Original title: Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1873).
Phileas Fogg is the most laconic and orderly of men. His house in Saville Row is run like clockwork and his routine is meticulous. Passepartout, his new servant, is looking for a quiet life, but he is to be disappointed: on the very day he is employed, his master tells him to pack at once for a journey around the world.
At his club that day, Fogg bet half his fortune that he could travel the world in an easterly direction in eighty days; so he and Passepartout begin their voyage. But Detective Fix of Scotland Yard finds it coincidental that Fogg should want to escape England in such a hurry while there is a robber on the loose. Convinced they are one and the same person he joins them on the first leg of their epic travels.
A race against time to save face and fortune, Around the World in Eighty Days is both a thrilling and humorous adventure and a classic story of travel in an age gone by.
Jules Gabriel Verne (1828–1905) was a French author who helped pioneer the science-fiction genre. He is best known for his novels A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869–1870), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) and The Mysterious Island (1875).
Jules Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. Consequently 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, only behind Agatha Christie, with 4162 translations, according to Index Translationum. Some of his works have been made into films.
Jules Verne. Wikipedia.