Around the World in Eighty Days

Paperback | December 9, 2008

byJules VerneTranslated byWilliam Butcher

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Having assured the members of London's exclusive Reform Club that he will circumnavigate the world in 80 days, Fogg - stiff, repressed, English - starts by joining forces with an irrepressible Frenchman, Passepartout, and then with a ravishing Indian beauty, Aouda. Together they slice throughjungles, over snowbound passes, even across an entire isthmus - only to get back five mintues late. Fogg faces despair and suicide, but Aouda makes a new man of him, able to face even the Reform Club again. Around the World in Eighty Days (1872) contains a strong dose of post-Romantic reality plus extensive borrowing from the author's own Journey to England and Scotland - but not a shred of science fiction. Its modernism lies instead in the experimental literary technique, with parallel plots, anarrator constantly made to look foolish, four characters in search of their own unconscious, and a unique twisting of space and time. Verne's classic, a bestseller for over a century, has never appeared in a critical edition before. William Butcher's stylish new translation moves as fast and as brilliantly as Fogg's own journey.

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Having assured the members of London's exclusive Reform Club that he will circumnavigate the world in 80 days, Fogg - stiff, repressed, English - starts by joining forces with an irrepressible Frenchman, Passepartout, and then with a ravishing Indian beauty, Aouda. Together they slice throughjungles, over snowbound passes, even across...

William Butcher is Head of Languages at Ysing Yi Technical College, Hong Kong.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.55 inPublished:December 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199552517

ISBN - 13:9780199552511

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