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The Innocents Abroad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    A Fractured But Fantastic Read

    This is one of those books where you need to keep in mind a few essential facts if you are to get any enjoyment out of it. Firstly, it was never originally written as a book but as a series of letters to the Alta California. Secondly, it presents itself as being quite patriotic primarily in response to the Eurocentricism prevalent at the time (i.e. this is a riposte to all those Europhiles who think that the New World has no culture.) Overall, ignoring the fractured style and sometimes contradictory stances, it's a rollicking good read with a lot of laughs and tongue-in-cheek prodding at those cultural steriotypes with which we should all be familiar. This was the travelogue which made Twain famous and is therefore important since, up until 'Huckleberry Finn', nothing else of his sold as well. The episodes with the guides, called - without exception - 'Ferguson', are particularly hilarious and yet they make one wonder just how much Twain actually engaged with the cultures about which he wrote. The contemporary reader might be surprised by how unrepentantly prejudiced Twain is but I think this style makes the text refreshingly sincere. Political correctness takes a real back seat in this one!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Entertaining!!

    This is one of the more entertaining books I've read lately. Twain's humor and sarcasm had me smiling and occasionally laughing out loud! The way he describes the cities and countries that he visits make you feel like you're right there with him. I also enjoyed the patriotism he weaves in throughout the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Interesting

    Published in 1869, this "diary" of a cruise from the USA to the Mediterranean and Holy Land, was quite popular in it's day. To read it in 2013, it was quite an adventure for sure. How fortunate that Mark Twain and many of his shipmates were men - they had the opportunities to make such an adventure and do and see what they wanted. This was not always possible for the women of the day. You have to remember what travel was like and how much was unknown while reading this. Not everyone would find this an interesting book, but worth a try if you are interested in old-time travel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Poor sample

    Not sure about the book but the sample is only reviews and explanations about Mark Twain. Not HIS words at all.

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