Around the World in Eighty Days

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Scholastic Inc., 1990 - Fiction - 237 pages
Phileas Fogg bet his entire fortune that he could cross the Nineteenth Century Earth - with no plans, no special arrangements, and no air travel - in exactly eighty days. Any delay, any breakdown, any missed connection, and Fogg would lose - everything.

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A fascinating and exciting novel about Phileas Fogg and his servant, Passepartout, attempting to travel around the world in 80 days! However, the novel can be dull at times, but I highly recommend this to anyone who is into adventure novels!

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Around the World in Eighty Days was written during difficult times for both Verne and the country of France. However, the technological innovations of the 19th century had opened the possibility of rapid circumnavigation; a prospect that fascinated Verne and his readership. This new horizon sparked Verne’s imagination as he explored the idea that anyone could sit down, draw up a schedule, buy tickets and travel around the world, a feat previously reserved for only the most heroic and hardy of adventurers.
While Verne is often characterized as a futurist or science-fiction author, Around the World in Eighty Days is a break from his typical style as the novel has no hint of either genre. Up until 2006, no critical editions were written due to poor translations and the stereotypical connection between science fiction and "worthless" boys' literature. However, as new translations appeared, Verne's works began receiving more serious reviews. As a result, Post-Colonial readings of the novel reveal Verne's role as propagandist for European global dominance. Verne's novel, one of the most widely read of the 19th century, played a major role in shaping European attitudes of colonized lands.

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In which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout accept each other the one as master the other as servant
In which Passepartout is convinced that he has found his Ideal
In which a conversation takes place which may cost Phileas Fogg dearly
In which Phileas Fogg surprises Passepartout his servant beyond measure
In which a new security appears on the London Exchange
In which the agent Fix shows a very proper impatience
Which shows once more the uselessness of passports in police matters
In which Passepartout perhaps talks a little more than is proper
In which Fix comes in direct contact with Phileas Fogg
In which the master of the Tankadere runs great risk of losing a reward of two hundred pounds
In which Passepartout sees very well that even at the Antipodes it is prudent to have some money in ones pocket
In which Passepartouts nose is lengthened enormously
During which is accomplished the voyage across the Pacific Ocean
In which a slight glimpse of San Francisco is had a political meeting
In which our party takes the express train on the Pacific Railroad
In which Passepartout follows with a speed of twenty miles an hour a course of Mormon history

In which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean show themselves propitious to Phileas Foggs designs
In which Passepartout is only too happy to get off with the loss of his shoes
In which Phileas Fogg buys a conveyance at a fabulous price
In which Phileas Fogg and his companions venture through the forests of India and what follows
In which Passepartout proves again that Fortune smiles upon the bold
In which Phileas Fogg descends the entire splendid valley of the Ganges without ever thinking of looking at it
In which the bag with the banknotes is relieved of a few thousand pounds more
In which Fix has not the appearance of knowing anything about the matters concerning which they talk to him
In which one thing and another is talked about during the trip from Singapore to Hong Kong
In which Phileas Fogg Passepartout and Fix each goes about his own business
In which Passepartout takes a little too lively interest in his master and what follows
In which Passepartout could not succeed in making anyone listen to reason
In which certain incidents are related only to be met with on the railroads of the United States
In which Phileas Fogg simply does his duty
In which the detective Fix takes seriously in charge Phileas Foggs interests
In which Phileas Fogg engages in a direct struggle with ill luck
In which Phileas Fogg shows himself equal to circumstances
Which gives Passepartout the opportunity of letting out some atrocious but perhaps unpublished words
In which Passepartout does not have repeated to him twice the order his master gives him
In which Phileas Fogg is again at a premium in the market
In which it is proved that Phileas Fogg has gained nothing by making this tour of the world unless it be happiness

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Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. He wrote for the theater and worked briefly as a stockbroker. He is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. His most popular novels included Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Several of his works have been adapted into movies and TV mini-series. In 1892, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in France. He died on March 24, 1905 at the age of 77.

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