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Why did these three people agree to embark on such difficult odysseys, sacrificing their time, health and possibly even their lives? Slocum's survival, on the other hand, is very much up in the air, and though there are no cheering crowds to greet his arrival in a new body of water and no news crews to record his every word, the drama is thick as he struggles to stay alive, battling the ghosts of his life at the same time as he struggles with the angry waves that threaten to destroy him. Tormented by the memory of his late wife, and bothered by thoughts of the wife he left behind to go on this journey, Captain Slocum sets off across a waterworld that holds many dangers, even for the experienced seaman. The second person is named Nellie Bly who was determined to travel the world by train and ship in 72 days in meaning of beating the record of 74 days made by Phileas Fogg.

It sparked a worldwide fascination with the idea of circumnavigating the globe and inspired a number of intrepid individuals to take on the task. A few kids might like it, my 9 year old Harry, for sure, who is contemplative and reflective… and you know, we get 100 library books a week at least in this house, most of them for kids, of course, and they are still being read with or to kids, so I guess publishers figure a work like Phelan's is essentially "all ages," and will be read and appreciated and picked up by parents to read WITH kids.Being an illustrator is in many ways like being an actor, director, cinematographer, costumer, and set designer rolled into one. Nellie Bly was just such a woman, and did not hesitate to embark on the ambitious quest to best Phileas Fogg's mark of eighty days to circumnavigate the globe. Around the World in Eighty Days, travel adventure novel by French author Jules Verne, published serially in 1872 in Le Temps and in book form in 1873. Sending dispatches back during her long steamer and train journey—during which she briefly meets Verne in France—Bly's ticking clock adds an element of suspense.

As I've said before, for Phelan (or his publishers) to market this for kids narrows its possibilities, maybe. With uncommon perception and a flair for visual drama, Phelan tracks three intrepid souls' solo journeys around the world. Tagore published his novel in 1916, three years after he unexpectedly became the first Asian winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The washed-out tones of the artwork lend the book an old-timey feel as well, as if we're actually looking at photographs of the era, and the panel layout is easy to follow. Desperate to keep Fogg in Hong Kong until the warrant arrives, Fix tells Passepartout why he is following Fogg and offers to pay him to help delay Fogg’s departure.And it's actually a very entertaining and informative book, telling three different stories about three different individuals who undertook the journey in their own ways. Battling the elements, people who didn't wish to see her succeed, unexpected competition for the record and the demanding nature of her self-imposed time constraint, Nellie fought to show that there truly was nothing she couldn't do if she put her mind to it, and challenged all of us to see ourselves in the same way. All three stories are entertaining and educational, more so because each one ends in an epilogue that tells what happened to each figure after their story is done. There are a few scrapes along the way which add to the sense of adventure and supply a tiny bit of tension to what is, mostly, a light-hearted and witty novel.

World in 80 Days (1956), starred David Niven, Cantinflas, and Shirley MacLaine and won the Academy Award for best picture. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.This is no round-up of the usual classics, like Harold Bloom’s hieratic inventory of The Western Canon. Since she is drugged with opium and hashish and is not going voluntarily, the travellers decide to rescue her. And what if that person just happened to be a woman, one willing to go without sleep and reside in uncomfortable, tightly cramped quarters for more than two months if it meant latching on to a news story that had the potential to go worldwide?

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