After making an audacious wager, the wealthy and eccentric Phileas Fogg attempts a seemingly impossible feat—to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.
Upon making a bet with his colleagues at the Reform Club, the otherwise mechanically predictable Phileas Fogg sets off on a race to travel around the world in no more than eighty days. With £20,000 on the line, every hour is crucial. Accompanied by his emotional French manservant, Passepartout, Fogg travels east from London, making stops in Suez, Bombay, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New York, traveling by rail, steamship, elephant, sailboat, and sledge. The two are followed all the while by Detective Fix of the London Police, who is convinced that Fogg is the man suspected in a robbery of the Bank of England that occurred shortly before the start of this curious journey. The wild adventures of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout as they race across continents and oceans have entertained readers since the book's first publication in 1873.
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Jules Verne (1828–1905) was born in France. Around the World in Eighty Days has long been his most popular novel. Verne is credited with creating the genre of science fiction with such other works as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.