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review 2017-08-24 19:15
Around the World in Eighty Days
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

What I learned from this book: travelling by train is far more dangerous and troubling than travelling by boat. What happens to Phileas Fogg and his group during their train travels is insane.

 

About halfway through the book I switched to the audiobook, narrated by Jim Dale, and this choice has been perfect for me. I struggled with Verne´s descriptions of the cities, the countrys, the ships and so on and they worked better for me while listening to them. And Jim Dale is a great narrator, giving distinct voices to the characters and some of the voices (the mormon priest and Colonel Procter in particular) made me chuckle. 

 

Around the World in Eighty Days is such a fun book to listen to. In fact so much fun that I went walking through town today, earplugs in my ears, listening to the last hour of this novel with a constant smile on my lips. People must have thought me a nut job.

 

My favorite things about the ending has been

 

Mrs Auoda proposing to Phileas Fogg. You go, girl! And of course the satisfaction that I figured out that Phileas Fogg had in fact one more day than he thought he had. Another thing I learned from this book: Always travel from west to east if you want to go around to world. 

(spoiler show)

 

And to be honest I still don´t get the weird 19th century obsession with the Mormons. Loved Passepourte in this scene, though:

 

"And this," added William Hitch, "is why the Congress felt such envy towards us! This is why the soldiers of the Union invaded the soil of Utah! This is hy our leader, the prophet Brigham Young, was imprisioned in violation of the basic principles of justice. Will we give in to force? Never! We have been driven out of Vermont, driven out of Illinois, driven out of Ohio, driven out of Missouri and driven out of Utah, but we will still find an independent territory where we will pitch out tents. And you who are one of the faithful," added the elder, staring at his only remaining listener with eyes that blazed with anger, "will you pitch your tent in the shade of our banner?"

"No," replied Passepartout courageously, fleeing in turn and leaving the fanatic to preach in the wilderness.

 

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text 2017-08-15 22:53
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 230 pages.
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

He had worked in ten different households. In every one the people had been temperamental or unpredictable, eager to seek out adventure or explore other countries, something that no longer suited Passepartout. [...] He discovered in the meanwhile that Phileas Fogg, Esq., was looking for a servant. He made some enquiries about this gentleman. Someone whose daily life was so well ordered, someone who never spent the night away from home and didn´t travel or even go away for a day, was bound to suit him.

 

I wonder what Passepartout is going to say about Phileas Fogg´s upcoming travel plans...

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-07-31 22:36
Booklikes-Opoly - BrokenTune's Final Game Wrap Up
Making History - Stephen Fry
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood
Die So Geliebte. Roman Um Annemarie Schwarzenbach - Melania G. Mazzucco
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
Howards End - E.M. Forster
Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum - Richard Fortey
Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry - Jules Verne
The Day Of The Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

July 31st:

 

Bank account: $215

 

Many thanks to Obsidian Blue and Moonlight reader for hosting this game. It was so much fun! Both playing and watching everyone else's updates - a special shout out to Magnetic Monkey and Penni, who have been quite the entertaining duo.

 

My personal goal for this game was to tackle my TBR shelves, both physical and electronic, and try and read as many books that I already own as I could. 

 

In that, I think it has been a resounding success. I managed to read 

 

40 books. Which added up to an amazing 12205 pages! And I loved many of them. Even ones that were outside of my normal reading comfort zone - Hello Sci-fi! and time travel. 

 

In fact, I managed to re-connect with one of my favourite childhood authors - Jules Verne. Not that Verne is a children's author. I just happen to have had my first encounter with Verne when I was a child. Now I want to read more of his works. They are just amazing!

 

Overall, not all of the books I have read over the game have been impressive. There have been 3 DNFs, and all the books together averaged a 3.36 rating.

 

However, there were some honourable mentions which I have linked above.

 

The Thorn Birds, Howards End, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth were re-reads, so the most surprising or best discoveries of the last three months have been Making History by Stephen Fry and The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulff.

 

Again, many thanks to OB and MR and to all the other BLikers who have taken part or cheered from the sidelines. You all rock!

 

 

Below (after the page break) are all my game updates.

 

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review 2017-07-23 00:56
Around the World in 80 Days
Round The World In Eighty Days - John Kennett

"A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager," replied Phileas Fogg, solemnly.

With this we're off to the one of the best adventure stories... And no matter how often I read this book, I still get excited about whether they will make it back to the Reform Club in time. 

 

Anyway, while Phileas Fogg is of course the originator of the bet and the driving force behind the trip. Having meticulously planned the route and conveyances that would allow him to circumnavigate the world, of course nothing goes to plan...

 

Verne's writing is fantastic in this one, because it is both funny, sensitive, and informative, and you just want to be on that trip.

 

But the absolute best part of the book is Fogg's man Passepartout. 

Passepartout was by no means one of those pert dunces depicted by Moliere with a bold gaze and a nose held high in the air; he was an honest fellow, with a pleasant face, lips a trifle protruding, soft-mannered and serviceable, with a good round head, such as one likes to see on the shoulders of a friend.

He is the absolute hero of the story even though the original meeting between Fogg and Passepartou indicates that he had other plans for his time in Fogg's employment:

"You are a Frenchman, I believe," asked Phileas Fogg, "and your name is John?" "Jean, if monsieur pleases," replied the newcomer, "Jean Passepartout, a surname which has clung to me because I have a natural aptness for going out of one business into another. I believe I'm honest, monsieur, but, to be outspoken, I've had several trades. I've been an itinerant singer, a circus-rider, when I used to vault like Leotard, and dance on a rope like Blondin. Then I got to be a professor of gymnastics, so as to make better use of my talents; and then I was a sergeant fireman at Paris, and assisted at many a big fire. But I quitted France five years ago, and, wishing to taste the sweets of domestic life, took service as a valet here in England. Finding myself out of place, and hearing that Monsieur Phileas Fogg was the most exact and settled gentleman in the United Kingdom, I have come to monsieur in the hope of living with him a tranquil life, and forgetting even the name of Passepartout."

Such a great read.

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review 2017-07-22 01:19
Fast race, turn of the century style
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

That was awesome! I love when these classics turn out to be addictive page-turners. Even though I knew Fogg had to triumph, I admit I had several moments of true anxiety, so double points.

 

Into the podium of Verne's favorites it goes. Now, what do I do with this furious raging of my wanderlust?

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