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Around the World

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Around the World, at its core, is about digging deeper into these stories to find out the "whys" that accompany them; and, in so doing, to encourage us to ask ourselves what might make us risk it all to achieve something of lasting importance.

Bashō was an inveterate traveler; as he says in The Narrow Road to the Deep North: “The gods seem to have possessed my soul and turned it inside out, and roadside images seemed to invite me from every corner, so that it was impossible for me to stay idle at home. by David Damrosch When Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg circled the world in 1872, he traveled by train, steamship, and elephant; but though international travel is often disrupted today, we can still travel the world through books.The companions arrive at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland, take the train to Dublin and then a ferry to Liverpool, still in time to reach London before the deadline. Its superficiality is joyful in a way that I didn’t expect and I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with Fogg and his companions around the world. It's incredible that he could circumnavigate the world on one of those early bikes, especially considering the condition of roads back then.

I don't like 'scribbly' art, and though this is sometimes like that, to the point that occasionally I had trouble making out some of the details, I found the book beautifully illustrated and designed. Fix promises Passepartout that now, having left British soil, he will no longer try to delay Fogg's journey but instead support him in getting back to Britain, where he can arrest him. As with Storm in the Barn and his most recent Bluffton, the overwhelming feeling in his work is nostalgia, for youth, for the past, always evoked in feathery pencil sketches and lovely, sentimental watercolors. It was during the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) in which Verne was conscripted as a coastguard; he was having financial difficulties (his previous works were not paid royalties); his father had died recently; and he had witnessed a public execution, which had disturbed him. Titled Around the World in 18 days, the serial told the story of Fogg's descendant, Phileas Fogg III, and his attempt to recreate his grandfather's journey.For all three poets, Shiraz was a paradise on earth, where they created a garden of poetry amid the desert of mortal life. The novel was adapted twice by Orson Welles for his Mercury Theatre broadcasts, 23 October 1938 (60 minutes) and 7 June 1946 (30 minutes). I really liked the translation I read but I don’t know how it differs to the Project Gutenberg version.

He shows himself to Passepartout, who is delighted to again meet his friend from the earlier voyage. While it is easy to dismiss Nellie as a publicity seeker, she clearly was driven to shine the light of journalism on many unfortunate corners of the human community. Fogg finds an empty trading ship whose captain is willing to carry the group of four to Bordeaux, France.

Phelan tells three stories of people who did that, one on a bike, Thomas Stevens, and two via boats (and some other vehicles), Nellie Bly and Joshua Slocum. The Nouvelles Annales were written by Conrad Malte-Brun (1775–1826) and his son Victor Adolphe Malte-Brun (1816–1889). I was so privileged to receive a reading copy of Around the World in 80 Trees from Laurence King Publishing, and it even came with a beautiful poster. One of my all time favourite reads; about as comforting as a book can get when you are travveling or its raining cats and dogs outside. But, if you think you know the story of Nellie Bly circling the world, for example, this dramatic version centers on moments you may have overlooked.

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