Roughing It

Roughing It

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by Mark Twain
     
 

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Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman,
This book is merely a personal narrative, and not a pretentious history or a philosophical dissertation. It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing, and its object is rather to help the

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Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman,
This book is merely a personal narrative, and not a pretentious history or a philosophical dissertation. It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing, and its object is rather to help the resting reader while away an idle hour than afflict him with metaphysics, or goad him with science. Still, there is information in the volume; information concerning an interesting episode in the history of the Far West, about which no books have been written by persons who were on the ground in person, and saw the happenings of the time with their own eyes. I allude to the rise, growth and culmination of the silver-mining fever in Nevada -a curious episode, in some respects; the only one, of its peculiar kind, that has occurred in the land; and the only one, indeed, that is likely to occur in it.
Yes, take it all around, there is quite a good deal of information in the book. I regret this very much; but really it could not be helped: information appears to stew out of me naturally, like the precious ottar of roses out of the otter. Sometimes it has seemed to me that I would give worlds if I could retain my facts; but it cannot be. The more I calk up the sources, and the tighter I get, the more I leak wisdom. Therefore, I can only claim indulgence at the hands of the reader, not justification.
THE AUTHOR.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149047871
Publisher:
Hillside Publishing
Publication date:
01/14/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
688,314
File size:
565 KB

Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 — April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, writer, and lecturer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is also known for his quotations. During his lifetime, Clemens became a friend to presidents, artists, leading industrialists, and European royalty. Clemens enjoyed immense public popularity, and his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature." Source: Wikipedia
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Life On The Mississippi (1883)
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The $30,000 Bequest and other short stories (2004)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896)
Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896)
The War Prayer (1916)
Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894)
The Jumping Frog (1865)

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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Roughing It 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
jchas More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times over the years. The first time it literally had me laughing out loud as I read it on my lunch hours in the company bresk room. It is a hilarious tale of Twains travel adventure by stage coach from the Mississippi to Californias gold fields with a unique historical perspective of the California gold rush that you wont find any where else. Much more entertaining than his other "travel" books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Twain is always great. For those who want a trip back into our past, Roughing It is fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who has travelled the areas Twain describes, I can truly appreciate his perspective. Hope its not lost on those that haven't witnessed it first hand. A bit wordy in some areas, but a great book nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining autobiographical book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has no discernable plot or other literary pretenseions to distract from the fun of seeing Virginia City and the Comstock Lode in their heyday through the eyes of a young Samuel Clemens. It could be subtitled 'Autobiography of a Splendid Liar.' It wanders about, goes nowhere in particular and trails off into idle reminiscences, but it's a great trip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is one of the best books i ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Educational, historical,  and hilarious.  Join Mark Twain on his journey across 19th century America.  It makes history fun.
MikeLaville More than 1 year ago
awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version wasunfortunately unreadable.
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dranowalker More than 1 year ago
Covers Twain's travels from St Joe, MO to the west coast. Highly entertaining. Must read if you liked Huck and Tom from Twain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book))
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Not a full book
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AUDONIANO More than 1 year ago
Even that this is a very long book wont get you tire, Twain show how was to travel through the country when he was alive. It was fun to read!
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