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The Innocents Abroad

Twain, Mark (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Innocents Abroad


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Based on a series of letters Mark Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, The Innocents Abroad (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Twain's fresh and humorous perspective on hallowed European landmarks lacked reverence for the past-the ancient statues of saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are "battered and broken-nosed old fellows" and tour guides "interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling." Equally irreverent about American manners (including his own) as he is about European attitudes, Twain ultimately concludes that, for better or worse, "human nature is very much the same all over the world." .
Authors: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Title: The innocents abroad
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2002
Characteristics: xliii, 514 p. :,maps ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Twain ; edited and with an introduction by Tom Quirk and notes by Guy Cardwell
Additional Contributors: Quirk, Tom - 1946-
Cardwell, Guy - 1905-
ISBN: 0142437085
9780142437087
Branch Call Number: 818.4 T969in 2002
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  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If not our greatest writer, Twain may be our most quintessential and most protean. There's a Twain for everyone: Twain the tale teller ("Tom Sawyer"), Twain the social writer ("The Gilded Age"), Twain the great American novelist ("Huck Finn"), Twain the pessimist ("The Mysterious Stranger"). Before establishing himself as a novelist, Twain wrote narratives about working on the Mississippi, the Wild West and a pleasure cruise to the Holy Land, which is the subject of "The Innocent Abroad." It works as both travel literature and as satire of American tourists and sacred places (so many ruins). Compared to later Twain, the satire here is gentle and amused (Horatian) rather than harsh and dark (Juvenilian).

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  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If not our greatest writer, Twain may be our most quintessential and most protean. There's a Twain for everyone: Twain the tale teller ("Tom Sawyer"), Twain the social writer ("The Gilded Age"), Twain the great American novelist ("Huck Finn"), Twain the pessimist ("The Mysterious Stranger"). Before establishing himself as a novelist, Twain wrote narratives about working on the Mississippi, the Wild West and a pleasure cruise to the Holy Land, which is the subject of "The Innocent Abroad." It works as both travel literature and as satire of American tourists and sacred places (so many ruins). Compared to later Twain, the satire here is gentle and amused (Horatian) rather than harsh and dark (Juvenilian).

I checked out "The Innocents Abroad" in August and have no idea when it is due. I would like to renew. I have not been receiving notices about my checked out material since I moved to the Mather on July 28th. My new address is 450 Davis St., Evanston 60201, but I am using the same computer! Please look into this for me! Thank you! Penny Whiteside

excellent travel book for ths period of time that it covers. You quite a bit about the people and places that he travels to. Lots of humour which I enjoy.

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