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Around the World in Eighty Days [Paperback]

Jules Verne
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June 20 2000 Dover Thrift Editions

Taking up a challenge from his whist partners, a mysterious English gentleman named Phileas Fogg wagers half his fortune and abandons his quiet domestic routine to undertake a daring feat: to circle the globe in a mere 80 days, an achievement unheard of in the Victorian world.
Fogg and Passepartout, his devoted manservant, avail themselves of virtually every known means of transportation in their wild race against time. All the while, a devious detective dogs their every step and introduces fresh obstacles. The resourceful Fogg faces each new trial with unshakable aplomb, through a constantly shifting background of exotic locales — from the jungles of India, a Chinese opium den, and a Japanese circus to a full-throttle train ride under attack by Sioux and a bloodless mutiny aboard a tramp steamer.
The most popular of Jules Verne's fantastic adventure stories, Around the World in Eighty Days first appeared as a newspaper serial in 1872, much to the delight of a world already agog with recent advances in technology. Its enduring blend of comic misadventures and thrilling suspense continues to enchant generations of readers.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Nov. 15 2003
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I discovered why this book is a classic. The characters are fascinating, the situation is absurd, and craft is supernal. It is a great classic, and a wonderful way to get into Jules Vern's other writings.
I think the key to the book is not just the absurd bet that Fogg makes, but that Verne adds to the deadline tension by having this idiot Inspector Fix trail Fogg on his voyage around the world. Fogg not only has to combat the perils of global travel in the 1890's, but also Fix as he sabotages Fogg's journey. That is genius.
This book is all plot: you are whooshed along for the ride and it never eases up. The Chapters are short, adding to the sense of speed. The only thing offensive in this book are some of the stereotypes: Asians, Indians, Yankee Americans and Mormons are all misrepresented in this book. Alas, that is the bigotry of the Victorian era that somehow still lingers.
This is a great book for your boy who hates Jane Austin novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne does it again! April 15 2001
Format:Paperback
Around the World in 80 Days is another good work from the author of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Phileas Fogg is member of the London Reform Club. He makes a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days. He leaves immediately along with his servant Passepartout. A short time before Fogg left on his "Tour of the world", a bank robbery occurred at the bank of England. Police Detective Fix mistakenly believes that, because his description is so close to the robber's, that Phileas Fogg was the robber.
What will the trip gain Mr. Fogg? Will he make it in 80 days? Will Fix learn his blunder or cost Fogg the wager? Find out by reading for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Nov. 15 2003
By Kendal B. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I discovered why this book is a classic. The characters are fascinating, the situation is absurd, and craft is supernal. It is a great classic, and a wonderful way to get into Jules Vern's other writings.
I think the key to the book is not just the absurd bet that Fogg makes, but that Verne adds to the deadline tension by having this idiot Inspector Fix trail Fogg on his voyage around the world. Fogg not only has to combat the perils of global travel in the 1890's, but also Fix as he sabotages Fogg's journey. That is genius.
This book is all plot: you are whooshed along for the ride and it never eases up. The Chapters are short, adding to the sense of speed. The only thing offensive in this book are some of the stereotypes: Asians, Indians, Yankee Americans and Mormons are all misrepresented in this book. Alas, that is the bigotry of the Victorian era that somehow still lingers.
This is a great book for your boy who hates Jane Austin novels.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne does it again! April 15 2001
By "weirdo_87" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Around the World in 80 Days is another good work from the author of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Phileas Fogg is member of the London Reform Club. He makes a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days. He leaves immediately along with his servant Passepartout. A short time before Fogg left on his "Tour of the world", a bank robbery occurred at the bank of England. Police Detective Fix mistakenly believes that, because his description is so close to the robber's, that Phileas Fogg was the robber.
What will the trip gain Mr. Fogg? Will he make it in 80 days? Will Fix learn his blunder or cost Fogg the wager? Find out by reading for yourself.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book Dec 10 2012
By Todd G. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is great! We read it together with our mom. Great book for all ages. It satisfied a nine year old, twelve year old and an adult. We loved all the exciting twists and turns, and the characters are very interesting and funny. Jules Verne is a great writer, and we highly recommend that you read this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trip to Take With Students! Aug. 2 2013
By Miami Mommy - Published on Amazon.com
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To support our travel theme this year, my students will be reading Around the World in Eighty Days. The story is witty and adventurous. I love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Amazing Race June 5 2013
By ReadingintheGarden - Published on Amazon.com
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Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is a timeless classic. It was first published in 1873 and is still going strong 140 years later. Phileas Fogg enters a bet with members at his Reform Club. He wagers that he can go around the world in 80 days, which, of course, was quite a feat in pre-aviation days. The prize: £20,000, and more costly, Fogg's reputation. The competitors: Phileas Fogg along with his valet, Passepartout. The year: 1872. The outcome: An unforgettable adventure! It's not just the exotic locales of India, Hong Kong, and Japan that make this novel so alluring, it's the great characterization of Fogg and Passepartout. Phileas Fogg is a self-assured, persnickety, wealthy man who has an obsession for calculated precision. He controls every detail of his life with meticulous consideration. He demands the correct temperature of his shaving water and determines the amount of gas to be allotted for the lights in his house. He's compulsive and would drive anyone crazy, but somehow in the book, he's also extremely likable. He is a quick, analytic thinker and can solve problems at the drop of a hat. His valet, Passepartout, is a loyal, honest man with a varied work history that includes singer, circus rider, gymnast, and fireman. Unlike Fogg, he's prone to make mistakes. But together they are a good team to work their way through the challenges of the race.

They would have been great contestants in the Amazing Race TV show (my favorite show, BTW). I could just see the caption under them as they're jostled back and forth on the backs of elephants in India: "Employer and Valet." Passepartout would be an instant hit--the underdog, the lowly employee working hard to diligently complete the tasks at hand. At first it may take the viewers a bit to warm to the stuffy Fogg. But sure enough they would be won over by his calm, collected demeanor, and the fact that he's always the gentleman no matter how stressful the situation. Likely to be a favored team in the race, the audience would cheer them on through each new leg and commiserate with them at each U-Turn or Speed Bump. And finally, we'd hold our breath as they race to the final pit stop, where host, Phil Keoghan, would look them in the eyes and pause. Would he say "I'm sorry to tell you that you have both been eliminated from the race?" Or would he smile and say, "Phileas and Passepartout! You have covered nine countries, three oceans and three seas, in eighty days around the world!" Then he could finish it with the words everyone wants to hear. "Congratulations! You are the official winners of the Amazing Race!" Then we'd all cheer from our sofas and text our sisters a big "Woo Hoo!"

And that's how this book is--fun and exciting. You'll cheer Phileas and Passepartout on to the last stop. I loved this book---the original Amazing Race. Read other reviews at [...]
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