Around the World in Eighty Days describes the extraordinary travels of Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout who, in order to win a wager with Fogg's fellow club members, attempt to circumnavigate the globe within 80 days. Pursued by Fix, a private detective who believers Fogg to be a bank robber, the pair cross three continents and two oceans on trains, streamers, an elephant, and anything else they can lay their hands on. Will Phileas and Passepartout make it back to London within the 80 days ? About The Author: Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 ? 24 March 1905) was a French author who helped pioneer the science-fiction genre. He is best known for his novels A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1869-1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater trave l before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before and means of space travel had been devised. He is often referred to as the "Father of science fiction", along with H. G. Wells. Verne is the second most translated author of all time, with 4223 translations, according to Index Translationum. Many of his works have been made into films.
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