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The Chicago of Europe: And Other Tales of Foreign Travel
     

The Chicago of Europe: And Other Tales of Foreign Travel

by Mark Twain
 

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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”).

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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 of breezy insouciance and droll barbarism—at its very best.

 

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402758690
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

What People are Saying About This

Kurt Andersen
"There is no great American writer easier to love than Mark Twain, and-as I realized reading this delicious collection-no part of Twain's oeuvre easier to love than his travel writing. Wandering around exotic places and among foreign people gives him the ideal opportunity to be his uniquely engaging self-not quite an innocent or a tramp but a curious, clear-eyed and totally American chronicler abroad: totally game, bewitched and appalled, funny and astounded.
Carl Reiner
"Mark Twain would have been thrilled to know that Peter Kaminsky put this collection together. I know I am, and all Twain lovers will be, too."
Billy Crystal
"Kaminsky's collection shows that Mark Twain is still our foremost American humorist. He should be on at ten p.m."

Meet the Author

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.

 

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 30, 1835
Date of Death:
April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:
Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:
Redding, Connecticut

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