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Questions about the works of the French author Jules Verne (1850–1905) or his life as a writer. He is famous for his fictional adventure/exploration works such as 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' (1864), '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' (1870), and 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1872). Use with the [french-language] tag.

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Why does Mr. Fogg set out on his trip around the world in 80 days?

In Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, Mr. Phileas Fogg, the main protagonist, interrupts his exact routine and sets off for a journey around the world, with 20,000 pounds on the line if he ...
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In Verne's "Around the world in 80 days", why would clocks strike at ten before the hour?

This recent question about a time discrepancy in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days reminded me of another time-related oddity I noticed towards the end of the novel. Fogg and co. have been ...
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What are the "eighteen methods of arranging Minerva's tresses"?

In Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, Jean Passepartout, Phileas Fogg's new servant, is introduced. We're given a description, which includes a descrption of his hair: As for Jean, also known ...
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How is 11:22 four minutes slow if it's actually 11:29?

In the first chapter of Around the World in 80 Days, Phileas Fogg meets Jean Passepartout, his new servant, and they introduce themselves. As part of this, Fogg asks Jean what time it is: “...
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If Phileas Fogg had a clock that showed the exact date and time, why didn't he realize that he had arrived a day early?

How can it happen that, with a complicated clock which indicated the hours, the minutes, the seconds, the days, the months, and the years in Fogg's room, as we are told in the first chapter of the &...
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What are the discrepancies between Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas and The Mysterious Island?

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, first published in 1871, is one of Jules Verne's best-known novels. In 1875, Verne published a sequel, The Mysterious Island. The Wikipedia article about the ...
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What was the first work of fiction about flying machines?

There are two stories by Jules Verne which I know about which captured the public imagination about Flying Machines in the 18th century. The first is the somewhat unknown A Trip Round the World in a ...
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Is Jules Verne making fun of the English in Around the World?

I just began reading Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days and Phileas Fogg had just fired his servant for giving him warm water that was by 2 Fahrenheit degrees off (roughly 1 Celsius degree). Fogg ...
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A question about Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea [closed]

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction adventure by French writer Jules Verne (1828-1905). It was adapted into a 1954 American technicolor science fiction adventure film. ...
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Did Verne's "Two Years' Vacation" influence Golding's "Lord of the Flies"?

Jules Verne's 1888 novel Two Years' Vacation (Deux ans de vacances) is about a group of schoolboys who find themselves having to survive on a deserted island. The theme seems similar to the more ...
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Distance unit of Leagues and Miles

I am reading the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the translation by Anthony Bonner published in 1962 by Bantam Books. In chapter 20 around the 16th paragraph on pg. 163 begins: ...
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How long is the Nijni-Novgorod trade fair?

In Jules Verne, Michel Strogoff, part 1 chapter 5, when Michel arrives to Nijni-Novgorod, there's a huge trade fair going on in the city. The text seems to give two contradictory numbers about how ...
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Could you actually go around the world in 80 days?

Around the World in 80 Days is a novel be Jules Verne about an Englishman who makes a bet with some fellow club members that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Nowadays with modern flight, ...
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