Around the World in Eighty Days
Brian W. Aldiss
'To go around the world...in such a short time and with the means of transport currently available, was not only impossible, it was madness' One ill-fated 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 -... show more
'To go around the world...in such a short time and with the means of transport currently available, was not only impossible, it was madness'
One ill-fated 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.
Publish date: 04-05-2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 248
Edition language: English
TITLE: Around the World in Eighty Days AUTHOR: Jules Verne TRANSLATOR: William Butcher DATE PUBLISHED: 2008 (reissue) PUBLICATION: Oxford World's Classics FORMAT: Paperback ISBN-13: 9780199552511 ________________________________ DESCRIPTION: "With the words 'Here I am, gentlemen...
What I learned from this book: travelling by train is far more dangerous and troubling than travelling by boat. What happens to Phileas Fogg and his group during their train travels is insane. About halfway through the book I switched to the audiobook, narrated by Jim Dale, and this choice has bee...
"A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager," replied Phileas Fogg, solemnly. With this we're off to the one of the best adventure stories... And no matter how often I read this book, I still get excited about whether they will make it back to the Reform C...
That was awesome! I love when these classics turn out to be addictive page-turners. Even though I knew Fogg had to triumph, I admit I had several moments of true anxiety, so double points. Into the podium of Verne's favorites it goes. Now, what do I do with this furious raging of my wanderlust?
This is full of adventure. It was written at a time when people couldn’t find facts about other parts of the world as easily as we can today. Even though it may not be completely accurate, it sparks an interest by showing different countries around the world. I enjoyed the trip. It highlights di...