Around the World in Eighty Days

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Author: Jules Verne

9781853260902 | PB | pp. 360 | 2002 | Wordsworth Editions

Book tells the tale of Phileas Fogg and his quest to travel around the world in just eighty days.

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One evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well establised routine of his daily life, the reserved Englishman immediately sets off for Dover, accompanied by his hot-blooded French manservant Passepartout. Travelling by train, steamship, sailing boat, sledge and even elephant, they must overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard – who believes that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England to win the extraordinary wager. Around the World in Eighty Days gripped audiences on its publication and remains hugely popular, combining exploration, adventure and a thrilling race against time.

Michael Glencross’s lively translation is accompanied by an introduction by Brian Aldiss, which places Jules Verne’s work in its literary and historical context. There is also a detailed chronology, notes and further reading.

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Author:

Jules Verne

ISBN:

9781853260902

Publisher

Wordsworth Editions

Binding:

Paperback

Pages

360

Year of Publication:

2002

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author of all time, behind Disney Productions and Agatha Christie. His prominent novels have been made into films. Verne, along with H. G. Wells, is often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction“.

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