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Around the World in 80 Days (Illustrated with Original Commentary)

Around the World in 80 Days (Illustrated with Original Commentary) [Kindle Edition]

Jules Verne , Charles River Editors
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Jules Verne (1828-1905) is one of the most recognizable names in Western literature, coming to be known as one of the Fathers of Science-Fiction. Although he studied to be a lawyer and held stock trading jobs, he quickly learned that he had a knack for weaving adventurous stories of travels and expeditions. It didn’t hurt that one of his teachers may have been inventor Brutus de Villeroi, who created the first submarine for the U.S. Navy. Verne wrote about air travel and space travel 50 years before either was possible.

One of his most famous works is Around the World in 80 Days, a classic adventure novel published in 1873. The star of the book, Phileas Fogg, heads out on an expedition with his valet Passepartout in an attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days, based on a large wager made by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works, and Around the World in 80 Days continues to be a widely read and globally popular classic.

This edition is specially formatted, including over 40 images and a linked Table of Contents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054ZEEGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Right Stuff, 19th Century Style 3 Sep 2002
By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:School & Library Binding
I decided to read "Around the World in Eighty Days" after encountering an essay about Jules Verne's deep interest and belief in science as an almost God-like vehicle to carry mankind into a brave new world. I then decided to see how this work fit into this theme of Verne's world view. I found a story which, to the reader of Verne's day, may have seemed as inspiring as the tales of astronauts to contemporary readers.
Without giving too much away, "Around the World" is an improbable tale of Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman who carries his regularity to the extreme of eccentricity. After engaging a new servant, the Frenchman, Passepartout, Fogg engages his fellows at the Reform Club in a discussion over the possibility of the completion of an around the world journey. Immediately, Fogg engages in a bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in an eighty day period. Collecting Passepartout, they set off that very night on a journey which will take them, truly, around the world.
Verne's writing was driven, in large degree, by a desire to promote the public acceptance and advancement of science among the French people. In his journey of 1874, Fogg employs many types of conveyance, from the most primitive to the most technologically advanced of the day. Verne uses this novel to contrast the industrial might of the United States with the traditional cultural mores of India.
We can only try to imagine how this novel would have affected the reader of 1874. To a modern reader, the book is a light, fast moving novel with a stimulating thread of suspense and just a touch of romance. What little character development takes place is dwarfed by the demonstration of technological wonder which is depicted throughout the journey. We do, however, come to know a little about the main characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's great 16 Mar 2008
This book is part of the Parragon Children's Classics set with books like Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. These books are all very old but still very pleasurable for all and I really enjoyed reading them. Each book is special in its own way; whichever way they are special, they are all well-loved and well-known.
In the first paragraph of this book, there is a description of both of the main characters - Passepartout and Phileas Fogg. It also contains the first event - when the two meet for the very first time; Passepartout works as the servant of Phileas Fogg, who is a very rich man.
I would rate this brilliant book 9/ 10 and would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are aged between 9 - 12, who like adventure and thrills!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't buy this edition 1 Jan 2010
This is a lazy attempt to make money out if other people's work. The book appears to have been published without the services of a proofreader. The sentence on the back cover, "Publishers of historical writings from a passed age, which are still as much value today as they were in antiquity," does not make sense. Inside they claim to take the "uppermost" care to faithfully reproduce the original book, but then immediately admit that they can't be sure that there are no mistakes because they have only scanned it. The information about the book and the author are quotes from Wikipedia, of all places. The whole thing just feels thrown together with the least possible effort. Please buy a book that was actually made with some care and respect for the original and its author!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really poor edition 29 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a really poor edition of the book. It starts badly when the blurb on the back isn't even from Around the World in Eighty Days! It doesn't get much better inside either - unappealing font, no contents page etc. All in all I wouldn't waste your money on this very poor version of the text. The worst purchase ever made from Amazon - by far!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Around the World in 80 Days 31 Mar 2000
By Terrance - Published on
This book was interesting and I couldn't put it down. Of course, this was written by Jules Verne and was filled with exciting moments. Philleas Fogg, an Englishman, bets 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the world in 80 days with his companion and sevant named Jean Passepartout. After betting this money at the reform club, he departs soon from London and travels all the way around the world. After arriving in many different countries by many different means of transportation, he lands in India and runs into a enchanting young princess who is about to be killed. Fogg and Passepartout come to the rescue and keep moving right along. And soon, they fell in love. But this whole time, there was trouble right behind him. Detective Fix thinks Fogg was a bank robber and this detective is following him everywhere so he can arrest him in London. Passepartout ends up thinking this man is a member of the reform club, and thinks he's trying to stop them from getting there. After many close calls through transportation and an arrest, Fogg arrives. But you'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens. It's a wonderful book and if you haven't read it, it's a good book to read.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast, action-packed adventure with both romance and danger 16 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Before there was any kind of high-speed travel an English gentleman named Phileas Fogg betted 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the world in 80 or less days. He starts his journey in London. On his way he meets a beautiful Indian Princess. Fogg also gets mistaken for a criminal. During his whole journey he has a detective following him trying to arrest him when the warrant arrives. In the book you follow Fogg's adventures through four continents when he is racing against time. The book is fast-paced, action-packed adventure with both romance and danger.
The characters in the story were introduced very well, especially Phileas Fogg. In the beginning of the book you get to know that Fogg is a very private gentleman. He never goes to any social places except the Reform Club. A remarkable thing about Fogg is that his life is centered around the clock. He is very precise and always on time. Every day he follows the exact same schedule. Phileas Fogg does not have a wife or any kids.
The setting of the book was very jumpy. Since Fogg travels through many continents and countries the setting changes all the time. You still feel you know a little bit about every place that he comes to, even if he only stays there for a couple of hours.
When I started reading the book I thought it would be a really good book and it really did meet my standards. I would recommend it to any one who likes adventure and action. Since it is written in so many different versions a person almost any age can read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your fifth grader to read! 11 Jan 2009
By mom-o-four - Published on
It is tricky to get my 11-year-old boy to read anything but non-fiction. He really got into the Great Illustrated Classics version of A Journey to the Center of the Earth, however, so I got him other Jules Verne titles including Around the World in 80 Days. I think the combination of classic literature, illustrations and adventure tales are very compelling to boys his age. Now he turns the light back on at bedtime to keep reading! I ordered five others in the Great Illustrated Classics series, including The Three Musketeers and Treasure Island.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved thi sbook 10 Nov 2009
By Efrain Morales - Published on
this book was a very good book. My 5th grade teacher 5 years ago assigned this book to me for a book report. I didn't want to read it, but I did anyways. I was just interested in reading the first chapter, but read the whole book in a couple of hours. Loved it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Travel Adventure--Well Worth the Trip! 15 Nov 2010
By Mrs. Chips - Published on
I have read Around the World in 80 Days multiple times. Enjoy meeting the cultured, gentlemanly explorer with his resourceful, friendly valet. With all the delays, how will they arrive in time and prevent total ruin? If you are buying this for a child, find a good illustrated edition. Travel back to a time of gracious living and leisurely transportation. If you enjoy this story, try 21 Balloons by William Pene Dubois.
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