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Round the world again in 80 days
Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963.
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Mon premier voyage. English.
Publication Information:
London : Tauris Parke Paperbacks, [2000]

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xvi, 250 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Mon premier voyage (tour du monde en 80 jours).
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Jean Cocteau retraces the most celebrated round-the-world voyage of all time: that of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg in 1873. Taking up an impulsive challenge from the editor of Paris-Soir , Cocteau sets off with his very own 'Passepartout' as companion on a picaresque voyage some sixty-three years after his fictional predecessor. He finds that the journey has lost none of its hazards and adventures as he races around the globe in tramp-ship, railway and ocean liner. Observing and recording the frenetic change of scenes from Athens and Alexandria to Bombay, Rangoon, and Yokohama and finally across the United States, Cocteau's witty, subjective and sometimes outrageous narrative gives this unique travel-memoir a camp and stylish spin.

Author Notes

Born in Maisons-Lafitte, France, on July 5, 1889, Jean Cocteau was a poet, actor, film director, and playwright. Cocteau's first volume of verse, La Lampe d'Aladian, established him as an important contemporary writer.

During recuperation from an opium addiction, Cocteau produced some of his best-known work, including his first motion picture, Blood of a Poet, the play Orpheus, and the novel Les Enfants Terribles. Cocteau later published Difficulty of Being, a loose collection of autobiographical observations. Jean Cocteau died on October 11, 1963, at the age of 74.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1936, Cocteau circled the globe, following the route of Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days and writing regular dispatches about his travels for the newspaper Paris-Soir. (Callow's informative new introduction sets Cocteau's trip in the context of his whole career.) First published in book form (and in English translation) in 1936 and 1937, this compilation of articles remains a rushed and superficial performance, lacking the drama and suspense of Verne's classic. Still, fans of travel writing or of Cocteau will find this whirlwind jaunt an enjoyable romp, studded with startling observations on diverse cultures and flashes of subversive wit. In Rome, the French poet/novelist/dramatist/filmmaker paints a chilling picture of Mussolini's fascism tightening its stranglehold on the nation. In Greece, he sifts forlorn vestiges of the mythical landscape that had fueled his imagination and art. Notions of the exotic, the mysterious Orient and downtrodden yet spiritual people color Cocteau's vivid account of travels in Japan, India, Singapore, Burma, Malaya and Hong Kong. Joining Cocteau on his globe-hopping tour was his lover Marcel Khill, who sought out brothels and opium dens with him. Honolulu, San Francisco, Hollywood, New York all pass by in a blur of hasty impressions, dazzling imagery, clich‚s and scattered genuine insights for, at his best, Cocteau writes with the soul of a poet and the sharp eye of a seasoned world traveler. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When author Jules Verne created the character Phileas Fogg in l873, little did he imagine his Round the World in 80 Days would inspire future writers and adventurers, such as Michael Palin and his Around the World in 80 Days (BBC Bks., 1989). Challenged by the editor of the Paris-Soir, multitalented artist Cocteau and his very own passe-partout set out in l936 to realize Verne's fictitious journey. Originally published in French in l937, this book now appears in an excellent translation that consistently reflects Cocteau's writing style and captures the period in which the book was written. Heading due east via London, Bombay, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New York, Cocteau focuses heavily on the locations visited rather than on the travel itself, making the reading even more informative and enjoyable. As in Palin's endeavor, the descriptive narrative and the wonderful use of analogy provide a true-to-life perspective of a challenging and arduous journey. Libraries should stock all three books for rewarding and interesting comparisons.DJo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario, (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.