Around the World in Eighty Days and Five Weeks in a Balloon

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Wordsworth Editions, 1994 - Fiction - 354 pages
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With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Roger Cardinal. University of Kent at Canterbury.

Translations are by Paul Desages (Around the World in Eighty Days) and Arthur Chambers (Five Weeks in a Balloon).

JULES VERNE (1828-1905) POSSESSED that rare storyteller's gift of being able to present the far-fetched and the downright unbelievable in such a way as effortlessly to inspire his reader's allegiance and trust. This volume contains two of his best-loved yarns, chosen from among the sixty-four titles of Les Voyages Extraordinaires, Verne's pioneering contribution to the canon of modern science fiction.

Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) relates the hair-raising journey made as a wager by the Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg, who succeeds - but only just! - in circling the globe within eighty days. The dour Fogg's obsession with his timetable is complemented by the dynamism and versatility of his French manservant, Passepartout, whose talent for getting into scrapes brings colour and suspense to the race against time.

Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863) was Verne's first novel. It documents an apocryphal jaunt across the continent of Africa in a hydrogen balloon designed by the omniscient, imperturbable and ever capable Dr Fergusson, the prototype of the Vernian adventurer.

 

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User Review  - MaggieFlo - LibraryThing

I never read this story in youth so it was a real pleasure to pick it up and enjoy it as much as I did. The characters of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout are accompanied by Detectice Fix and Aouda on the Fogg's world wide trip on a bet. Read full review

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Title: Around the World in 80 Days Author: Jules Verne Genre: Young Adult Challenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days, TBR *Lite* Challenge 2009, A to Z Reading Challenge, Numbers Challenge, 2009 Audiobook ... Read full review

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In which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout accept each other
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1n In which a conversation takes place which may prove costly
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In which a new kind of scrip makes its appearance on Change
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vn Which once more shows the futility of passports for police
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In which Passepartout is only too fortunate in getting off with
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x11 In which Phileas Fogg and his companions venture across
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xrv In which Phileas Fogg travels down the whole length of
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About the author (1994)

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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