Around the World in 80 Days / Five Weeks in a Balloon

Around the World in 80 Days / Five Weeks in a Balloon

Paperback Wadsworth Collection

By (author) Jules Verne, Introduction and notes by Roger Cardinal, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260908
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260902
  • Sales rank: 12,709

Product description

Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) relates the hair-raising journey made as a wager by the Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg, who succeeds - but only just! - in circling the globe within eighty days. The dour Fogg's obsession with his timetable is complemented by the dynamism and versatility of his French manservant, Passepartout, whose talent for getting into scrapes brings colour and suspense to the race against time. Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863) was Verne's first novel. It documents an apocryphal jaunt across the continent of Africa in a hydrogen balloon designed by the omniscient, imperturbable and ever capable Dr Fergusson, the prototype of the Vernian adventurer.

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Editorial reviews

An entry in The Whole Story series, this is an annotated edition of the 1873 classic, printed on coated stock and enhanced by both atmospheric new paintings and hundreds of postage-stamp-sized 19th-century photos and prints. The explanatory captions (credited to Jean-Pierre Verdet only on the copyright page) accompanying the latter are largely superfluous, although they do add random snippets of historical background to the journey. It's the views of old ships and trains, of costumed natives, and distant ports of call - from Port Said to San Francisco - that evoke the tale's panorama of the exotic, just as the many lurid Verne trading cards and other spinoffs capture the plot's melodramatic highlights. A good way to put both book and story in context for young armchair travelers. (Kirkus Reviews)