Jules Verne's career as a novelist began in 1863, when he struck a new vein in fiction - stories that combined popular science and exploration. In "Around the World in Eighty Days", Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions GBP20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days - and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well ...Read MoreJules Verne's career as a novelist began in 1863, when he struck a new vein in fiction - stories that combined popular science and exploration. In "Around the World in Eighty Days", Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions GBP20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days - and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, the reserved Englishman immediately sets off for Dover, accompanied by his hot-blooded French manservant, Passepartout. Traveling by train, steamship, sailboat, sledge, and even elephant, they must overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks, and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard to win the extraordinary wager. Combining exploration, adventure, and a thrilling race against time, "Around the World in Eighty Days" gripped audiences upon its publication and remains hugely popular to this day.Read Less
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Around the World in Eighty Days is my favorite novel. Ever. Jules Verne has written some ripping good yarns, but this one is the top. A rather foolish wager sets up the action, putting Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg in motion to prove that man can circle the globe in a mere eighty days. And he's off, by train, balloon or whatever conveyance comes to hand, with only his valet Passepartout for company. The contrast between the reserved Englishman and the emotional Frenchman gives the reader a stereo view of every locale from Europe to India across the seas and back to London. Add an exotic Eastern princess and the whole thing would make a dandy animated feature film. Are you listening, Disney? The book does flag a bit during the trek across America, but it finishes with a smart twist. All in all, Around the World is well worth the trip.
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