The French author Jules Verne first published the book in 1873 and is known for his futuristic and science-fiction thinking. I thought the book was truly exciting, and Verne implements cliffhangers very will in his writing.

The plot is fairly straightforward: Philias Fogg from London sets a bet with his friends that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, and wagers £20 000 (worth approximately £2 million in today’s money).

Even though Verne is characterized as someone who writes a lot of science-fiction, there are no traces of such themes in the novel. Instead, I noticed a lot of details were related to law. For example, as the Detective Fix tries to complete his arrest warrant – issued by the state, it authorizes the arrest of a certain individual or the seizure of a property. Or, how Philias Fogg continuously conducted oral and written contracts to complete his journey on time.

Another interesting feature of the novel is the extent of the British colonization. Because during the time of publication, the British Empire ruled over much of the world. This is also depicted in the novel, such as the travels through India and the visit to Hong Kong.

Here is a map of the journey (planned journey).

A good read if you feel like reading a truly classic adventure novel.

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