Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

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So Samuel Langhorne Clemens made his excuse for late copy to the Sacramento Union, the newspaper that was underwriting his 1866 trip. If the young reporter's excuse makes perfect sense to you, join the thousands of Island lovers who have delighted in Twain's efforts when he finally did put pen to paper.
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Overview

So Samuel Langhorne Clemens made his excuse for late copy to the Sacramento Union, the newspaper that was underwriting his 1866 trip. If the young reporter's excuse makes perfect sense to you, join the thousands of Island lovers who have delighted in Twain's efforts when he finally did put pen to paper.
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Hearing Layne read Mark Twain's newspaper dispatches from Hawaii gives one the invigorating sense of visiting an exotic locale as well as a different era. Those who treat themselves to these blustery, spirited letters will experience a journey in every sense of the word. Before writing his first novel, the penniless journalist got a four-month-long gig writing about his travels in the "the loveliest fleet of islands that lie anchor in any ocean." Layne reads the letters as Twain might have, not backing down during parts that may sound questionable to modern ears (e.g., Twain's repeated congratulations to the missionaries for quashing native customs). In this thoughtfully abridged collection, one letter may rhapsodize about scenery while the next delves into death rituals for a native princess; the result is a listening experience that feels balanced, not overdone. Though few people other than lovers of Hawaii will likely tune in to these letters, those who do will never see their favorite vacation spot (or home) in quite the same way again. They will also receive a reminder of why Twain's legacy has endured. Based on the Univ. of Hawaii Press paperback. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824802882
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Series: Pacific Classics Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 385,332
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    A lively and often humorous travelogue -- Highly Recommended

    During a week's vacation on Kaua'i, I bought and read a copy of Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, written during his visit there in 1866 as a newspaper correspondent. Not as polished as his later works (he was just 31), the Letters are nonetheless entertaining and typically Twainian. (Serious fans of Mark Twain will enjoy comparing this book to the Hawaiian section of his later memoir, Roughing It.)

    The Letters are also filled with bits of Hawaiian history and geography that should appeal to visitors and Hawaiians alike. They are prefaced by a mercifully brief and very readable introduction.

    Twain fell head over heels in love with Hawaii. He was writing in part to the business community in San Francisco, encouraging them to emigrate or establish trade. Readers who choose to skim over a few detailed descriptions of Hawaiian commerce and cost-of-living in 1866 will still be amply rewarded with a lively and often humorous travelogue by one of the world's great observers.

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