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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Penguin Popular Classics)

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“Around the World in Eighty Days” is a classic adventure novel written by the French author Jules Verne. It was first published in 1873 and is one of Verne’s most famous and beloved works. The story is a thrilling and imaginative tale of a man’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a mere eighty days.

The novel’s main character, Phileas Fogg, is a wealthy and precise Englishman who has a reputation for being punctual and methodical. When a discussion arises among his fellow club members about whether it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days, Fogg accepts a wager to prove that it can be done. He embarks on the journey with his loyal and resourceful French servant, Passepartout.

Their travels take them through various countries and continents, and they encounter a series of obstacles and adventures along the way, including train rides, ocean voyages, and even encounters with Native Americans in the American West. Meanwhile, they are pursued by Detective Fix, who suspects Fogg of being a bank robber.

The novel is a delightful blend of adventure, humor, and a race against time. It also provides vivid descriptions of the various locations Fogg and Passepartout visit during their journey. “Around the World in Eighty Days” reflects the spirit of exploration and technological progress of the 19th century and captures the excitement of circumnavigating the globe.

The book has been adapted into various films, stage plays, and other media over the years and continues to be a beloved classic in adventure literature. Jules Verne’s work has had a lasting influence on the adventure genre and the imagination of readers and travelers.


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