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Round the world again in 80 days

Author: Jean Cocteau; Stuart Gilbert
Publisher: London : Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
" ... retraces the most celebrated round-the-world voyage of all time: that of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg."--Cover.

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Named Person: Jean Cocteau; Jean Cocteau
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Cocteau; Stuart Gilbert
ISBN: 1860645925 9781860645921
OCLC Number: 44781585
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xvi, 250 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Jules Verne's "Round the World in 80 Days", fiction in 1873 -fact in 1936, the wonderlands of childhood, we set out, and a mistake enables us to visit Rome; March 29 - Rome by night, the "Duce" ubiquitous, the freedom of the fountains, a foundering city; March 30 - Brindisi; March 31 - Athens, the Acropolis, the living marble of the Parthenon; April 1 - Rhodes, a melting-pot of races, streets of mystery and old-world ramparts; April 2 -Alexandria, the ritual of the bazaar, Baksheesh, the Kombakir, a novel restaurant; April 3 - Cleopatra and the carpets - an explanation; April 4 - a city of death, Mena house, the desert in a bedroom; the sphinx; the sphinx's smile; the termites; the delta, talons webbed with gardens, Cleopatra again, Anubis and his dust-bin; the barren flowers; Tutankhamen, the mystery theatre, a mummy floats up to the surface of the ages, the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings; April 7 - Port Said; April 8; April 12 - Aden, the Valley of Lepers, the macabre dandies, a leaden sun, Aden - a dagger planted on our path; April 15, 16 - trouble with time, the Great Bear turns a somersault, the viceroys; April 17; Bombay -towers of silence, woman, the beast of burden, three memories -Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the Theban plague, the monkey-boy; hell on wheels; April 19 - Calcutta, sleeping porters, sleeping cattle, the Hooghli Ghats, the dominance of time; April 20; Rangoon, pagoda merchants, a forest of gods; April 22 - Chinatown, the sleeping sikhs, the last resort of dreams, slow intensity, beauty, an old aquaintance; April 26 - Penang, a tribute to the cafes of our second empire, night-magic at Penang, how Chinese alchemists turn dung to gold, a "low" opium-den, mystery in a bar-room; "big city"; Malacca; hidden meanings; April 29; Singapore, a jungle tamed, a policy of sport, the rightness of spectacular plays; death-traps; the "new world", theatres and cook-shops; the animal market; May 1 - our attitude to consuls, methods of work and travel, a last visit to the "new world"; May 5 - how a ship changes the aspect of the sea, the perils of Singapore, discrepancy of humans and natural justice, the Englishman's safeguard; May 6; May 9; Hongkong, the dragon, a city of banners, wonders of the "entr'acte"; pink comfits; Honkong by day; May 11 -Charlie Chaplin, fate contrives our meeting, a new language, the street-artist, a cloistered art, Passepartout's luck, Chaplin at work; May 12; May 15; May 16 - Japan, a little girls and a chalk circle, the sea-born isle, happy spring, a high-priest of the theatre, a wrestling-match, the brothels, on board the "President Coolidge"; the Kuroyaki; microbus; May 26 - microbus "sings"; May 27 - two Tuesdays in a week; postscript to Japan; the powers behind the scenes; May 29 - Honolulu; May 31; 'Frisco by night; 'Frisco by day; a glimpse of Hollywood; June 7 - starscapes, the Grand Canyon, Wichita; night flight, New York, radio city, dusk over Broadway, the New York dunghill, Harlem; the lindy hop, theatres for
Other Titles: Mon premier voyage.
Responsibility: Jean Cocteau ; [translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert] ; introduction by Simon Callow.


Jean Cocteau traces Phileas Fogg's famous journey, recording the frenetic change of scenes, from Athens and Alexandria to Bombay, Rangoon and Yokohama, and finally across the US. Cocteau's witty and  Read more...


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""Anything Cocteau did or said was stimulating. He walked through the streets and suddenly something would happen . . . He chose his words beautifully and carefully.""--Horst P. Horst

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