Around The World In Eighty Days

Around The World In Eighty Days

by Jules Verne
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Overview

A fastidious English gentleman makes a remarkable wager - he will travel around the world in eighty days or forfeit his life's savings. Thus begins Jules Verne's classic 1872 novel, which remains unsurpassed in sheer story-telling entertainment and pure adventure. Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant, Jean Passepartout, embark on a fantastic journey into a world filled with danger and beauty - from the exotic shores of India, where the heroic travelers rescue a beautiful Raja's wife from ritual sacrifice, to the rugged American frontier, where their train is ambushed by an angry Sioux tribe. Fogg's mission is complicated by an incredible case of mistaken identity that sends a Scotland Yard detective in hot pursuit. At once a riveting race against time and an action-packed odyssey into the unknown, Around the World in Eighty Days is a masterpiece of adventure fiction that has captured the imaginations of generations of readers - and continues to enthrall us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508468820
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/12/2015
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jules Verne was born into a family with a seafaring tradition in Nantes, France in 1828. Verne was sent to Paris to study law, but once there, he quickly fell in love with the theater. He was soon writing plays and opera librettos, and his first play was produced in 1850. When he refused his father's entreaties to return to Nantes and practice law, his allowance was cut off, and he was forced to make his living by selling stories and articles. Soon he was turning out imaginative stories such as Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and From the Earth to the Moon (1865), which were immensely popular all over the world. His ability to envision the next stage in man's technological progress produced 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and Michael Strogoff (1876). His biggest success came with Around the World in Eighty Days (1872). Verne's books made him famous and rich. In 1876, he bought a large steam yacht in which he could write more comfortably than on shore. His books were widely translated, dramatized, and later filmed. He died in Amiens in 1905.

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1828

Date of Death:

March 24, 1905

Place of Birth:

Nantes, France

Place of Death:

Amiens, France

Education:

Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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CHAPTER 1

In which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout accept each other, the one as master, the other as man

MR. PHILEAS Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world. People said that he resembled Byron,--at least that his head was Byronic; but he was a bearded, tranquil Byron, who might live on a thousand years without growing old.

Certainly an Englishman it was more doubtful whether Phileas Fogg was a Londoner. He was never seen on 'Change, nor at the Bank, nor in the counting-rooms of the "City"; no ships ever came into London docks of which he was the owner; he had no public employment; he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court, either at the Temple, or Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn; nor had his voice ever resounded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer, or the Queen's Bench, or the Ecclesiastical Courts. He certainly was not a manufacturer; nor was he a merchant or a gentleman farmer. His name was strange to the scientific and learned societies, and he never was known to take part in the sage deliberations of the Royal Institution or the London Institution, the Artisan's Association or the Institution of Arts and Sciences. He belonged, in fact, to none of the numerous societies which swarm in the English capital, from the Harmonic to that of the Entomologists, founded mainly for the purpose of abolishing pernicious insects.

Phileas Fogg was a member ofthe Reform, and that was all.

The way in which he got admission to this exclusive club was simple enough.

He was recommended by the Barings, with whom he had an open credit. His checks were regularly paid at sight from his account current, which was always flush.

Was Phileas Fogg rich? Undoubtedly. But those who knew him best could not imagine how he had made his fortune, and Mr. Fogg was the last person to whom to apply for the information. He was not lavish, nor, on the contrary, avaricious; for whenever he knew that money was needed for a noble, useful, or benevolent purpose, he supplied it quickly, and sometimes anonymously. He was, in short, the least communicative of men. He talked very little, and seemed all the more mysterious for his taciturn manner. His daily habits were quite open to observation; but whatever he did was so exactly the same thing that he had always done before, that the wits of the curious were fairly puzzled.

Had he travelled? It was likely, for no one seemed to know the world more familiarly; there was no spot so secluded that he did not appear to have an intimate acquaintance with it. He often corrected, with a few clear words, the thousand conjectures advanced by members of the club as to lost and unheard-of travellers, pointing out the true probabilities, and seeming as if gifted with a sort of second sight, so often did events justify his predictions. He must have travelled everywhere, at least in the spirit.

It was at least certain that Phileas Fogg had not absented himself from London for many years. Those who were honoured by a better acquaintance with him than the rest, declared that nobody could pretend to have ever seen him anywhere else. His sole pastimes were reading the papers and playing whist. He often won at this game, which, as a silent one, harmonized with his nature; but his winnings never went into his purse, being reserved as a fund for his charities. Mr. Fogg played, not to win, but for the sake of playing. The game was in his eyes a contest, a struggle with a difficulty, yet a motionless, unwearying struggle, congenial to his tastes.

Phileas Fogg was not known to have either wife or children, which may happen to the most honest people; either relatives or near friends, which is certainly more unusual. He lived alone in his house in Saville Row, whither none penetrated. A single domestic sufficed to serve him. He breakfasted and dined at the club, at hours mathematically fixed, in the same room, at the same table, never taking his meals with other members, much less bringing a guest with him; and went home at exactly midnight, only to retire at once to bed. He never used the cosy chambers which the Reform provides for its favoured members. He passed ten hours out of the twenty-four in Saville Row, either in sleeping or making his toilet. When he chose to take a walk, it was with a regular step in the entrance hall with its mosaic flooring, or in the circular gallery with its dome supported by twenty red porphyry Ionic columns, and illumined by blue painted windows. When he breakfasted or dined, all the resources of the club--its kitchens and pantries, its buttery and dairy--aided to crowd his table with their most succulent stores; he was served by the gravest waiters, in dress coats, and shoes with swan-skin soles, who proffered the viands in special porcelain, and on the finest linen; club decanters, of a lost mould, contained his sherry, his port, and his cinnamon-spiced claret; while his beverages were refreshingly cooled with ice, brought at great cost from the American lakes.
If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity!

The mansion in Saville Row, though not sumptuous, was exceedingly comfortable. The habits of its occupant were such as to demand but little from the sole domestic; but Phileas Fogg required him to be almost superhumanly prompt and regular. On this very 2nd of October he had dismissed James Forster, because that luckless youth had brought him shaving-water at eighty-four degrees Fahrenheit instead of eighty-six; and he was awaiting his successor, who was due at the house between eleven and half-past.

Phileas Fogg was seated squarely in his arm-chair, his feet close together like those of a grenadier on parade, his hands resting on his knees, his body straight, his head erect; he was steadily watching a complicated clock which indicated the hours, the minutes, the seconds, the days, the months, and the years. At exactly half-past eleven Mr. Fogg would, according to his daily habit, quit Saville Row, and repair to the Reform.

A rap at this moment sounded on the door of the cosy apartment where Phileas Fogg was seated, and James Forster, the dismissed servant, appeared.

"The new servant," said he.

A young man of thirty advanced and bowed.

"You are a Frenchman, I believe," asked Phileas Fogg, "and your name is John?"

"Jean, if monsieur pleases," replied the new-comer, "Jean Passepartout, a surname which has clung to me because I have a natural aptness for going out of one business into another. I believe I'm honest, monsieur, but, to be outspoken, I've had several trades. I've been an itinerant singer, a circus-rider, when I used to vault like Leotard, and dance on a rope like Blondin. Then I got to be a professor of gymnastics, so as to make better use of my talents; and then I was a sergeant fireman at Paris, and assisted at many a big fire. But I quitted France five years ago, and, wishing to taste the sweets of domestic life, took service as a valet here in England. Finding myself out of place, and hearing that Monsieur Phileas Fogg was the most exact and settled gentleman in the United Kingdom, I have come to monsieur in hope of living with him a tranquil life, and forgetting even the name of Passepartout."

"Passepartout suits me," responded Mr. Fogg. "You are well recommended to me; I hear a good report of you. You know my conditions?"

"Yes, monsieur."

"Good. What time is it?"

"Twenty-two minutes after eleven," returned Passepartout, drawing an enormous silver watch from the depths of his pocket.

"You are too slow," said Mr. Fogg.

"Pardon me, monsieur, it is impossible--"

"You are four minutes too slow. No matter; it's enough to mention the error. Now from this moment, twenty-nine minutes after eleven, a.m., this Wednesday, October 2nd, you are in my service."
Phileas Fogg got up, took his hat in his left hand, put it on his head with an automatic motion, and went off without a word.

Passepartout heard the street door shut once; it was his new master going out. He heard it shut again; it was his predecessor, James Forster, departing in his turn. Passepartout remained alone in the house in Saville Row.


CHAPTER 2


In which Passepartout is convinced that he has at last found his ideal


FAITH," MUTTERED Passepartout, somewhat flurried, "I've seen people at Madame Tussaud's as lively as my new master!"

Madame Tussaud's "people," let it be said, are of wax, and are much visited in London; speech is all that is wanting to make them human.

During his brief interview with Mr. Fogg, Passepartout had been carefully observing him. He appeared to be a man about forty years of age, with fine, handsome features, and a tall, well-shaped figure; his hair and whiskers were light, his forehead compact and unwrinkled, his face rather pale, his teeth magnificent. His countenance possessed in the highest degree what physiognomists call "repose in action," a quality of those who act rather than talk. Calm and phlegmatic, with a clear eye, Mr. Fogg seemed a perfect type of that English composure which Angelica Kauffmann has so skilfully represented on canvas. Seen in the various phases of his daily life, he gave the idea of being perfectly well-balanced, as exactly regulated as a Leroy chronometer. Phileas Fogg was, indeed, exactitude personified, and this was betrayed even in the expression of his very hands and feet; for in men, as well as in animals, the limbs themselves are expressive of the passions.

He was so exact that he was never in a hurry, was always ready, and was economical alike of his steps and his motions. He never took one step too many, and always went to his destination by the shortest cut; he made no superfluous gestures, and was never seen to be moved or agitated. He was the most deliberate person in the world, yet always reached his destination at the exact moment.

He lived alone, and so to speak, outside of every social relation; and as he knew that in this world account must be taken of friction, and that friction retards, he never rubbed against anybody.
As for Passepartout, he was a true Parisian of Paris. Since he had abandoned his own country for England, taking service as a valet, he had in vain searched for a master after his own heart. Passepartout was by no means one of those pert dunces depicted by Molire, with a bold gaze and a nose held high in the air; he was an honest fellow, with a pleasant face, lips a trifle protruding, soft-mannered and serviceable, with a good round head, such as one likes to see on the shoulders of a friend. His eyes were blue, his complexion rubicund, his figure almost portly and well built, his body muscular, and his physical powers fully developed by the exercises of his younger days. His brown hair was somewhat tumbled; for while the ancient sculptors are said to have known eighteen methods of arranging Minerva's tresses, Passepartout was familiar with but one of dressing his own: three strokes of a large-tooth comb completed his toilet.

It would be rash to predict how Passepartout's lively nature would agree with Mr. Fogg. It was impossible to tell whether the new servant would turn out as absolutely methodical as his master required; experience alone could solve the question. Passepartout had been a sort of vagrant in his early years, and now yearned for repose; but so far he had failed to find it, though he had already served in ten English houses. But he could not take root in any of these; with chagrin he found his masters invariably whimsical and irregular, constantly running about the country, or on the look-out for adventure. His last master, young Lord Longferry, Member of Parliament, after passing his nights in the Haymarket taverns, was too often brought home in the morning on policemen's shoulders. Passepartout, desirous of respecting the gentleman whom he served, ventured a mild remonstrance on such conduct; which being ill received, he took his leave. Hearing that Mr. Phileas Fogg was looking for a servant, and that his life was one of unbroken regularity, that he neither travelled nor stayed from home overnight, he felt sure that this would be the place he was after. He presented himself, and was accepted, as has been seen.

At half-past eleven, then, Passepartout found himself alone in the house in Saville Row. He began its inspection without delay, scouring it from cellar to garret. So clean, well-arranged, solemn a mansion pleased him; it seemed to him like a snail's shell, lighted and warmed by gas, which sufficed for both these purposes. When Passepartout reached the second story, he recognized at once the room which he was to inhabit, and he was well satisfied with it. Electric bells and speaking-tubes afforded communication with the lower stories; while on the mantel stood an electric clock, precisely like that in Mr. Fogg's bedchamber, both beating the same second at the same instant. "That's good, that'll do," said Passepartout to himself.

He suddenly observed, hung over the clock, a card which, upon inspection, proved to be a programme of the daily routine of the house. It comprised all that was required of the servant, from eight in the morning, exactly at which hour Phileas Fogg rose, till half-past eleven, when he left the house for the Reform Club,--all the details of service, the tea and toast at twenty-three minutes past eight, the shaving-water at thirty-seven minutes past nine, and the toilet at twenty minutes before ten. Everything was regulated and foreseen that was to be done from half-past eleven a.m. till midnight, the hour at which the methodical gentleman retired.

Mr. Fogg's wardrobe was amply supplied and in the best taste. Each pair of trousers, coat, and vest bore a number, indicating the time of year and season at which they were in turn to be laid out for wearing; and the same system was applied to the master's shoes. In short, the house in Saville Row, which must have been a very temple of disorder and unrest under the illustrious but dissipated Sheridan, was cosiness, comfort, and method idealized. There was no study, nor were there books, which would have been quite useless to Mr. Fogg; for at the Reform two libraries, one of general literature and the other of law and politics, were at his service. A moderate-sized safe stood in his bedroom, constructed so as to defy fire as well as burglars; but Passepartout found neither arms nor hunting weapons anywhere; everything betrayed the most tranquil and peaceable habits.

Table of Contents


Notes to the Teacher     4
Facts About the Author     5
Facts About the Times     6
Facts About the Characters     6
Chapter Summaries     7
Answer Key     10
Literary Glossary     12
Chapter Exercises
Words and Meanings, Ch. 1     14
Recalling Details, Ch. 1     15
Synonyms and Antonyms, Ch. 1     16
Words and Meanings, Ch. 2     17
Cause and Effect, Ch. 2     18
Words and Meanings, Ch. 3     19
Sequence of Events, Ch. 3     20
Words and Meanings, Ch. 4     21
Comprehension Check, Ch. 4     22
Inference, Ch. 4     23
Words and Meanings, Ch. 5     24
Recalling Details, Ch. 5     25
Words and Meanings, Ch. 6     26
Sequence of Events, Ch. 6     27
Character Study, Ch. 6     28
Words and Meanings, Ch. 7     29
Cause and Effect, Ch. 7     30
Words and Meanings, Ch. 8     31
Comprehension Check, Ch. 8     32
Words and Meanings, Ch. 9     33
Comprehension Check, Ch. 9     34
Words and Meanings, Ch. 10     35
Sequence of Events, Ch. 10     36
Personalizing Story Events, Ch. 10     37
End-of-Book Exercises
Book Sequence     38
Final Exam, Part 1     39
Final Exam, Part 2     40
Universal Exercises
Beyond the Text     41
Plot Study     42
Theme Analysis     43
Character Study     44
Vocabulary Study     45
Glossary Study     46
Book Review, Part 1     47
Book Review, Part 2     48

Reading Group Guide

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. Set from the text of George M. Towle's original 1873 translation, this Modern Library Paperback Classic of Verne's adventure novel comes vividly alive, brilliantly reflecting on time, space, and one man's struggle to reach beyond the bounds of both science and society.

1. Having been born into a family that had made their living from the sea, Jules Verne spent his early years in a seaport town. When he was still young, Verne himself became a cabin boy on a merchant ship. In what ways do you think these elements of the author's own life may have influenced Around the World in Eighty Days?

2. Verne became very involved with theater while studying law in Paris and is the author of many plays. What elements in this novel do you think came out of Verne's theatrical experiences? After Eighty Days was published, Verne received many requests to dramatize the work. Do you think the book has particularly theatrical elements that would lead to its adaptation as a play?

3. Around the World in Eighty Days is considered one of the most popular adventure novels of all time. What do you think of this characterization and how would you compare it to contemporary adventure novels and films? What elements of the adventure genre have changed overtime, and where do you think today's adventure authors owe a debt to Verne?

4. Although the story begins in London, it eventually spans the entire globe. Despite the international setting, this book is distinctly British in many ways. Why might Verne have chosen a protagonist that is so quintessentially British, while the author himself was French?

5. Verne had an avid interest in science, particularly geology and geography, and was somewhat of an inventor. After having read Around the World in Eighty Days, does it surprise you that Verne is considered by many to be the father of science fiction? Where do you think Verne's scientific expertise adds to the story?

6. For Verne, the world is shrinking; exploration has given way to tourism and imperialism. In his Introduction, Bruce Sterling argues that comments on globalization in Eighty Days are particularly relevant today. Would you agree? What evidence can you find to support this, and what lessons do you think we can learn from this novel today?

7. In many ways, Verne's tale is one about the future, and many of his ideas have come to pass. Now that it is relatively easy to go around the world in eighty days, why is this tale still entertaining and relevant?

8. Many of the characters in the novel have names that in some way illuminate their roles. Why do you think Verne chose to call his hero Fogg, the detective Fix, and the assistant Passepartout, which means skeleton key in French?

9. Why do you think the hero, the mysterious Phileas Fogg, accepts the bet to travel the globe in eighty days?

10. When the book was written, the Parsee Indian Aouda represented the unknown and the exotic, but in many ways she is the character that the modern reader finds most familiar. Do you think this is true? In what ways is she now more modern than many of the other characters?

11. The precise and very British Phileas Fogg and his valet, the comic and very French Passepartout, are strikingly different characters. In what ways do their differences help to elucidate their individual character traits? Why does Verne include this relationship? Most of the time Passepartout is more a hindrance to his employer than helpful. Why do you think Fogg keeps him? In what ways does he serve to advance the plot, particularly with Aouda?

12. In many ways, Fogg's travels are more than just a race around the world but a quest, one in which the hero returns somehow transformed. Do you think Fogg's character is changed when he returns to London at the end of the challenge?

13. At the conclusion of the novel, the narrator asserts that Phileas Fogg in his journey has gained nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men! Verne seems to be making the point that love and human relationships are more important than winning bets or other material gains. Do you think that the rest of the novel would support this assertion? If not, why might Verne have included it?

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Around the World in Eighty Days (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 302 reviews.
seeGreen More than 1 year ago
I recently reread this book for this first time since I had to in school, many years ago. Although it seems a fairly simplistic read, it still has a plot, while plausible and adventures, also plausible, that kept me wanting to keep reading it and finish the entire story. Phileus Fogg and his servent Passeportout make up the main characters, almost in an odd couple styling. Traveling by any means necessary to win a bet (not the money, but the honor) they are constantly playing off of each other with their conflicting attitudes. I would recommend this for any young reader, it is a classic and easy to read and quick as well. For an older reader or an adult, in today's view it can seem simplistic and dated, and unchallenged, but it is still a great work by Jules Verne. To anyone who hasn't read it, go for it, you have nothing to lose except a couple hours in which you can be with the imagery and travel to Egypt, India, Japan, American and back to London in a simpler time, yet many of the problems put into the path of Fogg, one can relate to today in their modern versions.
Jeff Sebest More than 1 year ago
I would reccomend this book to anyone
Tonya Snyder More than 1 year ago
it was an interesting book but dont watch movie before reading.
Boys-on-a-boat More than 1 year ago
To start off, this is a classic book. If this was a badly written book, I don't think it would be a classic. Around the World in Eighty Days tells the adventures of Phileas Fogg, a man who made a wager of twenty thousand pounds that he could go all the way around the world in exactly eighty days. And sorry to say, Jackie Chan does not help him along the way. The author Jules Verne writes the book to a certain perspective that comes from almost every main character's point of veiw. In addition to the main plot, their is a suspenseful subplot in which a clever Detective Fix snoops out Mr. Fogg, who is a suspect for the theft of fifty thousand pounds! The book is rich with character developement. Phileas and his servant Passepartout show great change throughout their journey. Also, a love story evolves as Fogg meets Aouda, an Indian woman who was about to be sacrified by a thuggee tribe, until Fogg and his crew came to the rescue! Now we get to this edition of the novel. Really it adds nothing but an introduction by James Hynes. The intro is well written but unnecassary, it slows down the suspense you have when you open up to the first page. One plus to this edition is the cover illustration. It features a man in a hot air balloon and a map of the world in the background. The problem is that Phileas Fogg does not travel once in this book by hot air balloon or any form of air transportation for that matter. Over all you want to get this book. However you could probably find a much nicer edition of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This great novel by Jules Verne is about an Englishman who makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Jules Verne describes the protagonist's journey through the American plains in great detail but his ability to describe these legendary plains does not compare to seeing them with your own eyes. As I have already seen them, I found these sections of description rather dull. For instance when he stated that they 'observed the varied landscape which unfolded itself as they passed along; the vast prairies, the mountains lining the horizon, and the creeks with their frothy, foaming streams'. I found this not to portray the real essence of the plains as I found the plains to feel as if they go on forever. Verne's description does not show the real vastness of the plains. It does not describe a real picture of the towering mountains, plains or the streams. I would describe the plains to go on as far as the eye can see. The yellowish-brown fields surrounded by fences, stretching out for miles and miles, with no trees to be seen. I sensed a stronger feeling of being the only thing in the entire plains. His words do not seem to be expressive enough to me. In another segment along their long journey, the protagonist, Phileas Fogg, suggests that he and his friends rescue an Indian princess from death. This is a courageous act on his part and on the part of his partners. They secretly hide behind bushes near the large group of people where the princess is to be burned alive next to her dead husband. They attempt to break into the room where the unconscious princess is hidden but have to rush back to their hiding spot to escape from the guards. At dawn, just before the princess is to be killed, Passepartout, the courageous, brave, servant of Phileas Fogg, inconspicuously races up to the princess. Then, waiting for the right moment, he jumps up out of the flames where her dead husband lies, saves the princess, creating the illusion that the Prince returned to the living and rescued his wife. This act shows Passepartout's bravery and courage. Passepartout, without any second thoughts, risked his life for the princess he had never met before. This act is very courageous indeed. Jules Verne's ability to portray a character's thoughts and actions through his writings, as was just demonstrated, makes this book of great value. This is a great book because it shows you what things are like in different parts of the world, as I described in the previous paragraphs. It has a thrilling, adventurous plot, along with characters that are almost real. All these ingredients put together make a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haha this book was nothing like the movie... it was even better!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! It is a bit slow at first, but give it a few chapters and you'll really get into it. Also, as opposed o most free books, it is not so full of typos that you can hardly read it. There are a few but not many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phileas Fogg, a somewhat rich London man makes a bet of 20000 euros with the people of the reform club that he could travel around the world in 80 days. While he does that, the reform club makes him look guilty and a spy is chasing him. He used lots of different types of tools to travel including some that you don’t see often. One of the transportation tools that I thought was interesting was a wagon powered by wind. I thought that Phileas is really stupid to make that bet because at last, he only gains a profit of about 200 euros while arriving at the last second and sacrificing a several dogs promising a taxi driver 200 euros. Around the world in 80 days is a very interesting book. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys adventurous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the descriptions of the charectors are nery good and i reccomend this book to anyone with a thirst of adventure and does not mind all the punctual errors and for it being old timey. I also reccomend the movie. Just search , around the world in eighty days staring jackie chan. :3
Nautilus More than 1 year ago
The daring quest of Phileas Fogg to travel the world within 80 days with twenty-thousand pounds sterlings of his fortune at stake that comes down to the wire. It is definitely one of those books that everyone should read within their life time.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
Contrary to what many people (who have not read this book) believe and despite the cover of many printings of this book: There is NO hot-air-balloon in this book. This false belief has been instilled in us through modern media. However, without the hot-air-balloon and bullfighting (?), this book is still a fascinating tale of adventure. Even so, if you are looking for a quick fix for a book report I encourage the reader to go beyond the illustrated cover and movie to find a copy of Jule's Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" and read it. And furthermore, SparkNotes should be reviewed in hindsight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jules Verne¿s Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg begins his journey in London and travels throughout the world. Fogg makes a wager of 20,000 pounds that he can travel the world in eighty days. Passepartout, his servant travels alongside him with Detective Fix close on their trail because he suspects that Fogg is the robber of the Bank of England. Their fast paced journey takes them through many obstacles like battling with Indians, racing through the jungle, and saving the beautiful princess Aouda. Personally I thought this novel was quite a good book. It was very creative, I enjoyed reading it, and it kept me on my toes throughout the whole book. I thought it was very exciting because there was one obstacle after the next and they never seemed to stop the race against time. The only thing I did not like about this novel is that Jules Verne puts so much detail about the setting and cultures that Fogg visits, it starts to get boring in some places.I would recommend this book to anybody who likes adventures and to people who like to learn about the different places around the world. I think this book is a good read for people of all ages and is packed with action, suspense, and adventure in this trip around the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is a story about a man named Phileas Fogg who lived by a routine schedule. Fogg had just fired his man servant for not bringing him his water for shaving at the right temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit but instead at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Fogg gets another man servant named Jean Passepartout who is going to travel around the world in eighty days with Mr. Fogg but does not know it yet. The bet all started when Phileas Fogg went to the Reform Club for his daily routine. He had his meal, read, had his meal, and then played whist with his fellow reform members. The other reform members are debating on whether of not the thief who stole money from the Bank of London could escape easily. That is when Phileas Fogg says that it is possible, and bets half of his fortune-20,000 pounds- that it is possible. He walks calmly home and tells Passepartout to get everything ready in 10 minutes because they are leaving for Dover and Calais. Fogg and Passepartout go on their way, but Detective Fix wishes to arrest Phileas Fogg because he thinks Fogg robbed the Bank of London. They face many difficulties, but Phileas Fogg still had his confidence and calm ways. From trains to ships to an elephant, from being beaten for wearing shoes in a sacred place by accident to saving damsels in distress from being sacrificed all the way to being attacked on a train by the Souix. Jules Verne does a beautiful job describing the beauty and the horror of the countries Fogg, Passepartout, and Aouda face off against. I really enjoyed this book because it had comedy, adventure, and science involved in the lives of many people, and how one man set out to show that it was possible to go around the world in eighty days and the other a servant along for the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This marvelous book by Jules Verne is a must for every book lover everywhere! Mr. Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, sets his whole life to the time of his watch. Every morning he gets up and goes to the reform club to play cards with his chums. Well one day, his friends and Phileas Fogg gets into a discussion and out of nowhere he bets his whole life savings he can make it around the world in 80 days. It was thought to be impossible by everyone but Phileas Fogg as determined to prove everyone wrong. So right away his new servant, Mr. Passepartout, and Phileas Fogg set out on their very exciting adventure around the world. The only thing that can stop them now is a detective, Detective Fix, who thinks that Mr. Phileas Fogg is the man that robbed a bank in London. Mr. Fix travels on his adventure to stop him at all cost. I am not going to give out anything else about they¿re daring, ride around the world but your sure can bet it is going to be very exciting. I believe this was a very interesting tale from beginning to end with a bunch of surprises along the way such as an Indian princess that will be killed if Mr. Fogg doesn¿t put a foot in to stop it. You never know what Jules Verne had up his sleeve every turning of the page, you knew it was going to be good but never knew what. After the first two chapters I never put it down to the end! This was certainly a book that kept you on the edge of your seat with every word read. I think his setting of the 1800¿s and the English characters certainly added a little something to the mix to make it even better! All of his characters had there own special place in the story, which made it all come together. Also how he used the language of that time period made you feel like you was in the 1800¿s in the reform club talking about his adventure with Mr. Fogg. Then he used a lot of different things to make you feel like you were right there on Mr. Phileas Fogg¿s right side. All of this made this book one of the best I have every read. All in all, this was a wonderful book that I think was very exciting and mysterious all in one! I defiantly think anyone who is thinking about reading this book should and even if you aren¿t still read it. I know that after the first two chapters you will be hooked like I was!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the novel, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg a determined Englishman, made a possibly life changing bet with his cronies. He bet that he could travel the entire globe in 80 days. Many people believed that Mr. Fogg could not circumnavigate the world in such a short period of time. I thought that this challenge could be met if everything could be perfectly executed. then the probability of an accident or mishap came to mind and just one problem could throw the whole schedule off track. Phileas Fogg had the trip planned out, even with the probability of an accident in mind. Could he make the journey and reach London to recieve his money at quarter to nine in the evening on December 21st? I had my doubts in the man's plan just like many other readers. With great determination, Phileas Fogg set out on his trek around the world. Mr. Fogg traveled with his gracious servant Passepartout close to his side and a snoopy detective, Mr. Fix, hot on his trail. Mr. Fogg had been accused of robbing a bank in England. Mr. Fix, planning to arrest Phileas Fogg in India, was averted due to the delay of the warrant. The three traveled to India, saving a beautiful princess from her death, and on to China and Japan. Inconveniences occured with delay, the travelers missing a steamer after steamer they needed to take in order to make time. Aouda, the princess, now accompanied the three. They wisked across teh Pacific onto trains in the United States. When a band of Sioux Indians attacked the train, they took Passepartout prisoner. Mr. Fogg retrieved his servent and continued on their journey. With the undying determination that kept the travelers on their way, and ventured onto the Atlantic Ocean. In England, Fix arrested Mr. Fogg not knowing the robber had been caught. Phileas Fogg and his companions arrived in London thinking they were late. The catch was that they were a day early, thus making the journey around the world in eight days. He didn't lose or gain any money but did take Aouda as his wife. Mr. Fogg kept his calm and keen composure throughout the journey. He dismissed his orderly ways after finding out he had been late. This was one of the only changes that Phileas Fogg went through on his journey. I thought this story was excellent inteh way Jules Verne presented the world as Phileas Fogg traveled upon it. I enjoyed reading the novel and understanding the many different ways of life throughout the world. I would recommend this novel to anybody who wants to read an entertaining novel about many different parts of the world.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You know the story and so forth, but what you might not know (unless you are psychic or I already told you) is that this book had a life-changing effect on me.One has to read the right books at the right time, especially in childhood. Frankly, one has to read in childhood - this point is critical. I read this beautiful little novel, and for a time the world lay stretched out before me, a perfect little world full of adventure just waiting to be explored.The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that it was this book that caused me to become so obsessed with travel. I've always dreamt of far-away places, and having read this book during my formative years, and having loved every page, there's a strong possibility that I owe Verne my very ambitions. Thank you, sir.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great fun to read, although the cover is incorrect (showing camels). Interesting to note because the Barnes and Noble book jackets talks about the "wrongness" of the balloon in the Fifties film version. Fast paced, full of action, and why did I not read it years ago!
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this in Jr. High School and fell in love with Verne's novels. In 1872 Phileas Fogg wagers that he can circle the earth in eighty days; and traveling by steamer, railway, carriage, sledge, and elephant he wins his bet in seventy-nine days, twenty-three hours, and fifty-seven minutes. Verne builds the suspense and populates the book with strange places and characters that makes it difficult to put down. I would recommend this to dreamers and readers of all ages.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the ultimate travel tale. It's full of adventure and suspense spiced with humor and romance. It's lighthearted fun, yet it touches on social issues of its era such as the status and treatment of women in India and opium use in China.It's interesting that, while there are lots of characters in the book, there is only one female. Her character is less developed than the male characters, and she has a mostly passive role in the action. I don't read many adventure novels, and I haven't read any of Verne's other books, so perhaps this is typical of the genre.This story lends itself well to reading aloud or listening to on audio. I listened to an audio version on a road trip and it made the time pass quickly.
BryJSmi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne is a decent book. It is very slow in the beginning and has annoying old words. As the story progesses it gets a little better, but still not very good. The book is about a guy (Phileas Fogg) who bets he can make it around the world in 80 days. The book is just a boring account of the stuff he does. This book is very slow and boring and is not recommended to read unless you need to.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first as a read-aloud to my son when he was about 12. We were rivetted, on the edge of our seats. Excitement and humour, a must read.
OtwellS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the story but I was not thrilled about the Illustrated Classics. It was too simple and too basic for me. I enjoyed the action but I felt like a lot was left out to ensure this was set up for juvenile literature and I really think that it could have kept some of the more exciting parts fluffed out rather than condensing it down to the bare bones. All in all, I liked the story and the overall plot. Again, a good many parts were too simple and to me seemed to run very quickly. I would recommend this AS a juvenile literature, but if you are reading this to kind of get an idea about what the story is about, what I was doing, then you are better off just reading the real book and not wasting your time with this.
Clurb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favourite of all Verne's stuff. Fast paced, funny and exciting.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't even begin to count the number of times I've read this book. Every time the adventure is just as fresh and fun and I still hold my breath waiting to see if he'll make it in time. It's a classic for good reason.