Javier Parada Parada desde Kamyshevo, Novosibirskaya oblast', Rusia, 632167
The book is positively amazing. I have always liked Jules Verne's style of writing - simple, yet sophisticated, with an almost undetectable layer of humour beneath the surface. This book is a whole adventure. It is adventurous in a way quite unlike the film (the two have almost nothing in common). The book's two primary characters are in complete contrast with each other (which doesn't hinder them from working together) - the cold, seemingly impassible Englishman and his passionate, emotional French servant. Both quite accurate stereotypes for their day. I was fascinated by the book's worldly character - I must confess that as I was reading it I kept open Google Maps and followed this journey "around the world in eighty days". The only regret I have regarding this book is that the journey ended too swiftly. Even if the book had 1000 pages I would have read it with the same vigour as I did now.