Author’s name: Jules Verne
The Books and the Memories:
Who can forget Jules Verne, the man who told us we can travel around the world in eighty days before all the technical advancements came? He practically needs no introduction, and his books are, by default, the preliminary / primary school reading copies available in school libraries.
My first tangible memory of reading a Verne book was when I won it as a prize in a competition organised by my school. It was a huge deal back then, winning a prize with a small ‘certificate of appreciation’ tacked on to the inner flap of the front cover. I began reading it with all the excitement of a teen and naturally was drawn into the story.
Jules Verne taught me the possibility of the world being so big, he taught me the time zones, and with that book I learnt how a mere technicality can change the fate of things even at the last minute and how losing hope was never an option. This book brings fond memories of the time when two people had to share a book (a very alien concept for kids of today) and I and my neighbour read it with our heads knocked together, the picture of concentration.
Amidst the fights that ensued, for turning the pages too slow or too fast, we both enjoyed the story and held heated discussions with firm and unswaying opinions. The memories are still fresh, the story stays in the memory too, if not verbatim at least in concept.
Around the World in Eighty Days is a personal favourite. There are too many fond memories associated with this book that makes it very special. This is one of the ‘early days’ books of my journey as a bookworm and therefore has special status. Some books are made more special because of the memories more than the story, this book falls in that category.
Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist, poet and playwright. He has written many popular books including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days. He is considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe. He has also held the distinction of being the second most translated author in the world since 1979.