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Eighty Days

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-making Race Around the World
Goodman, Matthew (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Eighty Days
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On November 14, 1889, two young female journalists raced against one another, determined to outdo Jules Verne's fictional hero and circle the globe in less than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued would span 28,000 miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors' lives forever.
Authors: Goodman, Matthew
Title: Eighty days
Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's history-making race around the world
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxiii, 449 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm
Contents: A free American girl
The newspaper gods of Gotham
The secret cupboard
"How quick can a woman go around the world?"
"I think I can beat Phileas Fogg's,record"
Living by railroad time
A map of the world
"Et ego in Arcadia"
An English market town in China
"The guessing match has begun in beautiful earnest"
The other woman is going to win
The Temple of the Dead
The mysterious travel agent
The special train
"From Jersey to Jersey is around the world"
Father Time outdone
Summary: On November 14, 1889, two young female journalists raced against one another, determined to outdo Jules Verne's fictional hero and circle the globe in less than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued would span 28,000 miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors' lives forever.
ISBN: 9780345527264
Branch Call Number: 910.41 GOODMAN
Statement of Responsibility: Matthew Goodman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [381]-423) and index
Subject Headings: Bly, Nellie, 1864-1922 Travel Bisland, Elizabeth, 1861-1929 Travel Women journalists United States Biography Voyages around the world
Topical Term: Women journalists
Voyages around the world
LCCN: 2012046344
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A lot of us have heard of Nellie Bly and some of us knew she was a reporter but what kind of reporter and in what period of American journalism history makes this book unique. After reading it, I realized it's not just about the round the world competition of two women reporters and their newspaper publishers but, how they both reacted to the fame. Does it have to do with their background and upbringing? Can anyone of us predict the decisions we may make? Good reading for those of us who travel a lot and need to be reminded that our culture and lifestyle need not be imposed on another.

I really wanted to like this book. Two boundary-stretching women in a race around the world back in the great days of ocean steamer and train travel. There were some interesting moments - snapshots of the time period - the Suez canal, travel conditions for the rich vs. the poor, a glimpse into Joseph Pulitzer's eccentric mind and so on. But for the most part this book dragged on and on, feeling more and more like watching paint dry. I'm not sure how to paste the stars onto this review, but "2 stars - max".

"Inspired by Jules Verne's fantastic novel Around the World in 80 Days, two rival 19th-century female journalists defied gender stereotypes in a headlong race to complete the fastest trip around the world in 1889. Smartly blending social history and armchair travel, author Matthew Goodman vividly captures the two women's very different personalities against the backdrop of a burgeoning Victorian travel industry that vowed to deliver more of the world, faster, and in more comfort than ever before. For the story of yet another adventuresome, influential, and well-travelled Victorian woman, try Georgina Howell's Daughter of the Desert: The Remarkable Life of Gertrude Bell as a follow-up." Armchair Travel February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/65a45623-29d8-4930-a050-7045f18b95cf?postId=fbfe1dbc-f888-4b7d-a453-8350c366f628

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book explores a subject I knew nothing about when I picked it up, but it's a fascinating one. Two adventuresome, gutsy Victorian ladies set off on an around-the-world race that was documented within their society. The subject is fascinating. The story, which sticks more to facts than fanciful imaginings of the characters involved, reads like a documentary or biography. It isn't dry, per se, but it's a third person narration. That's not to say that Bly and Bisland don't come alive on the page- they do! But it isn't a quick read. I recommend it for lovers of truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories, Victoriana, women (Bly and Bisland are inspiring in their fearlessness and practicality), and history.

Jul 02, 2013
  • doeraymee rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Disappointing. The author stuffs in a lot of facts that are not really relevant to the story. Luckily, after a while you learn to spot them starting and can skip down several paragraphs or a page or two to meet up with the narrative again. The jumping back between Bly's journey and Bisland's journey was a bit jarring too. I think for continuity it might have been better to split this book into two parts: one for Bly's trip and one for Bisland's.


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Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's race around the world

"Goodman conveys the exuberant dynamism of a very unfusty Victorian era obsessed with speed, power, publicity, and the breaking of every barrier," says Publishers Weekly.

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