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Around the World in Eighty Days What's Up With the Title?

By Jules Verne

What's Up With the Title?

Yep, Around the World in Eighty Days sort of means what it says: Phileas Fogg is going around the world in eighty days. Not seventy-seven, not eighty-four, just plain eighty. If he can do this, he'll win a bet worth 20,000 pounds. The title is sort of a duh, but we'd argue that maybe Verne did this on purpose: The action and adventure of going around the world was sure to bring readers in; what probably shocked them was the great character development and lessons learned throughout the novel that almost overshadow the in-your-face travel plot.

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