One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days – and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well-established 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.
About the Author
In 1863, Jules Verne (1828-1905) published Five Weeks in a Balloon, and struck a new vein in fiction - stories that combined popular science and exploration. He wrote 54 novels in the Extraordinary Voyages series. Michael Glencross, the translator, has written widely on French literature and culture. Brian Aldiss is a distinguished Science Fiction writer as well as a poet, essayist, dramatist, SF historian and critic. His lastest work is Super-State: A Novel of Future Europe (2002).
"The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived."--Arthur C. Clarke
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. xxv|
|Note on the Translation||p. xxvii|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th February 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.0 x 19.9 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1