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Around the World in Eighty Days [Paperback]

Jules Verne , George Makepeace Towle
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1 Nov 2008
First serialized in a French newspaper in 1872, this is perhaps the most beloved and the most enduring of Jules Verne’s novels of imaginative escapades. When Englishman Phileas Fogg takes on a bet of £20,000 from his gentlemen’s club that he cannot circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or less—an unheard-of feat in the Victorian world—he sets off, with his manservant Passepartout at his side, on an series of exotic exploits and comic misadventures (Fogg is mistaken for a thief on the run by a pursuing Scotland Yard detective). An inspiration to generations of writers and readers, Verne’s fiction remains compelling and thoroughly enjoyable today. French author JULES GABRIEL VERNE (1828–1905) is considered the father of modern science fiction. Among his many groundbreaking books are Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics; Reprint edition (1 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605203521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605203522
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the eldest of five children
of a prosperous family claiming French, Breton, and Scottish
ancestry. His early years were happy apart from an unfulfilled
passion for his cousin Caroline. Literature always attracted him
and while taking a law degree in Paris he wrote a number of plays.
His first book, about a journey to Scotland, was not published
during his lifetime. However, in 1862, Five Weeks in a Balloon was
accepted by the publisher Hetzel, becoming an immediate success.
It was followed by Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty
Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days,
and sixty other novels, covering the whole world (and below
and beyond). Verne himself travelled over three continents, before
suddenly selling his yacht in 1886. Eight of the books appeared after
his death in 1905--although they were in fact written partly by his
son, Michel.

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'A classy new edition of a story with enduring appeal. Made me want to go round the world again.' --Michael Palin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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First serialized in a French newspaper in 1872, this is perhaps the most beloved and the most enduring of Jules Verne's novels of imaginative escapades. When Englishman Phileas Fogg takes on a bet of £20,000 from his gentlemen's club that he cannot circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or less--an unheard-of feat in the Victorian world--he sets off, with his manservant Passepartout at his side, on an series of exotic exploits and comic misadventures (Fogg is mistaken for a thief on the run by a pursuing Scotland Yard detective). An inspiration to generations of writers and readers, Verne's fiction remains compelling and thoroughly enjoyable today. French author JULES GABRIEL VERNE (1828-1905) is considered the father of modern science fiction. Among his many groundbreaking books are Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

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In the year 1872, the house at number 7 Savile Row,1 Burlington Gardens - the house in which Sheridan2 died in 1814 - was lived in by Phileas Fogg, Esq., one of the oddest and most striking members of the Reform Club,1 even though he seemed determined to avoid doing anything that might draw attention to himself. Read the first page
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel has never been this easy. 4 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
I really think this classic tale of travel and adventure is indispensable for any decent book collection. In comparison with the dated and crusty translations used in most modern reprints, this new edition contains clarity of expression and lively prose that kept me engrossed in Phileas Fogg's incredible odyssey around the globe. By reading Around the World in Eighty Days it is possible to recapture that lost sense of travel, characterised by crossing frontiers, improvisation and self-control whatever the circumstances. Armchair travelling it may be, but it is still much more pleasurable than the bland consumption of foreign cultures that most tourists are fed! Simply a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not enthralling 30 Nov 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
For some reason, I always envisioned a hot air balloon when I thought of Around the World in Eighty Days; in point of fact, a hot air balloon is about the only means of transportation not employed by Phileas Fogg in his circumnavigational sojourn (though it is given a fleeting thought by the hero at one point). Fogg is an interesting character, a man who takes punctuality to an unheard of degree. Basically, his whist partners at the Reform Club tell him there is no way to go around the globe in just 80 days, notwithstanding the fact that a detailed itinerary involving specific boats and trains promises to make it possible. Fogg immediately bets half his fortune that he can do it, setting out on his journey that very night. Passepartout, his newly hired manservant, finds himself dragged along on this historic journey. It so happens that someone matching a description of Fogg has just robbed the Bank of England of 55,000 pounds, and a detective named Fix "discovers" his robber when Fogg arrives in Suez. He wires England with the news and asks for an arrest warrant to be issued; before it arrives, Fogg is off again. Fix finds himself joining in on Fogg's epic journey, waiting for the warrant to reach him on his way, then waiting to arrest Fogg when he steps back on English soil. The travelers face many perils and stumbling blocks along their way, many brought about by Passeportout's naivete and later on by his selfless act of heroism. At every turn, Fogg finds himself in need of alternate transportation methods; he employs, among other vehicles, an elephant, a bridge-jumping train, and a wind-propelled sled. A series of uncommon adventures unfold, involving damsels in distress, Indian attacks, matters of honor, etc. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic for all ages 3 Jun 2012
By john
Format:Paperback
I've been looking forward to reading this book for a while and at last got around to it. all i can say is my god what a story! from the very start of the novel the authors wonderful writing style has you immediately intrigued by the story and the curious Mr Phileas Fogg who is introduced as the most laconic and orderly man imaginable. his routine is meticulous with a strict timetable for each day which he keeps to on the dot, he never leaves London and lives the most quite and uneventful life imaginable spending each day at the Reform club where he reads the daily paper or plays a game of cards. Passepartout, his new servant, is looking for just such a calm life but he is to be disappointed for on the day he is employed he Master returns from the club telling him to pack at once for a trip around the world.

at the club that day Fogg had bet half his fortune that he could travel around the world in an easterly direction in 80 days. in a race to save face and fortune what follows next is an amazing adventure that will have you gripped all the way through. a classic that should be read by all ages, by the end of it all that may be said is 'those Frenches sure know how to tell a story!'
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel * read the summary! 4 Dec 2000
Format:Hardcover
Phileas Fogg was an English gentleman, phlegmatic and obsessed with exact time. He had no wife, children, relatives or close friends. He was quite rich and lived alone with one manservant, a Frenchman named Jean Passepartout, but he spent most of this time at the Reform Club in London's Pall Mall, where he had his lunch and dinner, read his newspaper and played cards.
One day, during a discussion about a bank robbery, he bet 20,000 pounds that he could travel around the world in 80 days or less. So, accompanied by Passepartout and carrying just a small overnight bag and a very big amount of money, he starts from London for his extraordinary voyage...The ending of the book is very unexpected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travelling has never been so comfortable 5 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
I really think this classic tale of travel and adventure is indispensable for any decent book collection. In comparison with the dated and crusty translations used in most modern reprints, this new edition contains clarity of expression and lively prose that kept me engrossed in Phileas Fogg’s incredible odyssey around the globe. By reading Around the World in Eighty Days it is possible to recapture that lost sense of travel, characterised by crossing frontiers, improvisation and self-control whatever the circumstances. Armchair travelling it may be, but it is still much more pleasurable than the bland consumption of foreign cultures that most tourists are fed! Simply a great read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slight but amusing 27 Jun 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Jules Verne's tale of an English gentleman's bet that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days is a light and readable adventure. Strangely the weakest sections seem to be the actual travelogue descriptions of foreign lands, which tend to be rather dry and uninvolving, and the hero Phileas Fogg manages to solve most of the problems that come his way simply by throwing vast amounts of money at them. What makes the book more enjoyable is the relationship between the archly reserved Englishman Fogg, and his passionate French manservant Passepartout, and Verne keeps a strong vein of humour running throughout the book. I can't in all honesty say this novel has stood the test of time as a brilliant piece of literature, but as a fun little tongue-in-cheek adventure this is still an enjoyable read.
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good hardcover invites to good reading, my son loves it. could have some more illustrations but still ok. jules verne is always a classic
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Jules Verne evokes some brilliant characters - suave, sophisticated Phileas Fogg, the effervescently entertaining Passepartout and the doggedly determined Detective Fix. Read more
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A very good read and Ideal for teaching English as a foreign language. A very good read and Ideal for teaching English as a foreign language
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