Verne, Jules

Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)


On a wager, the eccentric English gentleman Phileas Fogg accepts a challenge to circle the globe in 80 days. Follow Phileas and his faithful valet, Passepartout, in this fantastic adventure. They embark on a fantastic, action-packed journey into a world filled with danger and beauty, from India to the American frontier. As one could set a clock by eccentric Phileas Fogg's daily routine, Fogg shocks everyone when he bets his personal fortune that he can complete the trip proposed in the book's title and then sets off on the wild trip.

This novel was written during difficult times both for France and for Jules Verne. It was during the Franco-Prussian War in which Verne was conscripted as a coastguard, he was having money difficulties, his father had died recently, and he had witnessed a public execution which had disturbed him. However despite all this, Verne was excited about his work on the new book, the idea of which came to him one afternoon in a Paris cafe while reading a newspaper. The technological innovations of the 19th century had opened the possibility of rapid circumnavigation and the prospect fascinated Verne and his readership. In particular, technological breakthroughs occurred in 1869-1870 that made a tourist-like around-the-world journey possible for the first time.

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