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Around the World in Eighty Days is a wellknown adventure novel by the Frenhb autbor Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In this story, the Englishman Phileas Fogg sets off for a joumey around the world as a result of a bet with bis friends at the London Reform Club. He sets off that very night, together with bis servant Passepartout, heading for Egypt, through France, and across Europe. At the same time, the Bank of England happens to have been robbed and a detective by the name of Fix believes he has identified Phileas Fogg as the culprit. In Suez, Fix joins the two world travellers, but doesn’t manage to arrest them.
The journey continues to India, where they have to cope with infrastructure problems: the railway lines are incomplete and they are forced to continue on elephants. On their way they save the young widow Aouda who is due to be burnt alongside her dead husband. Their route leads via Hong Kong over China and Japan to America, where they have to deal with buffalo herds, attacking Indians and more. From New York they take a steamboat to Liverpool, where both are arrested by Fix; but soon their innocence is proven and they can bead on for London. The bet appears to be lost, but -as they have saved a day by crossing the date line – they succeed after all.