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Jules Verne , Frederick Paul Walter

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maggio 2013 1438446780 978-1438446783 Reprint
Literature’s classic race against the clock.

Part manhunt, part love story, part social satire, but mostly a race against the clock, Around the World in 80 Days is Jules Verne’s most rollicking novel. When Phileas Fogg, a wealthy British gentleman who lives his life “with mathemetical predictability,” bets the fellow members of his club £20,000 that he can circle the earth in just eighty days, he and his new valet, Passepartout, set out on a whirlwind tour of the globe that will challenge their luck, their wits, and their wallets. En route they ride an elephant smack into an exotic murder cult, steer an undersized sailboat through rampaging storms, and outrun sharp-shooting Sioux, man-eating wolves, and Scotland Yard’s dimmest detective—only to see everything go hopelessly haywire until Verne springs the slyest of surprise endings. It’s one of the planet’s favorite thrillers, and Frederick Paul Walter’s reader-friendly translation captures its roguish wit and humor, packages its Americana with exceptional accuracy (one-fourth of the tale takes place in the United States), and is complete and unabridged down to the smallest substantive detail.

“…Around the World in 80 Days is the entertainment gem in Verne’s output.” — SirReadaLot.org

Jules Verne was born in 1828 into a French lawyering family in the Atlantic coastal city of Nantes. Though his father sent him off to a Paris law school, young Jules had been writing on the side since his early teens, and his pet topics were the theater, travel, and science. Predictably enough, his legal studies led nowhere, so Verne took a day job with a stock brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies while also publishing short stories and novelettes of scientific exploration and adventure.

His big breakthrough came when he combined his theatrical knack with his scientific bent and in 1863 published an African adventure yarn, Five Weeks in a Balloon. After that and until his death in 1905, Jules Verne was one of the planet’s best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing more than sixty books. Other imaginative favorites by him include The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum’s Millions, Master of the World, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks among the five most translated authors in history, along with Mark Twain and the Bible.

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Frederick Paul Walter is a scriptwriter, broadcaster, librarian, and amateur paleontologist. A long-standing member of the North American Jules Verne Society, he served as its vice president from 2000 to 2008. Walter has produced many media programs, articles, reviews, and papers on aspects of Jules Verne and has translated many Verne novels, including Amazing Journeys: Five Visionary Classics and The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, both also published by SUNY Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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5.0 su 5 stelle The world is at your fingertips and just a page turn away! 20 ottobre 2013
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Reviewed by Avery, age 9
This is a classic story written by Jules Verne, who has written over sixty books. He is one of the greatest science fiction writers ever. This book is a great adventure. Phileas Fogg, a really rich Englishman, decides to make a bet with some of the wealthy men from his club that he can travel in a hot air balloon around the world in 80 days. Fogg and his valet go on so many crazy adventures that are plain nonsense that you just can't stop reading. From storms, crazy people, and weird animals, they come across a lot of stuff.
"Am tailing bank robber, one Phileas Fogg. Send arrest warrant immediately to Bombay, British India."
There are a lot of different translated versions of this book and I have read a couple of them now, but this one so far is my favorite. There are cute sketches every couple of pages giving readers a further way to enjoy the book. If you haven't read a Jules Verne book, what are you waiting for? The world is at your fingertips and just a page turn away! Let the adventure begin!*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
*You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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