Friday, August 29, 2014

Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne

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The 1873 novel, Around the World in 80 Days, by French author Jules Verne has been made into a couple of big budget films.  They are quite entertaining, but perhaps eclipse the book.  This is a neat little band box of a book.  It is an entertaining story that would make good vacation reading.  (US Edition)  (UK Edition

It is hard to argue that a book whose title everyone knows is forgotten, but this is a superior work of fiction that still entertains and was famous  long before there were movies.
A US Amazon Reader Reviewer agrees with me! 
"I can't believe that a 130+ year old book translated to English was good enough to keep me up half the night but this brilliant old gem did."
The protagonist (Phileas Fogg) hires a new manservant (Passepartout):
Hearing that Mr. Phileas Fogg was looking for a servant, and that his life was one of unbroken regularity, that he neither travelled nor stayed from home overnight, he felt sure that this would be the place he was after.
 Yes, a rude awakening is coming - as foreshadowed by the title!
"Passepartout!" repeated Mr. Fogg, without raising his voice. 
Passepartout made his appearance. 
"I've called you twice," observed his master.
"But it is not midnight," responded the other, showing his watch. 
"I know it; I don't blame you. We start for Dover and Calais in ten minutes." 
A puzzled grin overspread Passepartout's round face; clearly he had not comprehended his master. 
"Monsieur is going to leave home?" 
"Yes," returned Phileas Fogg. "We are going round the world." 
Passepartout opened wide his eyes, raised his eyebrows, held up his hands, and seemed about to collapse, so overcome was he with stupefied astonishment.
The reviewer is right, this book is a gem and I do not say that lightly.



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Nerve of Foley and Other Railroad Stories - Frank Hamilton Spearman

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I was actually looking for some railroad non-fiction which I read in the 1970's.  It was a collection of short accounts of railroad tragedies and tragedies averted by heroic children who flagged down trains.  That will have to wait for another day.

Today's offering by American writer Frank Hamilton Spearman is fiction, from 1900. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)

The Five-Nine skimmed across the meadows without a break, and pulled up a hundred feet from the burning bridge. It was an old Howe truss, and snapped like popcorn as the flames bit into the rotten shed.

Pat Francis and his brakeman ran forward. Across the river they could see half a dozen section-men chasing wildly about throwing impotent buckets of water on the burning truss.

"We're up against it, Georgie," cried Francis. "Not if we can get across before the bridge tumbles into the river," returned Sinclair.

"You don't mean you'd try it?"

"Would I? Wouldn't I? You know the orders. That bridge is good for an hour yet. Pat, if you're game, I'll run it."

This is a collection of short stories.

The author was a banker, but clearly new his railroads.  If you are looking for something lost to time, look no further than the steam train.

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