Around the World in Eighty Days

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Scholastic Inc., Mar 1, 1990 - Fiction - 237 pages
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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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Around The World In Eighty Days ($23.99; $15.99 paper; May 1996; 296 pp.; 0- 670-86917-1; paper 0-670-86793-4): An entry in The Whole Story series, this is an annotated edition of the 1873 classic ... Read full review

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I personally wanted to rate the book a fair 2.5 but that seemed impossible as Google seems to have deemed decimals, nonexistent. The book is interesting but a tad bit too serious for 7th graders as it contains only a fistful humor and even these little snippets hardly earn a giggle from the unfortunate souls doomed to read such a book that is serious to this extend, that one may even call it annoying. The book may hare earned my admiration at the beautiful descriptions of the horizon e.t.c but this is not very common. The descriptions seem like a failed attempt to prolong the climax of the story and the coming of characters that soon become our favorite and the harshly stealing away of them, can only be described as astonishingly cruel. Passepartout however,manages to lighten up the atmosphere in the classroom and the homes of readers everywhere. Fix -the idiotic detective doomed to fail epically- is inevitably labeled as a fool by all. Aouda and the over dramatic descriptions of her "over whelming gratitude" earned nothing less then a eye roll from me. The enigmatic Phileas Fogg managed to pique my interest with his mysterious personality. Phileas Fogg should undoubtedly have prayed every night- thanking God (or in his case Jules Verne) as it was obviously that if Aouda had not come along, he would have -without any doubt- died alone. 

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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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About the author (1990)

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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