PBS has been showing an eight-part “adaptation” of Jules Verne’s acclaimed novel Around the World in Eighty Days. I put the word adaptation in quotations because two significant changes were made to the original. The characters of Fix and Passepartout are completely different and seemed to be a nod to political correctness rather than adhering to Verne’s intentions, with Fix being a female journalist and Passepartout being black.
- 1889: Nellie Bly did the journey in 72 days and met Verne in Amiens at its completion;
- 1903: James Willis Sayre’s journey lasted 54 days
- 1908: Harry Bensley attempted the journey on foot, but it took so long, he had to abandon the trip in 1914 at the commencement of WWI.
- 1928: A Danish Boy Scout traveled by train and ship, but did not go via India, and his journey lasted 44 days.