The innocents abroad,or,The new pilgrims progress: Being some account of the steamship 'Quaker City's' pleasure excursion to Europe and the Holy Land (Signet classics)
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"A classic work . . . [that] marks a critical point in the development of our literature."--Leslie A. Fiedler
A classic work . . . [that] marks a critical point in the development of our literature. Leslie A. Fiedler" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American "New Barbarians" and the European "Old World" provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain--and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully skewering the ethos of American tourism in Europe, Twain's lively satire ultimately reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. As Twain himself points out, "Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." And Jane Jacobs observes in her Introduction, "If the reader is American, he may also find himself on a tour of his own psyche." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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So whilst there were times I had to force myself to persevere with this book, clearly there were enough wonderful moments to make up for the rest because I did persevere and, on the whole, enjoyed it.
I could never get bored of his sarcastic yet so true statements about the people and places he saw. I particularly enjoyed his synomonous accounts of busy and boisterous Napoli (Naples, Italy) and he really brought all the senses of what the city was like to me through the pages.
Despite being written so long ago it is suprising to see how little the world has changed apart from mass technological discovery. If all travel writers were as honest and 'frank' as Twain then I would be sure that we would all have a better judgement and sense of how the world around us really works.
A historical and cultural masterpieve written by one of America's most treasured and prized authors.
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I think this was a freebie and the story was good as far as it went. Not sure if it was a download problem or if it was meant to be a sample.Published 4 months ago by Karen
I had read this over 30 years ago, so it was nice to re-read it again. This is early Twain, but there is still a sense of his future style and his colorful way of describing both... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TC in 08
In 2016, it's fun comparing modern excursions to those of the past as well. Well worth reading. Nice one Sam.Published 8 months ago by Chris Hudson
Something different. Probably the first travel book. Well written and the use of the English language is a pleasure to read after becoming used to the shoddy and slapdash way many... Read morePublished 9 months ago by lilian jones
The original travel book. Twain's experiences across Europe and the Holy Land are hilarious and insightful, mixing sharp satire with beautiful descriptions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonah Whale