Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.
Originally published as Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-Vingts Jours.
Pierre-Jules Hetzel: France, 1873.
Edition read trans. by Robert and Jacqueline Baldrick.
E. P. Dutton & Co: NY, 1968.

In this fantastic global trip, Phileas Fogg and his manservant race around the world to win a bet. Detective Fix tries to trip them every step of the way because he believes Fogg committed a bank robbery the day of the bet.

Around the World in Eighty Days is probably the most believable of the Jules Verne stories. Fogg's setbacks and Fix's near misses add drama and comedy to the adventure. Even though we look back at it as a historical reading, it is one of the least outdated of the classics because it is still a great adventure. An adventure we could conceivably make ourselves. Parts of the trip would even still be considered adventurous.

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