Book 62 is Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.
This is the 11th book Verne wrote in the Extraordinary Voyages series and one that I am shocked to not have read yet, considering I know the story so well.
What surprised me about the story is that there is no hot air balloon travel at all. Not a single mention of it.
Phileas Fogg is one of the least penetrable yet most interesting central characters I've ever read. He is the central pivot point in the story with the world made up of interesting characters, situations and exceptions rotating around him. I would never have seen that in a movie version.
The twists and solutions are intelligent although sometimes contrived but it all fits together perfectly.
You must remember that time this was written to not cringe at the cultural insensitivity and sexism.
I must read the rest of the series now. And no, order does not seem to matter.
4 idiot travel buddies out of 5.
Should I read this? Yes. Read it to your kids or to yourself. You'll enjoy it.
What did I learn? I want to travel around the world in 80 days now but only five star.
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