Eighty Days

Eighty Days

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-making Race Around the World

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345527288
0345527283
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiii, 449 p.) : ill., maps, ports
Alternative Title: 80 days

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jsturak
Feb 28, 2017

A wonderful book that explains girl power, adventure, and the power of Nellie Bly!

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lilypad_1
Feb 27, 2017

fabulous read! I wanted to be with Nellie so bad, I could almost feel her excitement, fear, hope, and determination every step of the way. I had heard of Nellie Bly but did not know in what context. There is so much about our culture in this book besides the travel- a woman traveling by herself in 1889 is remarkable in so many ways. Her grit and determination to get a job on the newspaper in itself is a monumental achievement. I highly recommend this book to every woman wondering if she should take the next step in her career or whatever her goals are, this will give her the confidence that it is the right thing to do. Also, recommend to anyone who enjoys travel, I am unable to travel so have to do it vicariously and this was very satisfying.

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phfactor
Jan 25, 2016

Excellent little known history of two very adventurous women. Brilliantly written. A great read.

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Liber_vermis
Dec 10, 2014

The author has skillfully interwoven the itineraries of the pair of female travellers and expanded the account by including biographical information, background on railway, steam ship and telegraph technology, and commentary on colonial geography, life and hazards. An annotated global map of the two routes is provided along with segment maps, period photographs, an extensive bibliography and an index.

FederalWayEdna Nov 05, 2014

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.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"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

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

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.

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doeraymee
Jul 02, 2013

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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Liber_vermis
Dec 10, 2014

"...the little flat white town [Aden] in the distance, the turbaned figures in the streets, the sailboats moored on the glassy sea beyond could all be clearly made out through the deepening twilight. ... There was nowhere on earth more distant than this, [Bly] knew, no place that could possibly be less like New York. ... Traveling by locomotive and steamship, she had been brought to the past. ..." [p. 258-9]

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