“Mr. Fogg played, not to win, but for the sake of playing.”
“Why, you are a man of heart!”
“Sometimes,” replied Phileas Fogg, quietly. “When I have the time.”
–Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days
One of my recent reads was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. I’m not sure how I made it out of elementary or middle school without reading this book, but somehow I had. I much would have rather have read this instead of Great Expectations, but the education system did not ask for my input.
I struggled initially to get into this book. It wasn’t a bad book, just not grabbing my attention. Then again, I’m a 30+ year old read it and not a pre-teen. The book started gaining momentum about half way through the book, but by three-fourths of the way through, I was hooked. I was bound and determined to finish the book, so I was grateful and relieved when I was finally hooked. Thus, it was a good book for me, just a slow build.
Phileas Fogg doesn’t believe in chance. He truly believes he can account for everything. He wagers he can go around the world in 80 days. He sets off on his way, methodically keeping track of time and events. While he is the main character of the story, the heros in my opinion are the two who save Fogg from himself. You cannot help but love Fogg for his quirks and his servant Passepartout for the events that occur to him.