Around the World in Eighty Days Author:Jules Verne Le Tour du monde in quatre-vingts jours. Around the World in Eight Days was written 1872, and could not have been written much earlier. Portions of the journey of Phileas Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, are made via the Suez Canal (opened in 1869), the railway across India (1870), and the transcontinental railroad across the United States (1... more »869). Fogg and his companions also travel by elephant, steamer, and a tricked-out sleigh, but never by balloon--that bit of whimsey was introduced by the 1956 film adaptation.
The plot is simple: Fogg, a London gentleman, accepts a 20,000-pound bet from four members of the Reform Club to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. He and Passepartout set out, pursued by Detective Fix of Scotland Yard, who thinks Fogg has robbed a bank and is fleeing the country. Fogg impassively plays whist as accidents, diversions, and surprises, including an Indian attack in Nebraska, waylay the group at every turn, causing Fogg to arrive back at his London club...in time?« less