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The Innocents Abroad [NOOK Book]

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This travel-book chronicles Twain's pleasure cruise on board the chartered vessel 'Quaker City' through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of religious pilgrims. Twain makes constant criticisms of various aspects of culture and society he meets while on his journey, some more serious than others, which gradually turn from witty and comedic to biting and bitter as he progresses closer to the Holy Land.
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Overview

This travel-book chronicles Twain's pleasure cruise on board the chartered vessel 'Quaker City' through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of religious pilgrims. Twain makes constant criticisms of various aspects of culture and society he meets while on his journey, some more serious than others, which gradually turn from witty and comedic to biting and bitter as he progresses closer to the Holy Land.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016673783
  • Publisher: Dons Ebooks
  • Publication date: 5/16/2013
  • Series: World's Best Reading , #44
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 620
  • File size: 458 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Excellent account of the Mediterranean & Holy Land in 1867.

    This is a fascinating, extraordinary account, written by Mark Twain in relation to his travels throughout the Mediterranean, the Holy Land & other points of interest around 1867. Many readers will be familiar with Mark Twain from their school-days , perhaps having read the author's stories of `Tom Sawyer' & `Huckleberry Finn'. Although factual, this book is itself just as enjoyable a read as the author's other classics. I obtained my rather ancient copy of this book primarily to investigate the author's account of his travels through the Holy Land during the 19th Century, and his observations of the Holy Land, it's terrain, population, culture and character at that time. Noting that the author had also spent some time in Gibraltar at any early stage in his journey, I thought that I might also be able to gather some perception of the accuracy of his accounts, having personally lived in Gibraltar for a period of time & being familiar with Gibraltar's history. I was not to be disappointed and was quite impressed with the writer's description of Gibraltar and his interpretation of it's turbulent history. I was also impressed with the writer's account of so many locations within the Holy Land and the considerable amount of time that he devoted to it in his book. So many of the Judaeo-Christian sites that I am very familiar with are admirably described by the author and are instantly recognisable even after so many years. However, unlike today, where many of these areas are quite heavily populated and where the land has flourished in recent times, the author's account paints an utterly different picture during the 19th Century. A picture which flies heavily in the face of the `new historians' and the `revisionists', many of whom allege that the Land even then was quite heavily populated by `Palestinian Arabs' and was as verdant as the present day. Instead Mark Twain describes the Holy Land as being barely populated and just a collection of small villages in a dry, barren land, an outpost of the Ottoman Empire. He writes;- '...Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince...It is a hopeless, dreary, heart-broken land...Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered it's fields and fettered it's energies...Nazareth is forlorn; about that ford of Jordan whee the hosts of Israel entered the Promised Land with songs of rejoicing, one finds only a squalid camp of fantastic Bedouins of the desert; Jericho the accursed lies a mouldering ruin, today, even as Joshua's miracle left it more than three thousand years ago...Renowned Jerusalem itself, the stateliest name in history, has lost all it's ancient grandeur, and is become a pauper village...Capernaum is a shapeless ruin; Magdala is the home of beggared Arabs; Bethsaida and Chorazin have vanished from the earth...Palestine is desolate and unlovely. And why should it be otherwise ? Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land ?...' Although Jews having lived in the Holy Land since Biblical times, such a prophetic description being included within the Scriptures as indeed preceding the mass return of the Jewish people to their Land in the latter days which we now see. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Please note that some copies under the title 'Innocents Abroad' do not include the coverage of the Holy Land trip. Please ensure that you obtain the correct copy. Thank you.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    Best Travel Guide

    My favorite Mark Twain . .. Hilariously laugh out loud funny!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    If you enjoy traveling you'll LOVE this book!

    So much fun! A great read by an obviously entertaining & well-traveled author. Even if you think you've read it in the past I recommend you pick it up again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    Fair

    not Twain's best work.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Brilliant


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    Waits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    This is an OCR'd book, with a scattering of typos and garbled se

    This is an OCR'd book, with a scattering of typos and garbled sentences. Those are bearable, and it's almost amusing to figure out what's actually intended. BUT the book is INCOMPLETE - it just ends roughly half way through. Unacceptable.

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