His name is Claudius Bombarnac.
He works for a newspaper called the Twentieth Century, which assigns him to write about travel on the Grand Transasiatic Railway.
What a train route! It runs between Uzun Ada, Turkestan, and Peking, China. On the train he meets a person trying to beat the round-the-world record, a stowaway and other great characters.
But who will be the heroic protagonist of his article?
When a new car is added to the train filled with troops supposed guarding the remains of a great Mandarin and the train travels through lands filled with robber-barons, Bombarnac finds his fellow!
The name Jules Verne almost synonymous with nineteenth-century science fiction. But the French author wrote much more than science fiction!
And not just Around the World in Eighty Days.
And this is a superb example!
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Jules G. Verne was born in Nantes, the former capital of Brittany, France. Verne went to Paris to study law but began writing stories and working in theatre as well. When Verne's father discovered that his son was writing rather than studying law, he promptly withdrew his financial support. He then worked as a stockbroker.
His wife encouraged him to pursue his writing, and he became acquainted withPierre - Jules Hetzel, an important French publisher. Hetzel helped improve Verne's writings, which until then had been repeatedly rejected by other publishers. He died a wealthy man in 1905.
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