The Chicago of Europe: And Other Tales of Foreign Travel

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Travel yarns that only America’s best-loved author could spin.

With a sharp eye and an even sharper wit, Twain is the quintessential tour guide to 19th-century America. Dispatches showcasing his caustic, gimlet-eyed humor will take readers on a trot around the globe, from Hawaii to the Holy Land to Berlin ("Europe’s Chicago”).

The delicious assemblage of 68 tales features Twain’s trademark style—a combination ...

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Overview

Travel yarns that only America’s best-loved author could spin.

With a sharp eye and an even sharper wit, Twain is the quintessential tour guide to 19th-century America. Dispatches showcasing his caustic, gimlet-eyed humor will take readers on a trot around the globe, from Hawaii to the Holy Land to Berlin ("Europe’s Chicago”).

The delicious assemblage of 68 tales features Twain’s trademark style—a combination of breezy insouciance and droll barbarism—at its very best.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Kaminsky, former managing editor of National Lampoon, has compiled a collection of Twain's travel writing from his published books, articles, and lectures, covering the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, India, and the Middle East, as well as a final section of "whimsical pieces." Some of these essays near brilliance (such as Twain's take on the Maori wars in "Town of Wanganui"); others are borderline bores (like "Goin' to the Theater in the Big City" or "The Killing of Julius Caesar Localized"). Some of the pieces are timeless, but there are moments when readers will need to remind themselves that these works reflect a time and a place. VERDICT Reading this compilation may remind one of watching a marathon of the BBC comedy The Benny Hill Show—a little, in doses, goes a long way. Some of the pieces could have been left out, and more editorial commentary for each essay (e.g., when it was written or a few words giving context) would have improved the reading experience. Recommended for Twain fanatics.—Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402758690
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,205,311
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Twain

Peter Kaminsky was managing editor of National Lampoon, a Rolling Stone staff writer, New York Magazine’s "Underground Gourmet,” and an award-winning columnist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, among others. He is the creator of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, awarded to such luminaries as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Billy Crystal.

 

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    1. Also Known As:
      Samuel Langhorne Clemens (real name); Sieur Louis de Conte
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1835
    2. Place of Birth:
      Florida, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      April 21, 1910
    2. Place of Death:
      Redding, Connecticut

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