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Around the World in Seventy-Nine Days Paperback – June 10, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

The canny authors of this memoir about a real-life race to sail around the world exploit to the fullest its rather tenuous connection with Jules Verne's classic adventure novel. In January 1993, a crew of four Frenchmen and one American-author Lewis, a professional American sailboat racer-set out to circumnavigate the globe in the Commodore Explorer, a multihull catamaran, and to best the fictional 19th-century 80-day record of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout. Of course Fogg et al. did not travel solely by water, so the routes were not analogous. Nor did they have the benefit of telexed weather reports, faxes or a press agent hovering nearby in a helicopter to pick up their film. However, the modern-day authors' decision to insert literally Verne's classic story into this narrative via copious (copyright-free) excerpts occupying almost half the book does pay off, infusing the breezy writing with a feeling of genuine adventure it otherwise lacks. Also enlivening Lewis's memoir are observations on a variety of related topics, ranging from famous explorers to a detailed explanation of longitude and latitude. Lewis's real-life experiences-his difficulties in communicating with the French-speaking crew, loss of sleep, rough seas and primitive facilities-are far less exciting than the enthralling drama of his fictional counterpart. But the combination of both stories is a winning one. Photos not seen by PW.
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Lewis, with help from coauthor Levitt, narrates a surprisingly literate and exuberant adventure. He and four Frenchmen want to best the record set by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. Unlike Fogg, though, Lewis and his companions travel strictly by water, guiding a catamaran from France to around Africa's Cape of Good Hope, then south of Australia, under Cape Horn, and north to return to France. The real-life record for such a journey is 109 days, but Lewis and company are undaunted by the challenge. They fight storms and frustration to carve out a spot in the record book. A wealth of information about the sea, ships, and explorers fleshes out the story. Especially compelling for those who, like Lewis, see everyday life as too safe and restricted. Brian McCombie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Great Circle Press (June 10, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 1929303017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929303014
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,987,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 1, 1997
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This book is one of the great adventure stories of our time
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