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Around the World in Eighty Days is the ultimate travelogue. Many writers have used the journey as a metaphor for life, but the actual literary journeys are not that common. They can be divided into two major groups—fantasy journeys can be found in books such as Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) as well as Andre Norton's space fantasies. Unlike these voyages to non-existent places, diaries of famous explorers such as Captain Cook and Marco Polo are strictly factual, with the purpose to inform and describe unfamiliar but real parts of the world. Jules Verne's novels bridge the difference. Fogg's journey around the world serves as pure entertainment, yet Verne, whose novels educate the reader to the possibilities of science, is always ready to instruct, and to interrupt his hero's journey at any time to list the tourst sights of India, the Red Sea or Egypt in concise...

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