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Title:
Around the world in eighty days
Author:
Verne, Jules, 1828-1905.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic, [1990?], 1874.
Physical Description:
237 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
"Apple classics."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.6 12.0 504.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.5 15 Quiz: 00602 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780590430531
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

An eccentric Englishman accepts a challenge to circle the globe with unprecedented speed. Exotic locales, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and comic relief provide a fantastic blend of adventure, entertainment and suspense.


Author Notes

Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. He wrote for the theater and worked briefly as a stockbroker. He is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. His most popular novels included Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Several of his works have been adapted into movies and TV mini-series. In 1892, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in France. He died on March 24, 1905 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography) Jules Verne (1828-1905) is the author of numerous adventure stories grounded in popularizations of science.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It's like 24 for the late 1800s set: there's action, adventure, exotic locales, a robbery, a maiden who needs rescuing, elephants, and, most important, a deadline. Verne's classic story is the latest in the Classics Illustrated series and does well in this graphic novelization. It is a well-drawn and tidy summary of the original story, and the brisk pacing and dialogue keep the plot moving with an appropriate sense of urgency. What is most impressive is the attention paid to details in Soleilhac's full-color artwork. Every panel's background is completely different but fully realized in order to indicate a new setting, whether it be a new city, new form of transportation, or both. This title will appeal to fans of classic adventure stories and will be especially helpful to less confident readers who are having trouble studying the original work. It also pairs well with Matt Phelan's Around the World (2011), about three real-life globetrotters inspired by Verne's story.--Mack, Candice Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The sounds of a chugging steam engine and the orchestral movie-score strains that open this program set the stage for Dale's top-drawer performance of this much-loved adventure story. As one could set a clock by eccentric Phileas Fogg's daily routine, Fogg shocks everyone when he bets his personal fortune that he can complete the trip proposed in the book's title and then sets off on the wild trip. Listeners can almost envision a twinkle in Dale's eye as he delivers the lines of Fogg's traveling companion and man-servant Passepartout in an entertaining, though not over-the-top, French accent. Dale's vibrant, never-hurried reading is pleasantly punctuated by background music of the era at chapter breaks. A bonus afterword notes that this new edition pays homage to Listening Library's very first recording in 1955, of this same book. The added material also mentions the historical and social context of Verne's writings about other cultures, the tone of which would be considered insensitive or offensive by many people today. Ages 8-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-All three adaptations of these classic novels fall prey to the usual pitfalls involved in such a process. The bare outlines of the plots are provided, but character development, a true sense of place and time with regard to setting, and masterful description of the action all go by the wayside. Jungle Book is mistitled as it references only the Mowgli stories and moves from incident to incident so quickly that the "law of the jungle" morals in Kipling's anthropomorphic fables are lost. Treasure Island is written in a similar breakneck, choppy style, and Long John Silver, one of the most memorable characters ever created, is eminently forgettable in this telling. In 80 Days, the historic events that made such a journey even thinkable, like the opening of the Suez Canal and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, are never mentioned, nor is the International Date Line, which enabled Fogg to win his wager, mentioned, let alone explained. The cartoon illustrations in all three volumes border on offensive as no matter which country or culture is depicted, the dot-eyed faces are virtually identical except for minor variations in skin tone. Some illustrations make no sense, as when the action in 80 Days describes the servant Passepartout at the bottom of a circus pyramid, but the picture is of a Japanese tearoom.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, In 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, The house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world. People said that he resembled Byron-at least that his head was Byronic; but he was a bearded, tranquil Byron, who might live on a thousand years without growing old. Certainly an Englishman, it was more doubtful whether Phileas Fogg was a Londoner. He was never seen on 'Change, nor at the Bank, nor in the counting-rooms of the "City"; no ships ever came into London docks of which he was the owner; he had no public employment; he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court, either at the Temple, or Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn; nor had his voice ever resounded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer, or the Queen's Bench, or the Ecclesiastical Courts. He certainly was not a manufacturer; nor was he a merchant or a gentleman farmer. His name was strange To The scientific and learned societies, and he never was known to take part in the sage deliberations of the Royal Institution or the London Institution, The Artisan's Association, or the Institution of Arts and Sciences. He belonged, In fact, To none of the numerous societies which swarm in the English capital, from the Harmonic to that of the Entomologists, founded mainly For The purpose of abolishing pernicious insects. Excerpted from Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Note on the Text and Translationp. xxxii
Select Bibliographyp. xxxvii
A Chronology of Jules Vernep. xlii
Around the World in Eighty Daysp. 1
Appendix A Principal Sourcesp. 203
Appendix B The Playp. 207
Appendix C 'Around the World' as Seen by the Criticsp. 208
Explanatory Notesp. 213