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Around the world in 80 days: The ubitour version guided by your mobile phone Paperback – March 2, 2010
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Today I can completely circle the Earth in 24 hours if really wanted to for the cost of a few plane tickets that are publicly available. (Or I could join the space program and circle the entire planet in a little under 90 minutes) So in today's society, Around The World in 80 Days isn't exactly an action story.
But it's still a GREAT adventure story! As a kid I read this book and thought it was an amazing adventure. Of course back then just going around the world at any speed sounded amazing. As a kid I barely knew what other States were, much less the other side of the world. When I re-read this recently as an adult, I was worried that I'd destroy my memory of the novel by seeing it in a less interesting light now that I've actually been all over the world.
I didn't. It was just an amazing as the first time I read it as a child.
Some of Jules Verne's books hold up like that over the years. Some don't. He was one of the most creative futurists of his day. But now the things he saw as existing in the distant future are things that we read about in history books. Sadly, the passage of time dulls some of Verne's amazing works. But Around The World in 80 Days absolutely stands the test of time!
Verne gives painstakingly historically and geographically accurate details throughout the novel, which gives the reader the sense that they are making this famous journey around the world within the hours it takes them to read about it.
If you are one for adventure, travel, history, or simply a good read, you will be more than satisfied to procure a copy of Around the World in Eighty Days.