Around the World in 80 Days Author:Jules Verne Speed! Speed! And more Speed! In these days of powerful jet airplanes, going around the world in eighty days may not seem to be a hurry at all. Yet, just one hundred years ago, it was barely possible - and not very likely. Railroad, steamship, lumbering elephants - the schedules for all of them had to meet each other precisely to make such a ... more »wild notion to come true. And when you add to that the difficulties encountered with savage Indians, a detective who mistakes the traveler for a notorious criminal, and all the other problems of girdling a younger less-tamed world, it turns out to be quite an adventure.
Phileas Fogg, the English gentleman, who makes the fantastic trip on a bet, and his French manservant, Passepartout, are lively, contrasting characters - exactly the right partners to give the story its flavor of humor and excitement.« less