Around the World in Eighty Days (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) [NOOK Book]

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Around the World in Eighty Days, published originally as a newspaper serial in 1872 and released as a book the following year was well received in both formats.  Its hero, Phileas Fogg, is a leisured but taciturn Londoner of such mathematically precise habits that he has fired his servant for bringing him shaving water two degrees too cold.  Over a game of cards, Fogg wagers twenty thousand pounds that he can travel around the world in eighty days or less.  What follows is a headlong adventure ...
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Around the World in Eighty Days, published originally as a newspaper serial in 1872 and released as a book the following year was well received in both formats.  Its hero, Phileas Fogg, is a leisured but taciturn Londoner of such mathematically precise habits that he has fired his servant for bringing him shaving water two degrees too cold.  Over a game of cards, Fogg wagers twenty thousand pounds that he can travel around the world in eighty days or less.  What follows is a headlong adventure full of trains, ships, elephants, and wind sledges, not to mention human sacrifice, duels, and Indian attacks.  A successful combination of modern speed and period quaintness, Around the World in Eighty Days has become a delightful, timeless, steam-driven classic.
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Meet the Author

Jules Verne


Born in 1828, Jules Verne dutifully followed the career track of an ordinary bourgeois Frenchman.  However literary ambition soon took over and at the age of twenty he began publishing plays and short stories. In 1862 he teamed up with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel and the two men entered into one of the most fruitful relationships in literary history.  Verne remains best known for Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Mysterious Island.  By the end of his life in 1905, Verne had published more than sixty books.

Biography

The creator of the roman scientifique, the popular literary genre known today as science fiction, Jules Gabriel Verne was born in the port town of Nantes, France, in 1828. His father, Pierre, was a prominent lawyer, and his mother, Sophie, was from a successful ship-building family. Despite his father's wish that he pursue law, young Jules was fascinated by the sea and all things foreign and adventurous. Legend holds that at age eleven he ran away from school to work aboard a ship bound for the West Indies but was caught by his father shortly after leaving port. Jules developed an abiding love of science and language from a young age. He studied geology, Latin, and Greek in secondary school, and frequently visited factories, where he observed the workings of industrial machines. These visits likely inspired his desire for scientific plausibility in his writing and perhaps informed his depictions of the submarine Nautilus and the other seemingly fantastical inventions he described.

After completing secondary school, Jules studied law in Paris, as his father had before him. However, during the two years he spent earning his degree, he developed more consuming interests. Through family connections, he entered Parisian literary circles and met many of the distinguished writers of the day. Inspired in particular by novelists Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas (father and son), Verne began writing his own works. His poetry, plays, and short fiction achieved moderate success, and in 1852 he became secretary of the Théâtre lyrique. In 1857 he married Honorine Morel, a young widow with two children. Seeking greater financial security, he took a position as a stockbroker with the Paris firm Eggly and Company. However, he reserved his mornings for writing. Baudelaire's recently published French translation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the days Verne spent researching points of science in the library, inspired him to write a new sort of novel: the roman scientifique. His first such novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was an immediate success and earned him a publishing contract with the important editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel.

For the rest of his life, Verne published an average of two novels a year; the fifty-four volumes published during his lifetime, collectively known as Voyages Extraordinaires, include his best-known works, Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Begun in 1865 and published to huge success in 1869, Twenty Thousand Leagues has been translated into 147 languages and adapted into dozens of films. The novel also holds the distinction of describing a submarine twenty-five years before one was actually constructed. As a tribute to Verne, the first electric and nuclear submarines were named Nautilus. In 1872 Verne settled in Amiens with his family. During the next several years he traveled extensively on his yachts, visiting such locales as North Africa, Gibraltar, Scotland, and Ireland. In 1886 Verne's mentally ill nephew shot him in the leg, and the author was lame thereafter. This incident, as well as the tumultuous political climate in Europe, marked a change in Verne's perspective on science, exploration, and industry. Although not as popular as his early novels, Verne's later works are in many ways as prescient. Touching on such subjects as the ill effects of the oil industry, the negative influence of missionaries in the South Seas, and the extinction of animal species, they speak to concerns that remain urgent in our own time.

Verne continued writing actively throughout his life, despite failing health, the loss of family members, and financial troubles. At his death in 1905 his desk drawers contained the manuscripts of several new novels. Jules Verne is buried in the Madeleine Cemetery in Amiens.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

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In 1848, Verne got his start writing librettos for operettas.

When Verne's father found out that his son would rather write than study law, he cut him off financially, and Jules was forced to support himself as a stockbroker -- a job he hated but was fairly good at. During this period, he sought advice and inspiration from authors Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo.

Verne stands as the most translated novelist in the world -- 148 languages, according to UNESCO statistics.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 8, 1828
    2. Place of Birth:
      Nantes, France
    1. Date of Death:
      March 24, 1905
    2. Place of Death:
      Amiens, France
    1. Education:
      Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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Jules Verne never took a trip to the moon, never journeyed to the center of the earth, never traveled twenty thousand leagues under the sea—and he never went around the world at all, let alone in eighty days. And yet, in his imagination, he made all these journeys and many more. Although he is widely considered to be the father of science fiction, Verne did not write sci-fi as we know it today—he didn't write about aliens or galactic empires or time travel or even (with a few exceptions) the future—but rather like Michael Crichton in our own time, he wrote adventure stories about epic journeys set in the present day that were right at the edge of what was technologically possible during his lifetime. The most lighthearted of these epic journeys, Around the World in Eighty Days is the story of a single-minded, freakishly decisive Londoner named Phileas Fogg who, on a moment's notice one day in 1872, takes off round the world as fast as he can with his newly hired French manservant and a valise full of cash, for no better reason than to win a bet.


Verne's own life was adventurous only in his imagination. Born the son of an attorney in the French port city of Nantes in 1828, he wrote in later life that he grew up fascinated by the clipper ships and schooners he saw along the docks, but apart from some amateur boating with his brother Paul along the Loire River, he was never so fascinated that he ever attempted to run away to sea. Instead, to please his father, he dutifully followed the career track of an ordinary bourgeois Frenchman, studying law in Paris and working as a stockbroker. The young Verne's aspiration to be something more than a businessman expressed itself as literary ambition rather than wanderlust, and from the age of twenty he began to publish plays and short stories, at first to little acclaim. It was not until he teamed up with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel in 1862 that he found success with his first novel-length adventure story, Five Weeks in a Balloon, which was an instant best seller. Hetzel declined to publish Verne's next novel, Paris in the Twentieth Century—one of his few truly futuristic tales and one that was not published until after his death—but nonetheless the two men entered into one of the most fruitful relationships in literary history between an author and a publisher. Shrewdly packaged by Hetzel as a series under the title “Extraordinary Voyages in the Known and Unknown Worlds,” the books for which Verne remains best known were written between 1864 and 1874, including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869), and The Mysterious Island (1874). Verne's mutually successful relationship with his publisher continued even after Hetzel's death in 1886, when Pierre-Jules' son, Louis-Jules, took over the company. Apart from one trip to America (where he never got further west than Niagara Falls), a visit to London, and some travels around the Mediterranean and other places in Europe, Verne never did see much of the world he wrote about so vividly,  He was content instead to live the comfortable life of a successful author in the provincial French city of Amiens. Maybe this was because he simply could not spare the time away from his desk—by the end of his life in 1905, he had published more than sixty books—but for a man who had been to the moon, at the earth's core, and around the world in his imagination, perhaps the real world did not hold that much interest.


Published originally as a newspaper serial in 1872 and released as a book the following year, Around the World in Eighty Days was an immediate success. It was the best selling of Verne's books during his lifetime—108,000 copies, according to his publisher, compared to only 50,000 for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea—and it remains one of his most popular books today. Some of that continued interest comes from the fact that this is one of Verne's deliberately comic books, written as much to amuse as to awe the reader. The set-up itself is inherently comic. The protagonist, Phileas Fogg, is a leisured but taciturn Londoner of such mathematically precise habits that he has fired his servant for bringing him shaving water two degrees too cold. Early in the novel he enters into the sort of argument between idle men which nowadays would likely be started in a bar after two or three beers, but in Verne's mildly parodic version of moneyed Englishmen at play, starts over a game of whist at a gentleman's club. It ends as most such arguments do, with bravado and a foolish bet: Fogg wagers the other card players twenty thousand pounds (a huge sum in 1872) that he can travel around the world in eighty days or less. Then, after coolly playing whist for another twenty-five minutes, he returns home, collects the servant he hired that very morning—the excitable Frenchman Passepartout—and leaves for the train station with Passepartout and a carpetbag full of twenty thousand pounds in cash.


Verne was writing during a great age of European literature, when writers like the Russian Leo Tolstoy, the Englishwoman George Eliot, and Verne's fellow Frenchman Gustave Flaubert were creating the modern novel. In the works of these authors the intimate lives of characters are evoked with great psychological complexity. Jules Verne, however, was an entertainer, and as in the work of popular novelists of our own day, his characters are merely complex enough for his purposes, which is to say they are simply but vividly drawn, sturdy enough to support the plot. Despite their epic scope, Verne's novels often depend on the interactions of a limited number of main characters, and in Around the World in Eighty Days, Verne limits himself to Fogg, Passepartout, and the British detective Fix, as well as, to a limited extent, the Indian princess Aouda. The three male characters conform easily to stereotypes of nationality and class: Fogg is a distilled version of the practical, decisive Englishman, interested only in winning his bet. Except as it makes his journey easier or more difficult, he takes no note of the cultures he is passing through. Passepartout is likewise a stock character, the plucky, devoted, resourceful servant who is also an excitable, voluble Frenchman. The English detective Fix—who trails Fogg because he suspects Fogg has robbed the Bank of England—can be boiled down to the adjectives wily and dogged. The Indian princess Aouda barely registers as a character at all, scarcely speaking throughout the book and serving first as a plot point, when she is rescued from the Indian ritual of suttee by Fogg and Passepartout, and then as a generic love interest for Fogg.


Although these characters scarcely transcend their rudimentary nature, the two main travelers, Fogg and Passepartout, are surprisingly memorable, almost because of their sketchiness. Passepartout is very much the reader's surrogate, the only person in the book who shows any curiosity or wonder about the places they are passing through. His adventure on his own in the streets of Yokohama, Japan, in chapters 22 and 23 is one of the few moments in the book where Verne slows down enough to take in some local color—which he gleaned entirely from other accounts, not from personal experience. And the excitable Frenchmen is also the closest thing in the book to an action hero. Although Fogg gets the credit when Aouda is rescued from her husband's funeral pyre in India in chapter 13, it is Passepartout who actually, physically saves her, at considerable risk to himself. The same is true during an attack by the Sioux on their train as they cross the Nebraska prairie; it is Passepartout who stops the train by crawling under the cars to unhook them from the engine.


As for Fogg, he is memorable chiefly because he is such a blank. If Passepartout is a comic stereotype of an emotional Frenchman, Phileas Fogg is a distilled version of a French author's stereotype of the cool, unflappable English eccentric. He seems to have sprung from nowhere, having no family or friends, and he seems to have a lot of money, though no one knows where it comes from. His behavior and his manner seem to a modern reader to be borderline autistic: as he waits to interview Passepartout in chapter 1, all Fogg does is watch the clock, and indeed, in the next chapter, he is described by Verne as being as exactly regulated as a chronometer. He has no apparent interest in the social, cultural, or political worlds of London, or even in other people, for, as Verne writes, "as he knew that in this world account must be taken of friction, and that friction retards, he never rubbed against anybody."


His only pastime, as far as we can see, is playing cards at his gentleman's club, but even that does not seem to give him any pleasure: "Mr. Fogg played not to win, but for the sake of playing. The game was in his eyes a contest, a struggle with a difficulty, yet a motionless, unwearying struggle, congenial to his tastes." His sudden decision to travel around the world in eighty days is undertaken in the same spirit. He is clearly not interested in the money, since over the course of the book he spends as much as he is likely to win, and, as already noted, he shows no more interest in the countries he passes through than he does in his own. Depicted as watching the clock in his own home in chapter 1, he spends the rest of the book racing the clock, taking little note of anything along the way except for train and steamship schedules. Only occasionally does Verne hint that there might be more to Fogg, as when he risks the success of his trip (and his fortune as well) to rescue Aouda from the ceremony of suttee, or when he takes time to rescue Passepartout from the Sioux. Only at the end of the book does he expresses strong emotion, and then only twice—once with a punch and once with a declaration of love.


Fogg's lack of interest in the world as he circles it is almost mirrored by the book's own, at least to begin with. Once the journey is started, it proceeds at a breakneck pace. Verne skips Europe entirely; at the end of chapter 4, Fogg and Passepartout are riding the train out of London, and when we see them next, in chapter 6, they are already in the Egyptian port of Suez. Apart from a couple of adventures in India—a ride on an elephant and the rescue of Aouda from her dead husband's funeral pyre—and from Passepartout's extended interlude in Japan, Asia goes by in a blur, with the descriptions of the geography and history of the countries they pass through reading as if they came out of guidebooks (which they almost certainly did). Even the action sequences, which most novelists would milk for every drop of suspense, are often rushed through, as if Verne were watching the time as carefully as Fogg is. On the other hand, Verne had a lifelong fascination with America, and he slows down in the American section of Fogg's journey to give us several striking scenes in this (to a Frenchman) exotic country: a political riot in San Francisco, a challenge to a duel from a boorish American officer, a potted history of the Mormons, an Indian attack on a train, culminating in a wild ride across the improbably flat Nebraska prairie on a wind-driven sledge. The fact that most of this is secondhand and unrealistic—the Sioux attacking a moving train from horseback in the dead of a Nebraska winter, for example—does not diminish the sequence's sheer narrative drive. 


In the end, in fact, the reader's interest in following the story is essentially the same as Fogg's reason for undertaking the trip, and the same as Verne's apparent motive for writing the book, namely a fascination with the sheer physical challenge of circling the globe in an age before air travel. This is perhaps the main reason for the novel's continuing appeal: Around the World in Eighty Days does not depend as much on scientific extrapolation as some of his other novels do. Unlike his novels about journeys that were improbable, as least in his day—going to the moon, riding in a submarine—or even flat out impossible—in reality no one can travel to the center of the earth—Around the World in Eight Days is about a trip that relies chiefly on technology that was already forty years old (the railroad and the steamship) or even older (sailing ships and elephants), and the narrative interest in the book comes not from his depiction of cutting-edge technology or natural spectacle, but from the more ordinary obstacles Verne throws in Phileas Fogg's path. “The unforeseen does not exist,” says Fogg, before he has ever left London, and the fun of the novel results from just how wrong he turns out to be. Verne may have shared the average man's fascination with the technology of his day, but he was a clever enough dramatist to understand that the story works best when the technology breaks down. The promised railway across India peters out in the jungle, forcing Fogg to buy an elephant; having missed his steamship connection in Hong Kong, he bribes a captain to take his sailing ship through a storm; and in the final leg of his trip, he buys a steamship outright and burns the wooden superstructure piece by piece in order to keep the steam up.


Because of the striking simplicity of the story and the uncomplicated vividness of Fogg and Passepartout, Verne's story of a feisty Englishman charging unflappably around the world lives on remarkably well, especially considering that today a man of Fogg's means could simply buy a plane ticket and do the trip in a day or two. Verne himself capitalized on the book's success by turning it into a successful stage spectacular that earned him ten million francs, which is more than most of his books did. In 1889 and 1890, much to Verne's delight, an American woman, the pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly, traveled around the world in seventy-two days, beating Fogg's record. The novel has been filmed several times, most notably in 1956 as a Cinemascope epic starring David Niven as a dapper Fogg and the Mexican comedian Cantinflas as Passepartout. More recently it has been made into a television miniseries starring Pierce Brosnan as Fogg and former Monty Python member Eric Idle as Passepartout, and even more recently as a comedy with Steve Coogan as Fogg and the martial arts star Jackie Chan as his servant. Perhaps the most memorable modern adaptation, however, was the work of another former member of Monty Python, the writer and comedian Michael Palin, who in 1989 reenacted Fogg's trip for a nonfiction BBC television series and book, trying to see if he could make it round the world in eighty days without flying.


It is ironic that the author of one of the most archetypical fictional narratives of travel was a mild, middle-class Frenchman who not only hardly ever left France, but who, judging from his astonishing output, scarcely even left his study. Later writers like Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene would write with more depth and power about Europeans abroad, and in our own time narratives that cross borders and travel the world are written by writers who would have been considered mere colorful "natives" from the perspective of a European in Verne's day, such as the Indian novelists V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie. But the fact that the best of Verne's books are still read and enjoyed is a testament to the power of his imagination and his skill as an entertainer. Like the best popular writers in any era, he knew how to take a simple, striking idea and dramatize the hell out of it, with a headlong plot full of trains, ships, elephants, and wind sledges, not to mention human sacrifice, duels, and Indian attacks. As stripped down as any contemporary techno-thriller, it has aged about as well as any nineteenth-century novel could, especially one that depends so heavily on technologies, like rail and steamship travel, that now seem quaint. In fact, the key to the continued success of Around the World in Eighty Days may very well be its improbable but successful combination of modern speed and period quaintness, making it a delightful, timeless, steam-driven fairy tale.
 


James Hynes is the author of three novels, The Lecturer's Tale, Kings of Infinite Space, and The Wild Colonial Boy, and a book of novellas, Publish and Perish.

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Table of Contents

Introduction IX

I In Which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout accept Each Other, the One as Master, the Other as Man 1

II In Which Passepartout is Convinced That He Has at Last Found his Ideal 6

III In Which a Conversation Takes Place Which Seems Likely to Cost Phileas Fogg Dear 10

IV In Which Phileas Fogg astounds Passepartout, his Servant 17

V In Which a New Species of Funds, Unknown ,To the Moneyed Men, appears On 'Change 21

VI In Which Fix, the Detective, Betrays a Very Natural Impatience 24

VII Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as aids to Detectives 28

VIII In Which Passepartout Talks Rather More, Perhaps, Than is Prudent 31

IX In Which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean Prove Propitious to the Designs of Phileas Fogg 35

X In Which Passepartout is Only Too Glad to Get off with the Loss of his Shoes 40

XI In Which Phileas Fogg Secures a Curious Means of Conveyance at a Fabulous Price 45

XII In Which Phileas Fogg and his Companions Venture across the Indian Forests, and What Ensued 53

XIII In Which Passepartout Receives a New Proof That Fortune Favors the Brave 60

XIV In Which Phileas Fogg Descends the Whole Length of the Beautiful Valley of the Ganges Without Ever Thinking of Seeing It 66

XV In Which the Bag of Banknotes Disgorges Some Thousands of Pounds More 72

XVI In Which Fix Does Not Seem to Understand in the Least What is Said to Him 78

XVII Showing What Happened On the Voyage From Singapore to Hong Kong 83

XVIII In Which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout, and Fix Go Each about his Business 88

XIX In Which Passepartout Takes a Too Great Interest in his Master, and What Comes of It 92

XX In Which Fix Comes Face-To-Face with Phileas Fogg 98

XXI In Which the Master of the Tankadere Runs Great Risk of Losing a Reward of Two Hundred Pounds 104

XXII In Which Passepartout Finds out that, Even at the antipodes, It is Convenient to Have Some Money in one's Pocket 111

XXIII In Which Passepartout's Nose Becomes Outrageously Long 117

XXIV During Which Mr. Fogg and Party Cross the Pacific Ocean 123

XXV In Which a Slight Glimpse is Had of San Francisco 129

XXVI In Which Phileas Fogg and Party Travel by the Pacific Railroad 135

XXVII In Which Passepartout Undergoes, at a Speed of Twenty Miles an Hour, a Course of Mormon History 140

XXVIII In Which Passepartout Does Not Succeed in Making anyone Listen to Reason 146

XXIX In Which Certain Incidents are Narrated Which are Only to Be Met with on american Railroads 154

XXX In Which Phileas Fogg Simply Does his Duty 161

XXXI In Which Fix the Detective Considerably Furthers the Interests of Phileas Fogg 168

XXXII In Which Phileas Fogg Engages in a Direct Struggle with Bad Fortune 174

XXXIII In Which Phileas Fogg Shows Himself Equal to the Occasion 178

XXXIV In Which Phileas Fogg at Last Reaches London 186

XXXV In Which Phileas Fogg Does Not Have to Repeat his Orders to Passepartout Twice 189

XXXVI In Which Phileas Fogg's Name is Once More at a Premium on 'Change 194

XXXVII In which it is Shown that Phileas Fogg Gained Nothing By his Tour around the World, Unless it were Happiness 198

Endnote 203

Suggested Reading 205

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Adventure

    I recently reread this book for this first time since I had to in school, many years ago. Although it seems a fairly simplistic read, it still has a plot, while plausible and adventures, also plausible, that kept me wanting to keep reading it and finish the entire story. Phileus Fogg and his servent Passeportout make up the main characters, almost in an odd couple styling. Traveling by any means necessary to win a bet (not the money, but the honor) they are constantly playing off of each other with their conflicting attitudes. I would recommend this for any young reader, it is a classic and easy to read and quick as well. For an older reader or an adult, in today's view it can seem simplistic and dated, and unchallenged, but it is still a great work by Jules Verne. To anyone who hasn't read it, go for it, you have nothing to lose except a couple hours in which you can be with the imagery and travel to Egypt, India, Japan, American and back to London in a simpler time, yet many of the problems put into the path of Fogg, one can relate to today in their modern versions.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    This book was EXCELLENT!!!!

    I would reccomend this book to anyone

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Around the world in 80 days

    it was an interesting book but dont watch movie before reading.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Was not able to open

    I tried to open this book and it said sorry, unable to open your book.

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Extra! Extra! Verne Strikes Again!

    To start off, this is a classic book. If this was a badly written book, I don't think it would be a classic. Around the World in Eighty Days tells the adventures of Phileas Fogg, a man who made a wager of twenty thousand pounds that he could go all the way around the world in exactly eighty days. And sorry to say, Jackie Chan does not help him along the way.

    The author Jules Verne writes the book to a certain perspective that comes from almost every main character's point of veiw. In addition to the main plot, their is a suspenseful subplot in which a clever Detective Fix snoops out Mr. Fogg, who is a suspect for the theft of fifty thousand pounds!

    The book is rich with character developement. Phileas and his servant Passepartout show great change throughout their journey. Also, a love story evolves as Fogg meets Aouda, an Indian woman who was about to be sacrified by a thuggee tribe, until Fogg and his crew came to the rescue!

    Now we get to this edition of the novel. Really it adds nothing but an introduction by James Hynes. The intro is well written but unnecassary, it slows down the suspense you have when you open up to the first page. One plus to this edition is the cover illustration. It features a man in a hot air balloon and a map of the world in the background. The problem is that Phileas Fogg does not travel once in this book by hot air balloon or any form of air transportation for that matter.

    Over all you want to get this book. However you could probably find a much nicer edition of it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Good book, many typos

    This is an amazing book and I recomend it to anyone looking for somewhat of an adventure story. I would have given this book 5 stars if it wasn't for all the typos. They are understandable but agrrivating. Also, halfway down most pages it will say AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS and then an number. I love the stoy but the book itself could have been better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Very interesting... :3

    I think the descriptions of the charectors are nery good and i reccomend this book to anyone with a thirst of adventure and does not mind all the punctual errors and for it being old timey. I also reccomend the movie. Just search , around the world in eighty days staring jackie chan. :3

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    i read it in library i loved it and im 10

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    The just one journey that everyone should read within their life time.

    The daring quest of Phileas Fogg to travel the world within 80 days with twenty-thousand pounds sterlings of his fortune at stake that comes down to the wire. It is definitely one of those books that everyone should read within their life time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    Around the World in Eighty Days

    In the novel, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg a determined Englishman, made a possibly life changing bet with his cronies. He bet that he could travel the entire globe in 80 days. Many people believed that Mr. Fogg could not circumnavigate the world in such a short period of time. I thought that this challenge could be met if everything could be perfectly executed. then the probability of an accident or mishap came to mind and just one problem could throw the whole schedule off track. Phileas Fogg had the trip planned out, even with the probability of an accident in mind. Could he make the journey and reach London to recieve his money at quarter to nine in the evening on December 21st? I had my doubts in the man's plan just like many other readers. With great determination, Phileas Fogg set out on his trek around the world. Mr. Fogg traveled with his gracious servant Passepartout close to his side and a snoopy detective, Mr. Fix, hot on his trail. Mr. Fogg had been accused of robbing a bank in England. Mr. Fix, planning to arrest Phileas Fogg in India, was averted due to the delay of the warrant. The three traveled to India, saving a beautiful princess from her death, and on to China and Japan. Inconveniences occured with delay, the travelers missing a steamer after steamer they needed to take in order to make time. Aouda, the princess, now accompanied the three. They wisked across teh Pacific onto trains in the United States. When a band of Sioux Indians attacked the train, they took Passepartout prisoner. Mr. Fogg retrieved his servent and continued on their journey. With the undying determination that kept the travelers on their way, and ventured onto the Atlantic Ocean. In England, Fix arrested Mr. Fogg not knowing the robber had been caught. Phileas Fogg and his companions arrived in London thinking they were late. The catch was that they were a day early, thus making the journey around the world in eight days. He didn't lose or gain any money but did take Aouda as his wife. Mr. Fogg kept his calm and keen composure throughout the journey. He dismissed his orderly ways after finding out he had been late. This was one of the only changes that Phileas Fogg went through on his journey. I thought this story was excellent inteh way Jules Verne presented the world as Phileas Fogg traveled upon it. I enjoyed reading the novel and understanding the many different ways of life throughout the world. I would recommend this novel to anybody who wants to read an entertaining novel about many different parts of the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    Around the World in Eighty Days - A Thriller!

    This great novel by Jules Verne is about an Englishman who makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Jules Verne describes the protagonist's journey through the American plains in great detail but his ability to describe these legendary plains does not compare to seeing them with your own eyes. As I have already seen them, I found these sections of description rather dull. For instance when he stated that they 'observed the varied landscape which unfolded itself as they passed along; the vast prairies, the mountains lining the horizon, and the creeks with their frothy, foaming streams'. I found this not to portray the real essence of the plains as I found the plains to feel as if they go on forever. Verne's description does not show the real vastness of the plains. It does not describe a real picture of the towering mountains, plains or the streams. I would describe the plains to go on as far as the eye can see. The yellowish-brown fields surrounded by fences, stretching out for miles and miles, with no trees to be seen. I sensed a stronger feeling of being the only thing in the entire plains. His words do not seem to be expressive enough to me. In another segment along their long journey, the protagonist, Phileas Fogg, suggests that he and his friends rescue an Indian princess from death. This is a courageous act on his part and on the part of his partners. They secretly hide behind bushes near the large group of people where the princess is to be burned alive next to her dead husband. They attempt to break into the room where the unconscious princess is hidden but have to rush back to their hiding spot to escape from the guards. At dawn, just before the princess is to be killed, Passepartout, the courageous, brave, servant of Phileas Fogg, inconspicuously races up to the princess. Then, waiting for the right moment, he jumps up out of the flames where her dead husband lies, saves the princess, creating the illusion that the Prince returned to the living and rescued his wife. This act shows Passepartout's bravery and courage. Passepartout, without any second thoughts, risked his life for the princess he had never met before. This act is very courageous indeed. Jules Verne's ability to portray a character's thoughts and actions through his writings, as was just demonstrated, makes this book of great value. This is a great book because it shows you what things are like in different parts of the world, as I described in the previous paragraphs. It has a thrilling, adventurous plot, along with characters that are almost real. All these ingredients put together make a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Phileas Fogg, a somewhat rich London man makes a bet of 20000 eu

    Phileas Fogg, a somewhat rich London man makes a bet of 20000 euros with the people of the reform club that he could travel around the world in 80 days. While he does that, the reform club makes him look guilty and a spy is chasing him. He used lots of different types of tools to travel including some that you don’t see often. One of the transportation tools that I thought was interesting was a wagon powered by wind. I thought that Phileas is really stupid to make that bet because at last, he only gains a profit of about 200 euros while arriving at the last second and sacrificing a several dogs promising a taxi driver 200 euros. Around the world in 80 days is a very interesting book. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys adventurous books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    What does the words mean?

    I do not understand anything!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Ok

    I dont know what chaptrer im on..it doent say

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Good, but vocah too hard for 12-year-olds

    In around the world in eighty days, a man named Phileas Fogg decides to bet twenty thousand pounds that he could go around the world in eighty days, something that was considered then to be impossible. (You could probably get around the world in eighty hours nowadays). The author writes about his journey in great detail which is good, but he also talks in a very old timey way. He uses some words and phrases that would not make sense to many people today. For example, he says one time that Phileas Fogg is "making his toilet" to mean that he is getting ready for the day. Back to the story, as Mr. Fogg travels across the world with his servant, he meets many obstacles that slow him down on his quest to go around the world in eighty days. He has to change his course and go other ways because of those obstacles. He meets new people along the way and gains new friendships. He gets softer and more humane as the journey goes on. The author describes Phileas as being cold hearted and emotionless at the beginning, but by the end, he is doing things for the sake of other people. I think that this book, being a classic is a great one but I rank it only two and one half stars mainly because I am a kid, and the vocab and terms were overwhelming for me.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book w/ No Balloon

    Contrary to what many people (who have not read this book) believe and despite the cover of many printings of this book: There is NO hot-air-balloon in this book. This false belief has been instilled in us through modern media.

    However, without the hot-air-balloon and bullfighting (?), this book is still a fascinating tale of adventure. Even so, if you are looking for a quick fix for a book report I encourage the reader to go beyond the illustrated cover and movie to find a copy of Jule's Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" and read it. And furthermore, SparkNotes should be reviewed in hindsight.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

    Exhilarating, absorbing story!!

    Phileas Fogg is a rich member of the Reform Club, and is always very precise on time. He has accepted a bet that he can not travel around the world in eighty days. In the meanwhile, money has been stolen from a bank, and Phileas is the suspect. He leaves on his journey, not knowing that Detective Fix has boarded the ship, the Mongolia, for the adventure. During the trip, they make many stops and he barely escapes being arrested at each of the stops. They also take many twists and turns in their journey, switch boats, and collect many clues that may help them identify the real thief. I found this book suspenseful and a mystery. I would recommend it to anyone in middle school or older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    Jules Verne¿s Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg begins his journey in London and travels throughout the world. Fogg makes a wager of 20,000 pounds that he can travel the world in eighty days. Passepartout, his servant travels alongside him with Detective Fix close on their trail because he suspects that Fogg is the robber of the Bank of England. Their fast paced journey takes them through many obstacles like battling with Indians, racing through the jungle, and saving the beautiful princess Aouda. Personally I thought this novel was quite a good book. It was very creative, I enjoyed reading it, and it kept me on my toes throughout the whole book. I thought it was very exciting because there was one obstacle after the next and they never seemed to stop the race against time. The only thing I did not like about this novel is that Jules Verne puts so much detail about the setting and cultures that Fogg visits, it starts to get boring in some places.I would recommend this book to anybody who likes adventures and to people who like to learn about the different places around the world. I think this book is a good read for people of all ages and is packed with action, suspense, and adventure in this trip around the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    Around the World in 80 Days

    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is a story about a man named Phileas Fogg who lived by a routine schedule. Fogg had just fired his man servant for not bringing him his water for shaving at the right temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit but instead at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Fogg gets another man servant named Jean Passepartout who is going to travel around the world in eighty days with Mr. Fogg but does not know it yet. The bet all started when Phileas Fogg went to the Reform Club for his daily routine. He had his meal, read, had his meal, and then played whist with his fellow reform members. The other reform members are debating on whether of not the thief who stole money from the Bank of London could escape easily. That is when Phileas Fogg says that it is possible, and bets half of his fortune-20,000 pounds- that it is possible. He walks calmly home and tells Passepartout to get everything ready in 10 minutes because they are leaving for Dover and Calais. Fogg and Passepartout go on their way, but Detective Fix wishes to arrest Phileas Fogg because he thinks Fogg robbed the Bank of London. They face many difficulties, but Phileas Fogg still had his confidence and calm ways. From trains to ships to an elephant, from being beaten for wearing shoes in a sacred place by accident to saving damsels in distress from being sacrificed all the way to being attacked on a train by the Souix. Jules Verne does a beautiful job describing the beauty and the horror of the countries Fogg, Passepartout, and Aouda face off against. I really enjoyed this book because it had comedy, adventure, and science involved in the lives of many people, and how one man set out to show that it was possible to go around the world in eighty days and the other a servant along for the ride.

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