Around the World in 80 Days

You’ll have to excuse me if I’m not as hilarious as usual, but my back is acting up again, so my options are either be so drugged I can’t function, but it doesn’t hurt, or try to endure and be miserable. I’m currently miserable.

For some time I’ve had this notion that, for some reason, I should read the “classics”. I know the designation “classic” is really arbitrary, and I’ve been burned by it before (damn you, Madame Bovary!). I guess I just want to know what the big deal is all about. You know I peruse the clearance racks at Half Price Books religiously, so when I spotted “Around the World in 80 Days” for a dollar, it joined my stack of reading material.

I have always loved the movies made from Jules Vern books. Mysterious Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Journey to the Center of the Earth from the 60’s, are all awesome, and have some of the best claymation that exists, thanks to Ray Harryhausen.

Here’s where being observant would come in useful. The book I found was a kids version. Not only did it have bad illustrations every other page, and giant text, it was rewritten! Everything was completely oversimplified, and I would have found it insulting as a child. They also seemed to take out anything interesting. I’m tempted to find a normal copy to read, just to find out how terrible this version was.

Well anyway, don’t read the one I did, and I have no idea how good or bad the real book is. I’m mostly completing this book review to keep a count of how many books I’ve read this year, and because you people seem to love it when I make an idiot of myself. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go set the kitchen on fire so I get more blog hits. Happy weekend!

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February 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Book Reviews.

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