Around the World in Eighty Days was a pleasant surprise to me. I loved every page mostly because of the interesting problems and adventures that they contained. Phileas Fogg on a whim and bet decides to prove a newspaper’s claim that one could traverse the globe in eighty days. He bet half his fortune to the amount of twenty thousand pounds that he could complete this journey which, in his opinion, included time for unforeseen delays. These unforeseen delays cover the book and the interesting and original nature of them make it such a fun read. The solutions to the problems Mr. Fogg faced were also interesting. When the train track suddenly ended he rode an elephant instead which he purchased for that purpose. The book is also full of little tidbits about geography and history so the book educates as well as entertains. Overall it was a fascinating and intellectual read that someone of any age could enjoy. I recommended ages fourteen and up for those reading to themselves but I think even a younger person would enjoy this book if it was read to them.
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