Eighty Days

Eighty Days

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Documents the 1889 competition between feminist journalist Nellie Bly and "Cosmopolitan" reporter Elizabeth Bishop to beat Jules Verne's record and each other in a round-the-globe race.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House, p2013
ISBN: 9780385359726
0385359721
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (18 hrs., 57 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Mazur, Kathe

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swyckl
Dec 13, 2018

I liked this book. Goodman deftly re-creates the frenzy surrounding Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's infamous race around the world in 1889. While the adventures of Bly, intrepid reporter for Joseph Pulitzer's The World, have survived and been embellished over the last century, genteel literary critic Bisland's story has sadly fallen by the wayside. Goodman corrects that historical omission by interweaving both their journeys as the two women set out in opposite directions, equally committed to the idea of achieving the record for the fastest trip around the world. Inspired by Jules Verne's fantastical Around the World in 80 Days, Bly confidently expected to top the fictional feat of Phileas Fogg. Determined not to be outdone by Pulitzer, Cosmopolitan magazine commissioned Bisland, who set out one day later, to race against both Bly and time in an effort to cross the figurative finish line first. As a riveted world watched, these two women galloped around the globe via fortitude and an array of both modern and old-style transportation. Urge armchair travelers to hop on board as Nellie and Liz strike a blow for both feminism and the burgeoning Victorian travel industry.

kingstrang Mar 15, 2013

Terrifically readable. Takes you to a New York long gone and then around the world, all with two remarkable women as fascinating traveling partners

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