The Innocents Abroad

Twain, Mark

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Innocents Abroad
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Based on letters 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 perspective was fresh and irreverent: tour guides, he writes, 'interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling' and the saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are 'battered and broken-nosed old fellows'. As unimpressed by American manners as he is by European attitudes, Twain concludes that 'human nature is very much the same all over the world'.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2002
ISBN: 0142437085
9780142437087
Branch Call Number: 818.4 T969in 2002
Characteristics: xliii, 514 p. :,maps ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Quirk, Tom 1946-
Cardwell, Guy 1905-

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Join the discussion on April 16, 2015. One of the most famous travel books ever written by an American, Twain's hilarious satire impales with sharp wit both the chauvinist and the cosmopolitan. It made Twain a star.


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Dec 04, 2013
  • 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).

Dec 04, 2013
  • 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).

Aug 31, 2013

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