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Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days
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Jules Verne - Author
Frederick Paul Walter - Translator
Excelsior Editions
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 232 pages
Release Date: May 2013
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4679-0

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Paperback - 232 pages
Release Date: May 2013
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4678-3

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Literature’s classic race against the clock.

Part manhunt, part love story, part social satire, but mostly a race against the clock, Around the World in 80 Days is Jules Verne’s most rollicking novel. When Phileas Fogg, a wealthy British gentleman who lives his life “with mathemetical predictability,” bets the fellow members of his club £20,000 that he can circle the earth in just eighty days, he and his new valet, Passepartout, set out on a whirlwind tour of the globe that will challenge their luck, their wits, and their wallets. En route they ride an elephant smack into an exotic murder cult, steer an undersized sailboat through rampaging storms, and outrun sharp-shooting Sioux, man-eating wolves, and Scotland Yard’s dimmest detective—only to see everything go hopelessly haywire until Verne springs the slyest of surprise endings. It’s one of the planet’s favorite thrillers, and Frederick Paul Walter’s reader-friendly translation captures its roguish wit and humor, packages its Americana with exceptional accuracy (one-fourth of the tale takes place in the United States), and is complete and unabridged down to the smallest substantive detail.

“…Around the World in 80 Days is the entertainment gem in Verne’s output.” —

Jules Verne was born in 1828 into a French lawyering family in the Atlantic coastal city of Nantes. Though his father sent him off to a Paris law school, young Jules had been writing on the side since his early teens, and his pet topics were the theater, travel, and science. Predictably enough, his legal studies led nowhere, so Verne took a day job with a stock brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies while also publishing short stories and novelettes of scientific exploration and adventure.

His big breakthrough came when he combined his theatrical knack with his scientific bent and in 1863 published an African adventure yarn, Five Weeks in a Balloon. After that and until his death in 1905, Jules Verne was one of the planet’s best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing more than sixty books. Other imaginative favorites by him include The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum’s Millions, Master of the World, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks among the five most translated authors in history, along with Mark Twain and the Bible.

Praise for Amazing Journeys

“...a unique and impressive red, white, and blue-collar collection of refreshing translations of Verne that gives new life to some of the old storyteller’s most famous tales.” — Science Fiction Studies

“…this new version emphasizes the wit, theatricality, and brilliance captured by the writer in these remarkable tales. Here is a classic series of adventures that, in spite of technological advances, will still enthrall the reader, and should be part of every young person’s library.” — San FranciscoBook Review

Frederick Paul Walter is a scriptwriter, broadcaster, librarian, and amateur paleontologist. A long-standing member of the North American Jules Verne Society, he served as its vice president from 2000 to 2008. Walter has produced many media programs, articles, reviews, and papers on aspects of Jules Verne and has translated many Verne novels, including Amazing Journeys: Five Visionary Classics and The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, both also published by SUNY Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface

1. In which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout mutually accept each other as master and manservant

2. Where Passepartout is convinced he has found perfection at last

3. Where a conversation takes place that could cost Phileas Fogg a fortune

4. In which Phileas Fogg astounds his manservant Passepartout

5. In which a new share shows up on the London stock market

6. In which Fix the investigator is understandably impatient

7. Which demonstrates once again that passports are no help in police work

8. In which Passepartout says a bit more than maybe he ought to

9. Where the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean cooperate with Phileas Fogg’s objectives

10. Where Passpartout gets off easy with just the loss of his shoes

11. Where Phileas Fogg buys a fabulously expensive form of transportation

12. Where Phileas Fogg and his companions venture through the forests of India and what comes of it

13. In which Passepartout proves once again that luck and pluck are partners

14. In which Phileas Fogg goes down the whole wonderful valley of the Ganges without even thinking to look at it

15. Where the bag of banknotes gets lighter by another couple thousand pounds

16. Where Fix plays dumb when he hears certain things

17. Which deals with this and that during the crossing from Singapore and Hong Kong

18. In which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout, and Fix go about their separate business

19. Where Passepartout grows extremely concerned for his master and what comes of it

20. In which Fix makes direct contact with Phileas Fogg

21. Where the Tankadère’s skipper is in real danger of losing his £200 bonus

22. Where Passepartout finds that even halfway around the world, it’s wise to have a little money in your pocket

23. In which Passepartout’s nose gets outlandishly long

24. During which they cross the whole Pacific Ocean

25. Which gives a brief glimpse of San Francisco at election time

26. In which we ride an express train on the Pacific Railroad

27. During which Passepartout takes a course in Mormon history at a speed of twenty miles per hour

28. In which Passepartout can’t get anybody to use his head

29. Which will describe assorted incidents that are met with only on Union railroads

30. In which Phileas Fogg simply does what’s right

31. Where Insepctor Fix behaves in Phileas Fogg’s best interests

32. In which Phileas Fogg grapples with misfortune

33. In which Phileas Fogg rises to the occasion

34. Which gives Passepartout the chance to crack an outrageous but possibly original joke

35. In which Passepartout doesn’t ned to be told twice to do what his master says

36. Where shares in Phileas Fogg are back at a premium on the stock market

37. Which demonstrates that Phileas Fogg didn’t gain a thing by going around the world—other than happiness

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