It’s time for the ‘A-Z challenge’- a post every day in April (except Sundays) working up through the alphabet. This year I will be writing about books that I read before I started this blog, that were important to me in some way. The vast majority are ones I still have on my bookshelf today, despite a move in house and sometimes many years since I first read it.
V is for Verne
Book: Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne
What is it about:
Phileas Fogg, and English gentleman, and his Valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days to win a bet. A policeman mistakes him for a criminal and follows him, threatening to delay him too long whenever he catches him. Along the way they get into various escapades in avoiding capture, rescuing a damsel in distress, running out of fuel at sea etc
When I first read this book:
In year 12, we spent a while on Jules Verne in French class. I probably only read sections of it- that we had to translate, but I reckon a page of French counts as a chapter of English right?
Why it is important to me:
We covered a few Jules Verne books that year. I seem to remember watching the Jacki Chan version of Around the World in 80 days, and I won a copy of an old version of Journey to the Centre of the World in a group project competition we entered. It is a good fun story, which was nice in a year where I found something not to like about most of the projects we had to do (that French class brought out my disgruntled teenager side for some reason- I was otherwise a model pupil).
Who should read it:
People who live classics, and adventure stories