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  1. Around the World in 80 Days
    Around the World in 80 Days
    Around the World in 80 Days
    Around the World in 80 Days
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  2. Around the World in 80 Days

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Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (roughly £1.6 million today) set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works. The story starts in London on Tuesday, October 1, 1872. Fogg is a rich English gentleman living in solitude. Despite his wealth, Fogg lives a modest life with habits carried out with mathematical precision. Very little can be said about his social life other than that he is a member of the Reform Club. Having dismissed his former valet, James Foster, for bringing him shaving water at 84 °F (29 °C) instead of 86 °F (30 °C), Fogg hires a Frenchman by the name of Jean Passepartout as a replacement. At the Reform Club, Fogg gets involved in an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph stating that with the opening of a new railway section in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He accepts a wager for £20,000 (equal to about £1.6 million today) from his fellow club members, which he will receive if he makes it around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by Passepartout, he leaves London by train at 8:45 P.M. on Wednesday, October 2, 1872, and is due back at the Reform Club at the same time 80 days later, Saturday, December 21, 1872.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Jules Verne
Binding
Paperback
EAN
9781503215153
ISBN
1503215156
Label
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Manufacturer
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
MPN
black & white illustrations
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
130
PartNumber
black & white illustrations
PublicationDate
2014-11-28
Publisher
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Studio
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This book really holds up from my youth. When it was written, circumnavigation of the globe was a HUGE endeavor at any speed. Doing it in 80 days was a ridiculous notion. So the book was a pure action novel in it's time.

Today I can completely circle the Earth in 24 hours if really wanted to for the cost of a few plane tickets that are publicly available. (Or I could join the space program and circle the entire planet in a little under 90 minutes) So in today's society, Around The World in 80 Days isn't exactly an action story.

But it's still a GREAT adventure story! As a kid I read this book and thought it was an amazing adventure. Of course back then just going around the world at any speed sounded amazing. As a kid I barely knew what other States were, much less the other side of the world. When I re-read this recently as an adult, I was worried that I'd destroy my memory of the novel by seeing it in a less interesting light now that I've actually been all... Read more
I can't believe that a 130+ year old book translated to English was good enough to keep me up half the night but this brilliant old gem did. The story features the height of late 1800 steam technology and a couple of heros who want to circumnavigate the earth in 80 days to win a bet. The characters are surprisingly likable and the action is just GREAT. Put this at the top of the queue for great free reads and you will get a wonderful easy read and a brilliant view of the world.
Downloaded this version rather than the free version because I thought the illustrations would engage my son as he read the book for school. Found two major problems:
1. the chapters (or lack of) do not match the version the school is using, such that Chapter 3 on this Kindle version is actually Chapter 7 in the book. My son's reading assignment the first day of school was to read chapters 2 - 4. After reading for over an hour, he finished only Chapter 2. We then read what we thought was Chapter 3 together, never reaching Chapter 4 after much reading. On reviewing the next day's lesson in the school textbook, they summarized a few chapters ahead of what my son was supposed to have read, but the summaries were of text we'd already read together. I viewed the Gutenberg free open source version online and saw that this Kindle version's Chapter 3 is actually Chapter 7 and that we had read through Chapter 12 without ever seeing a chapter heading for Chapters 4, 5, 6, etc... Read more
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