In 1866, Samuel L. Clemens was "lost" in Hawai'i. On assignment to the Sandwich Islands, the journalist who would become Mark Twain suddenly stopped writing and disappeared. What was he doing on Maui during those six weeks? Emily Witt, English professor from Buffalo, NY, discovers a notebook Clemens may have left behind. Clemens's and the professor's voices pulse against the rhythm of Hawai'i then and now. In alternating narratives of Emily's journey and Clemens's missing weeks, "Lost Twain" explores the lure of 'going native' and 'the view from the shore,' how Hawaiians embrace outsiders - or don't.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kate Winter's Lost Twain delivers a tale of love and Twain unlike anything I have ever read. I am a big fan of all things Mark Twain and if I didn't know better, I would think that the journal excerpts in this novel were the real thing. The style and dialogue could only come from someone who is an expert on Twain- uncanny. This author also has an amazing ability to insert imagery in a way that makes the reader feel as though she is in the moment, right along with the characters. Additionally, the tongue in cheek humor was a nice touch throughout. I am now left with a yearning for more Twain and a trip to the islands. And I won't go unless I can stay for at least a month. This would be a great gift for yourself or others. Can't wait to read more of Winter's books!