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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Mti edition (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143034456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143034452
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,556,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived.”—Arthur C. Clarke


From the Trade Paperback edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

Combining exploration, adventure, and a thrilling race against time, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS gripped audiences upon its original publication and remains hugely popular to this day. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on June 14, 2004
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Although it has a cover for the 2004 movie version of the book, this translation of "Around the World in 80 Days" ("Le tour du monde en quartre-vingts jours") by Jules Verne isn't just a quickly recycled old edition with a new cover slapped on it. It is a complete new translation by Michael Glencross that fixes the mistakes and sloppy translations found in most others editions -- many of them more than fifty years old and continuously clumped out on the market. Verne deserves better, and here it is. Doing comparisons with some of the other editions that I own shows how superior and well-thought out Glencross's translation is. He includes many pages of endnotes as well. The endnotes are valuable for the modern reader to navigate some of Verne's references, as well as understanding his attitude and his world. The notes also contain information on the translation choices that Glencross made. This edition will immensely increase your enjoyment of one of the most popular and perenially enjoyable stories of adventure and technology ever written.
"Around the World in 80 Days" was first published in book form in 1973, and quickly became a worldwide bestseller. Jules Verne is today considered principally a science-fiction writer, but many of his books were straightforward travelogues. This novel takes the travelogue concept to its extreme, sending the hero on a blistering tour of the world.
And what a hero! Phileas Fogg, a British gentleman and member of the Reform Club, who lives his life in exact measurements, takes a bet at his club that he cannot travel around the world along a designated route in less than eighty days. Fogg takes the bet, and takes along his faithful (and bewildered) French servant Passepartout.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Groat on August 12, 2005
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Since I had long ago read this book, I bought its audio version only because Jim Dale is the reader. As he has done with the Harry Potter series, Mr. Dale makes each and every character in the story come alive, presenting you with a delightful mental vision to match the unique voices he provides. Obviously, the story itself is a timeless masterpiece, but Jim Dale is a master performer, both on stage, film, television, AND audio books. Thank you, Mr. Dale! I highly recommend this version of this classic adventure.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Greene on September 30, 2004
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A journey around the world must be made in 80 days, or else, on December 21st at eight forty-five p.m., Phileas Fogg will lose 20,000 pounds. This doesn't seem at all difficult in modern time, but was terribly hard, probably impossible, in 1872. Around the World in 80 Days is great for fans of historical fiction.

Phileas Fogg sets off from England with a bag full of clothes and his French servant, Passepartout. Phileas Fogg is an odd character, an older man who is very precise and never takes a step more than necessary. He shows no emotion, but is not always cold hearted. Passepartout is loyal, and never questions Phileas Fogg's decisions. The characters are not very clearly described, but their actions are very easy to imagine.

Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France, in 1828. He began his career as an author in 1863, at the age of 35. He wrote man successful books, which were given the collective title " Extraordinary journeys into the Known and Unknown Worlds." Among them are Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and Around the World in 80 days. Jules Verne continued to write until his death in 1905.

It's an interesting read, because you can compare things to modern day items. If you're confused about what something is, there is a glossary in the back. I personally got slightly board with the repetitiveness of how Phileas Fogg always paid off any obstacles that slowed him down.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Student on January 19, 2005
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Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is about a man living in London named Philears Fogg. In the book he makes a bet to go around the world In 80 days. The book tells a lot about his adventures and how he has obstacles in his way. Sounds like fun right? Well if you like TONS of info on everything and moving through the book like an INCH WORM... then this book is for you. I didn't like it that much. The story was fine. I thought it was too long. The book was slow paced, but well thought out. When they got to a new city they never stayed there for long. Verne would tell you a lot about the place and he would leave as soon as he got there. It was also kind of hard to understand because it was written in a context that was a British like.

The book takes you to lots of places and you meet new people. There is an arrest warrant out for Mr. Fogg because of he's wealth. A man by the name of "The Fix" has to try to capture him, so it makes it a fun story. In conclusion, I would have to say I thought the book was fun and detailed but I would not read it again. Maybe if the book was written in the way we talk today I would have enjoyed it more. So out of 5 stars I give it 3.
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