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Around the World in Ten Days   By: (1876-)

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Around the World in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser takes readers on an intriguing journey across different continents and cultures, all in a span of just ten days. Fraser’s travelogue captures the essence of exploration and adventure, while also delving into personal growth and self-discovery.

The book seamlessly combines captivating storytelling with vivid descriptions, ensuring that readers can easily visualize the various destinations and experiences. Each chapter offers unique insights into different countries, their traditions, local cuisines, and historical landmarks. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of India, Fraser expertly captures the essence of each location.

One of the book’s strengths lies in its ability to provide a balance between informative content and personal anecdotes. Fraser’s narrative voice is sincere and relatable, which allows readers to connect with her experiences on a deeper level. Throughout her journey, she encounters thought-provoking encounters with locals, highlighting the importance of cultural understanding and empathy in a globalized world.

Furthermore, Fraser’s introspective reflections throughout the book add depth to the narrative. She not only shares her observations and interactions but also explores her own emotions and growth throughout the trip. This personal touch allows readers to empathize with her, making the reading experience all the more enriching.

Another commendable aspect of Fraser’s writing is her ability to seamlessly blend travel with personal development. As the book progresses, it becomes evident that her journey is not merely about hopping from one tourist attraction to another. Instead, the author uses her experiences to explore her own identity and broaden her worldview. This theme of self-discovery adds a layer of depth and introspection to the narrative, making it a compelling read for introspective readers.

However, there are a few instances where the pacing feels rushed due to the ambitious timeline of the trip. Some destinations receive less attention than others, leaving readers wanting more detailed descriptions. Additionally, a few transitions between chapters feel abrupt, as the author jumps from one location to another within a single paragraph. Although this aligns with the book's premise of traveling around the world in a short time, it can occasionally feel disorienting.

In conclusion, Around the World in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser is an engaging and thought-provoking travelogue that successfully captures the spirit of exploration and personal growth. Fraser’s writing provides readers with a detailed glimpse into different cultures, while also offering introspective reflections on her own journey. Despite a few minor pacing issues, the book is an enjoyable and inspiring read for armchair travelers and wanderlust-filled souls alike.

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E text prepared by Al Haines




Author of "Work a Day Heroes," "Secrets of the Earth," "Boys' Book of Battles," "Boys' Book of Sea Fights," "The Young Citizens Own Book," etc.

The World Publishing Company Cleveland, Ohio New York City

Copyright, MCMXXII, By The World Syndicate Publishing Company Printed in the United States of America


In the infancy of aviation, the early 1920's, no one dreamed that the close of the decade would see it firmly and permanently established a leader among the nation's industries. Heavier than air flight is perhaps the most amazing contribution of the 20th century.

It is easy to thrill to the seeming marvels of our own times, but only the short sighted thinker believes in the perfection of present scientific progress. The 300 mile an hour airplane which Fraser conceived in this book for the speed of the Sky Bird II was little more than so many words when he wrote it. . . . today we have 400 mile an hour fighting planes. Today we have in this country an intricate highway system, but perhaps within your own lifetime our highways, and the automobiles which skim over them, will be laughed at as obsolete and useless.

Thus it is that "the seemingly impossible of the fiction of today becomes outdone by the facts of tomorrow," as the author aptly phrased it... Continue reading book >>

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