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Classic Mark Twain
on 31 January 2015
Reading this, you'll feel as if a very enthusiastic and witty friend is telling you about the funniest holiday they ever had, with lots of wry observations about humanity (both Americans and foreigners) along the way. As usual, Mark Twain's writing is very direct, and whirls along at a cracking pace, which adds to the excitement of the book.
He'd read in a newspaper of a fabulous cruise was planned, around Europe and the 'Holy Lands' (and accepting only 'the best sort of people' !!) so, always eager for adventure, he decides to sign up for the trip. One of the joys of this book is seeing ways of life, manners, and cultural differences that have long since passed into history, through Twain's clear and lively eyes, that twinkle with mischief and joy in a very modern way.
As you may know, Twain spent many years on the Mississippi as a riverboat pilot - which he wrote about in 'Life on the Mississippi' - another book that's well worth a read. So naturally that experience informs his view of this trip, and he's excited and interested to see everything, from all angles. I should imagine he was a difficult man to share a cabin with - full of boisterous energy, exciting, funny and exasperating in equal measure!