Around the World in 80 Days Review

Jules Verne was one of the legendary European authors of the 19th century. His action/adventure novels served as an inspiration for people all around the world and they transcended time. Verne can be described as a futurist or perhaps even a prophet because he predicted future technologies that came into existence well after he wrote about them. Although race is not the central theme of his novels it is a crucial secondary theme that he often makes reference to directly and indirectly. Verne is very much pro-white as typically his main characters are courageous, intelligent, kind and determined white men with a desire to conquer uncharted realms and further humanity in a positive direction. Verne portrays Europeans as an intelligent, adventurous, enlightened and kind-hearted people superior to the more violent, barbarous and incapable people of other races particularly those who still belong to their native cultures not having assimilated into European culture. Verne gives off the impression that this desire to explore the Universe and dig in to every nook and cranny to find what lies in the unknown is a uniquely European characteristic.

In my opinion Verne’s mangum opus is “Around the World in 80 Days.” Verne wrote a plethora of adventure stories I highly recommend, however the non-stop action, drama and character development in “Around the World in 80 Days” is tough to beat. The Phileas Fogg character is certainly his most memorable. Fogg is an educated, esteemed English gentleman who is very punctual and disciplined. He is unfazed by any problems that arise always keeping an even keel temperament even if his world has just been turned upside down. He never panics and always displays the utmost confidence. Phileas Fogg is respected because he is a man of his word who never breaks a promise. And he is very generous with his money, always giving good tips to people who service him along his journey. Fogg is a supreme gentleman who always has good manners and good vocabulary, however he is also not scared of a good old-fashioned physical confrontation and is able to keep his cool in those scenarios without cowering. Phileas Fogg encapsulates the Anglo gentleman at his very best.

Phileas’ love interest Aouda was also a good example of a high class European woman. Despite living in India her whole life, Aouda was of European stock, having fair skin and blue eyes “clear as the sacred lakes of the Himalayas”. Her European beauty is what made her so desirable to the Indian natives and the reason for her being forced to wed a wealthy, elderly, Indian rajah. Aouda was humble, precious, kind-hearted, highly intelligent and the perfect companion for Phileas Fogg. Aouda is even somewhat of a badass in her own right as she defends herself with a revolver when Indians attack their train in America. Jean Passepartout is also a lovable French character that has a wide variety of skills and serves as a comic relief in antithesis to the serious and calculated nature of Phileas Fogg.

Although race is not the central theme of “Around the world in 80 days” or any of Jules Verne’s novels, there are two scenes that would certainly get Verne cancelled for “racism” and “White Supremacy” and blacklisted from the writing community had this novel been written in 2021. Verne lets his Pro-White opinions be known as he portrays Whites arising triumphantly in dust-ups with barbarous, brown, Indian groups. Aouda, the beautiful blue-eyed princess from India in the aforementioned paragraph was sentenced to death after the rajah she was preparing to marry died. She was going to be killed in a barbaric Hindu ritual called Suttee and forced into a flaming pyre surrounded by a bunch of brown men wearing bizarre clothing and whooping bizarre war cries. Phileas Fogg and crew came to the rescue to save Aouda and bring her back to the bosom of her own people. Fogg put everything on the line to save Aouda including his $20,000 wager to get around the world in 80 days as well as his life but he went through with it anyways because he saw the beauty of Aouda and did not want her to endure the savage ritual about to take place. Though Fogg made the decision to save Aouda, it was the quick thinking of Passepartout that saved Aouda from the clutches of death. Another racialized scene occurred when Fogg and company reached a train and encountered a violent band of Sioux Indians in Nebraska. Just before the violent dust-up with the Native Americans ensued, Phileas Fogg was preparing to have a good old-fashioned gentleman’s duel with Colonel Stamp Proctor, a man who insulted and picked a fight with Mr. Fogg. However the Sioux Indians attacked the train they were on just before the duel commenced and Fogg and Proctor found themselves fighting shoulder to shoulder on the same team in a miniature race war. The Indians pillaged the train like enraged monkeys initiating gun battles and hand to hand combat with the passengers of the train who were mostly White. The bravery and heroism of the passengers won out as they maintained their composure and beat back the Indians just enough until the train reached the next station and the military soldiers stationed there took care of the rascally Natives. Phileas Fogg, Jean Passepartout and Aouda all showed incredible composure and heroism in this scene. It says a lot about an author in how they detail certain conflicts and who is triumphant in those conflicts and Around the World is undoubtedly Pro-White literature.

Grade: A

Both the movie and the book are highly entertaining. Non-stop action, interesting characters and storylines and it is a good, short read that doesn’t drag on for too long. The movie can be a bit confusing if you have not read the book because it relies on quickly explaining things that need more development so I would recommend reading the book before you watch the movie. However, the movie holds up surprisingly well considering it was made in 1956. Also the 1956 movie does not whitewash some of the more racialized scenes of the novel. I am sure the 2004 movie remake does remove the more Pro-White themes of the Jules Verne book. However it is a superb, family-friendly novel that I recommend to anyone. The different terrains, landscapes and modes of transportation used are really interesting and informative.

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