly 80 days. He sets off with his recently employed manservant, a Frenchman named Passepartout, and a strict timetable which proves the feat is theoretically possible. He attempts, in earnest, to adhere to this timetable, which is challenged and interrupted at every opportunity, by, among other situations, a police officer who believes he is responsible for a bank robbery, making this one of the classic adventure novels of all time despite being written in the late 1800s.
It’s a pretty light, quick, easy read, but it’s one of those rare novels that truly take you away from your world for the time you spend reading it and immerse you in this adventure or Mr Fogg and his entourage. If you’ve got a case of wanderlust, if you’re having a crappy day and need to escape temporarily, if you need to experience the world of travel before the simplicity of jumping on a plane to take you from A to B in a few hours, do yourself a favour and pick up a copy, pour yourself a proper English cup of tea, and take the whirlwind tour with Mr Fogg : )