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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Jan. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ILQFG0
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In Hollywood it is within yourself to be the best and to succeed at anything your heart really wants, but in the rest of the world this is derided as claptrap since it is obvious that everyone cannot be successful at everything and the evidence of failure is all around to be seen. But should we live lives of fulfilled realism or of continually dashed hopes spiced by opportunity? There is no truth in either point of view since both are valid and together represent one of life's tensions - is it better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all?
Roughing it is Mark Twain's brilliant and hilarious autobiographical review of this argument seen through America's 1860 Midwest covering his unlikely and incredible career prior to becoming a successful author. In the process he shows how the American dream is full of the nightmare of failure where for every triumph, including his own, dozens are left behind in despair and living rough.
The book concerns the time Twain spent as a gold and silver prospector prior to success as an author and is partly an autobiography and partly a series of stories about the people he met or learnt about in the American west. This is beautifully and loving written, describing the wide variety of unlikely characters inhabiting this world. Twain delightfully evokes accents and voices creates a completely convincing world where his soft sympathy with the many unfortunate individuals that cross his path is a running theme. Twain's understated and dry humour makes the book a tour de force.Read more ›
Because of the book’s subject matter, Roughing It often reminded me of some of Jack London’s (similarly) semi-autobiographical travel writing, whilst, in terms of the larger-than-life and eccentric characterisations portrayed, I detected echoes of Dickens. The book also draws out some of Twain’s political and social philosophies around racial discrimination and anti-imperialism (in the process belying the fallacy of the American Dream), as well as including a particularly absorbing diatribe against the potential exploitative impact of the press.
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The formatting makes this version unreadable - every two lines are followed by an empty line, creating a mindles staccato effect that completely disrupts the reading experiance…Published 12 months ago by Kaitiaki
Have always been a fan of Mark Twain. Enjoyed the book. Though, there were a few glitches when i read it.Published 20 months ago by Jamie Moore