Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This read was again just as enjoyable as the first. :)
Update! 20,000 Pounds back then, adjusted by inflation and converted to today's American Dollar, would come out to be $16,593,290.
Isn't that FASCINATING? To think, to take trains, boats, or an elephant, would STILL cost 16 million dollars today.
Oh. Wait. It probably does.
The original steampunk adventure! Written while it was still called modern!
Seriously, though... Jules Verne knows how to write a fast-paced adventure with French tomfoolery and English sprats. They're buckling down to show other multi-millionaires (price adjusted) what a *real* wager is, using nothing more than a very keen mind and a talent for reading multiple departures in the paper. (You had to be there. And you also have to enjoy a period piece, too!)
But that's not all, folks! The Indian Princess gets saved by the Bully Englishman! Awwww... I've almost got a picture in my head of Tarzan swinging Jane through the jungle. :)
It really is a fun novel, all told. Light fun, adventure, theft, mistaken identity, and even a moral to tuck in the end of the story to send us off to dreamland. Awww.
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