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Circumnavigation was nothing new. Speedy circumnavigation was new, but not unheard of, and Around the World wasn't positing anything outlandish or even vaguely sci-fi. It's a story celebrating what the British Empire had already accomplished, not postulating what might be possible in the future. Verne himself claims to have been inspired by an early 1860s ...


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It was possible, but not easy. The difficulty of the task accounts for the substantial amount of the bet: £20,000 in 1873 is worth about £2,000,000 or more than US $2.5 million today. William Butcher's 1995 translation of Verne's book includes an appendix that provides details of contemporary sources that had information regarding quick circumnavigations, ...


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The interaction between Fogg and Passepartout is based on their contrasting personalities: one is rigid, the other carefree and careless. This contrasts exists regardless of any national stereotype. Fogg's personality has some positive aspects. He's the hero, Passepartout is (in modern terms) the sidekick, the foil. Fogg's accomplishment is the point of the ...


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The Wikipedia article on this book says that a league here is something called a "metric" league, or 4 kilometres. With that figure, a league turns out to be 2.16 nautical miles, or 2.485 miles in modern units. At any rate, multiple passages indicate that the 2.16 figure is intentional: Part 2, Chapter 1: From the 21st to the 23rd of January the ...


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Probably, Jules Verne’s mistake. According to local historian (Professor Fedor Seleznev's lecture История Нижегородской ярмарки for Arzamas) the trade fair lasted for just one day before 1641, four weeks after that, and about six weeks from 1822, when new place was chosen, and new facilities were built: Since then, the Nizhny Novgorod Fair has always opened ...


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what are the other books that Jules Verne wrote Jules Verne wrote a lot of novels and a few short stories, and became famous already in his lifetime with them. A definitive list of his works can be found in the article about him on fr.Wikipedia. The linked section and the next one lists all the books published that he wrote. More than half of these books ...


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Cyrano de Bergerac (1619–1655) wrote the books L'Autre Monde: ou les États et Empires de la Lune (Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon) and Les États et Empires du Soleil (The States and Empires of the Sun) both published after his death. These contain various flying machines that convey him to the Moon and the Sun. In the first of these, he ...


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I think there were several 19th century example that precede Jules Verne, but I'm not familiar with those, so I can't name them. That said, Jules Verne was fascinated enough with flying that flying machines appear in multiple of his stories. L’Île mystérieuse (1875) contains a more realistic example: its protagonists travel on a kind of balloon that was ...


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