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4.0 out of 5 stars A lengthy book; but well worth reading, 2 May 2011
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I would suggest that Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) is probably best known for the fictional stories "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn". This book is not a work of fiction; it is pretty much what the title suggests, his descriptions of travels around the world.

What I found fascinating was his use of language; sometimes a bit flowery, but extremely descriptive of the places he visited and people he met. The volume is divided into a number of separate "books" and from the way that it is written, I would suggest that they were possibly constructed from diary or notes produced at the time, but then expanded and completed some time later.

Almost half of the work seems to revolve around Australia (which he regularly refers to as "Australasia") and New Zealand. He seems to have a great affection for the countries and has taken the chance to learn some of their history. Added to that is an extensive section on his travels in India, which he also taken time to learn more about. From his writing, you get a real sense of what he saw and his reactions to the different customs.

However, I would mark it down on some odd transcription errors and notes. I also found some of the poetry, added prose and quotations taken from other books a little unnecessary at times. I felt that the book could have been trimmed up quite a bit without losing the overall sense of things. It is a lengthy piece of work; it is also not something that most people would choose to read in a single sitting, but it is well worth the effort to read in smaller chunks.

I would suggest that this book will show you just how effective the written word can be.
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