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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478258942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478258940
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,820,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel," and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876, among many others. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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This edition is the Library of Mark Twain published by the University of California. They are by far the best editions available, but regrettably they are slow in releasing them. You won't be sorry.
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This is a most surprising autobiographical account of Mark Twain's early life as a gold miner. Full of delightful vignettes, humour and heartbreak it is a superb account of success and failure in building the American Dream,

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.
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I am a huge fan of Mark Twain's books but in my opinion this is not one of his best. It took a long time to get going and was filled with information about Mormons and mining. but without the light touch and dry humour I have come to associate with Mark Twain. I was almost half way through the book before I laughed but I was nursing a cold so perhaps that had something to do with it! It won't stop me reading his other books, though.
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How could anyone be arrogant enough 'review' Mark Twain? History and literature has already decided on his merits! having said that, this is the most entertaining autobiographical view of the West in the 1800's, a true first person recollection....it has somethings like 70 chapters! I'm not finished, but notwithstanding the time that has passed since penning...I really enjoyed it so far, and expect I'll continue to...
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This is a hugely entertaining account of the life of a young Mark Twain as he makes his way in the world. He veers from triumph to disaster in almost every chapter, describing as he goes the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the period in a way which brings it vividly into the reader's consciousness. There is a pervading sense of innocence on his part which is thoroughly endearing. A lovely read.
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A great retelling of one man's experiences of the wild west. Twain gives us a good idea of the tough life of the early prospectors, the characters they had to face and what they had to do to survive.
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I was so pleased when I found this on the Kindle. I am familiar with a number of Twain's works but I had never heard of 'Roughing It'. I read the wikipedia entry about it and instantly thought it would be an interesting read. It certainly was that. A brilliant work that gives real insight into the world of the American west. Some of Twain's anecdotes and stories are the best I have ever read and this book is just crammed full of them.
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I enjoyed most of the book but was not entirely happy with the Kindle format. Each book started with a complete index of the three books, which was confusing, I wasn't able to access the illustrations (but that may be my fault).
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