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Roughing It, Part 1. Paperback – 6 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (6 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,157,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.

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By Nicki on 17 Aug. 2014
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The stories in this book and the descriptions are wonderful. Definitely worthy of a 5 star rating. Can't wait to read part two.
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The superb talent of Twain 8 Aug. 2013
By Claude Lambert - Published on
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Because we have all read Twain when we were so young, we forget how talentuous he was. Roughing it is a great way to recognize, as an adult, who Mark Twain was. What a delightful author! Here is how he describes a coyote:
"He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him, and even the fleas would desert him for a velocipede. He is so spiritless and cowardly that even while his exposed teeth are pretending a threat, the rest of his face is apologizing for it. And he is so homely!-so scrawny, and ribby, and coarse-haired, and pitiful."
Take the book while it is free, this is pure and comforting talent.
History and great writing combined with humor. 29 Nov. 2014
By CondoDude - Published on
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The content is a delight for those who like Mark Twain and his style. I also like his insight and samples of living in America during the 1860s after the Civil War. He is an expert at putting one in his moment of time; describing the food, guns, transportation, mannerisms and folks around him.
The only reason I give this less than 5 stars is for the publisher's decision to carve Roughing It into a thousand parts. My Kindle can handle a
600 page novel and does so every day. As for the publisher, I hope to meet the little man who decided to toss these logs into the creek. I'd grab him by the collar and give him a good shake to see if there was any common sense in his pan. If not, it sure would make me better and well.
Great Adventure Book with Some Natural History Thrown In There 29 Sept. 2014
By Spencer In Seattle - Published on
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This book is HIGHlarious! Twain heads out across the country before the railroads, so takes a coach -- and it's a wild ride. He had me in stitches the entire time. It's a great adventure book, but also has some natural history in there with Twain commenting on the animals and plants he sees along the way. As you might imagine, his characterizations of the folks he meets along the way are also amazing, keen, and unbelievable. But that's Twain, right?

A great adventure book, I think, if you've tired of all the contemporary stuff.
Mark Twain and the West 17 Nov. 2014
By Jeffrey Russell - Published on
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While visiting Lake Tahoe a friend mentioned to me that Mark Twain had visited a particular site at Tahoe and had written about it in this book. I had not read the book, or even heard of it previously. I downloaded it to my Kindle for reading on the flight home. Very good early Twain, and very amusing also. People on the plane were staring at me wondering why I was laughing out loud. If you are interested in Mark Twain, early history of the west, or if you just want a good laugh, this is your book. Highly recommended.
roughting it, mark twain, travel writing 15 July 2014
By D. T. jones - Published on
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roughint it - all parts are great. am rereading it and agree that it is one of the best travel books writeen. twain's english was remarkably accessible and the details are priceless. it was like time travel with the advantage of not having to be jolted 1200 miles atop of mail sacks in stage coaches.
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