“Who thought that an argument on a saying, “The world is small now-a-days”, would’ve changed Phileas’ life? This Jules Verne’s story revolves around a wealthy English merchant named Phileas Fogg of the age about 40. Phileas Fogg was a tall, handsome and a very punctual guy. He lived an unmarried life and it seemed that he had no relatives. He did talk to people but not ever about himself. Nobody knew his occupation but people did know his habits. A trustful man-servant looked after him and his house. He had a planned everyday routine which was, 12 hours in his house and 12 hours out in club playing cards with his friends.
On October 2nd, two unusual things happened in Mr. Fogg’s life. First was that he had hired a new man-servant named Passépartout who was a French guy. The second unusual thing was that one of the members from the club said something unusual that changed Mr. Fogg’s life.
“A robber stole 55’000 pounds from my bank. People did saw him but couldn’t catch him but they described him to the police. The robber looks like an English gentlemen and the police will soon find him because the world is small nowadays” said the bank manager.
Stuart starting arguing that the World is not small and that it couldn’t be completed in Eighty Days whereas Mr. Fogg said “Gentlemen, it is now possible to go around the world in eighty days” The trains and steamships were fastest means of travel. Mr. Fogg’s friends didn’t believe him and that moment was his life changing one. He bet his life savings of 20,000 pounds that he could travel the world in eighty days and so he’ll be back on exactly on Saturday, 21 December at 8:45 p.m or else the 20,000 pounds will be theirs. Mr. Fogg came back home and made Passépartout rush and pack his stuff as they were leaving right on the moment. They reached Suez by train and ship, Suez to Bombay, Bombay to Calcutta, Calcutta to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan, Yokohama to San Francisco, San Francisco to New York and finally from New York back to London. They had to face many problems in their journey. Once in their stay in Bombay they missed their train which was going to take them to Calcutta in and so Mr. Fogg saw an elephant and bought it from the man for 2,000 pounds. It was dark when they were travelling by the elephant and suddenly they heard some weird noises coming of people which was scaring the elephant and not letting him go any farther. They saw that a prince’s dead body was passing by and his wife, as per the rule, had to get burned alive too. Mr. Fogg and his team decided to save that poor women and Passépartout came up with an idea and saved her. They went on and on, travelled on and on but the question is “Did they reached London on time? and What happened to the women?”
This book was written by Jules Verne who wrote famous stories about adventure and imagination. This particular book was written in 1874 and is full of excitement. At that time, to be able to make such a journey I such a short time was unbelievable. This book is recommended to people who loves books with full humor, adventures and excitement.