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Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. His classics such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days cemented him as one of the most prominent figures of French literature.
The novel was written in the 1870’s when newspapers were full of stories about the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the USA, the opening of the Suez Canal and the ability to cross India by rail. Phileas Fogg having seen this news has a bet with the members of his club that he can travel around the world in 80 daysand sets off with his valet Passepartout from London on a rainy day. A fast moving adventure that is still relevant to today’s traveller. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.
One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand - whether train or elephant - overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.
Featuring the world-famous characters Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, Around the World in Eighty Days is the exciting, fun story of Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, who makes a fantastic trip as a bet. His adventures, with his French manservant Passepartout, by railway, steamship and elephant, see him travel around the world pursued relentlessly by a detective who mistakes him for a notorious criminal. This edition is retold by John Kennett, and contains the key elements of the story using the author's language. Whether you are a student, or an English language learner, or just looking for something great to read in English, the Word Power English Readers are a series of novels with retold text that captures the best and key elements of the novels they are based on. They come with a free audio CD, character notes, a biography of the author, details about the time in which the book was written, and a glossary of the less familiar words in each book. The level of the Readers is B2 and they are suitable for age 10+ because of the content of the novels.