An abridged version of the famous woman journalist's experiences as she tries to make a trip around the world in less than eighty days in the late nineteenth century.
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Grade 5-10-While a reporter for the New York World, Nellie Bly proposed a trip around the world to beat the record set by fictional character Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. Given the technological and social limitations of the 1880s, this was a bold idea indeed, as explained in Peck's introduction. The bulk of the book is Bly's description of her travels, edited for length and tension. As Peck points out, "Readers...may detect in...comments about the native peoples...a friendly, yet superior, attitude" that was typical of Bly's time and economic class. This condescending attitude shows up several times, including when the reporter described her impressions of populous Hong Kong. "This is a sample of the way in which the Chinese huddle together. They remind me of a crowd of ants on a lump of sugar." But in spite of her outdated attitudes, Bly's pieces offer interesting, humorous descriptions of other lands and customs, as well as of her traveling companions and arrangements. Her words, though written over 100 years ago, are accessible and entertaining. Black-and-white photos and reproductions highlight the text, but there is no map, a serious shortcoming in a book about world travel.
Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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Book Description 21st Century, 1998. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110761309713
Book Description 21st Century. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0761309713 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1253523