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Week 20

Teen Reader

Around the World in Eighty Days

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Jules Verne

About the Author

Jules Verne (1828-1905)

Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France in 1828.  His father was a lawyer who expected his son to also become a lawyer, but despite earning his law degree Verne ultimately refused to take over his father’s practice in favor of pursuing his literary career.  He worked as a stockbroker to support himself and his family, writing in the mornings before work.  Jules Verne also took advantage of many opportunities to travel, providing a great deal of inspiration for his books. Verne authored more than sixty books but is most famous for Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Mysterious Island.  Along with H.G. Wells, he is often known as “The Father of Science Fiction”.  His works are the second most translated in the world.  Jules Verne died from complications of diabetes in 1905.

Around the World in 80 Days

An English gentleman stakes half his fortune on his ability to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days.  Meeting obstacles and challenges along the way, the adventurers display courage and creativity trying to meet their goal.

Questions for Around the World in 80 Days

Because of newly invented technology, Phineas Fogg has a chance of traveling around the world in a previously unheard-of short amount of time.  What does he miss by traveling so quickly?

How would you describe Phineas Fogg and Jean Passepartout’s personalities?  It what ways do they differ?  Do you believe their differences help compensate for their weaknesses?

What life lesson does Phineas Fogg learn from Jean Passepartout?

What do you perceive as the traveler’s biggest obstacle during their journey?  Why?

Would you enjoy a timed trip around the world?  Why or why not?

 

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