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Roughing It tells the true-ish escapades of Twain in the American West. Although he clearly "speaks with forked tongue," Roughing It is informative as well as humorous. From stagecoach travel to the etiquette of prospecting, the modern reader gains considerable insight into that much-fictionalized time and place. Do you know about sagebrush, for example?
Sage-brush is very fair fuel, but as a vegetable it is a distinguished failure. Nothing can abide the taste of it but the jackass and his illegitimate child, the mule. But their testimony to its nutritiousness is worth nothing, for they will eat pine knots, or anthracite coal, or brass filings, or lead pipe, or old bottles, or anything that comes handy, and then go off looking as grateful as if they had had oysters for dinner.Roughing It is informally structured around the narrator's attempts to strike it rich. He meets a motley, colorful crew in the process; many mishaps occur, and it shouldn't surprise you that Twain does not emerge a man of means. But he withstands it all in such a relentless good humor that his misfortune inspires laughter. Roughing It is wonderful entertainment and reminds you how funny the world can be--even its grimmer districts--when you're traveling with the right writer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a really engaging and fun read. Twain at his best and most uniqueness.Published 4 days ago by Betty Moe
Only Mark Twain could bring so much truth to such a great yarn. This composition is a rare glimpse into American history during a time of rapid westward expansion. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tom in OK
What I have always wanted to read but never got around to until now.Published 10 days ago by William S.
Great humorous book with lots of information about our history in the west.Published 14 days ago by M Thayer
I think I expected this to be as good as Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn. I was really disapointed.Published 15 days ago by Kenneth W. Herman
Perhaps the greatest writer America has ever produced, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (A/K/A Mark Twain) tells of his travels in this classic volume. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Overall pretty good read, but it had some rough spots. I would say that about half of the book was interesting and fun to read, and the other half rambled along endlessly with... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Darrel Morisse