Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

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Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Postby TomCotton » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:42 pm

Having recently realized that I have neither had the pleasure of reading Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne nor have ever viewed any film of said tome in its entirety , a reading was decided upon in order to get a true understanding of the story as written by the author. In pursuit of that goal a volume was discovered in a local used book store and purchased for the stated purpose.

Preliminary indications are that as usual the film makers have made a mockery of the story in order to appeal to the movie going public. When will they ever realize that the original story in its original form is what has attracted countless millions to enjoy the book? It is beyond my humble comprehension.

The book, so far as I have read, is thouroughly entertaining and is highly recommended to others looking for a good story. I find it quite amusing that the detective who is trying to arrest Mr. Fogg is given the name of Fix and the central point of the plot is a wager between Mr. Fogg and other members of the Refom Club in London, England. Congruent to the wager between friends are the numerous wagers placed by the general public on the outcome of the adventure, the odds being heavily against Mr. Fogg in completing the journey in the agreed up time limit.
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Re: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Postby lotrfotrttrotk » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:54 pm

I haven't seen any versions of the movie, but the book is in that 100-ish book pile I have called "to read". I'll get to it...eventually. :/
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Re: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Postby Shuggy » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:50 pm

TomCotton wrote:Having recently realized that I have neither had the pleasure of reading Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne nor have ever viewed any film of said tome in its entirety <snip> :P



Nope; I haven't either, but my Mum and Dad used to have a lighter and cigarette holder shaped like globes that were also music boxes - when you wound them up they tinkled the tune 'Around the World in 80 Days', and rotated on their (heavy) bases.

The smaller of the two (the cigarette lighter) actually 'revolved' in an eliptical orbit, and looked like it was always on the verge of falling off the base - it hypnotised me as a small child!

For the lighter, the top half of the globe flipped up (like a zippo lid) and the circular lighter sat inside; for the cigarette holder, the top half pulled up on a telescoping rod, and the cigarettes all sat inside in individual holes.

In the 70's it was a classy and desirable item!

Anyway; I doubt I'll be aquainting myself with either novel or film any time soon.
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Re: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Postby Azriel » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:12 pm

I enjoyed the book when I read it but to be honest I remember being kinda disappointed that it wasn't nearly as exciting as the movie. I don't mean that joke of an adaptation with Jackie Chan - I haven't seen that one but the previews make it abundantly clear that it's NOT Around the World in 80 Days.

The original movie with David Niven is SO good. It's a real adventure movie and includes so many different countries and scenery. For its time it was really groundbreaking. It also included appearances by tons of famous actors including Frank Sinatra, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Red Skelton, and Buster Keaton.

Here's the old trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEqkeNTLrcM

(I've visited that giant buddha they show there, it's in Kamakura, Japan. I've been inside it, hehe.)
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