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There is no nicer surprise for a reader than to discover that an acknowledged classic really does deliver the goods. Mark Twain's Roughing It is just such a book. The adventure tale is a delight from start to finish and is just as engrossing today as it was 125 years ago when it first appeared.
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.
In this 1872, Twain reminisces about his five years of roaming around the country from 1861 to 1866. This edition contains the complete original text plus the original illustrations. Though pricey, this volume should be considered for collections specializing in Twain.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Laugh out loud funny with a keen eye for detail and merciless character depiction. A history lesson that everyone can enjoy.Published 8 days ago by T. Kardos
A great book to give you the feel of what it was like to live in the West in the 1860s. And, of course, Twain's dry and ironic humor is priceless. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Matthew Dodd
Long but interesting read. Learned a lot about Sam that I never knew and I live near Elmira NY where He spent a lot of time.Published 15 days ago by dennis c. cook
With humor, wit and embellishment taking the front seat, Twain’s reminisce of traveling cross country in a stagecoach during the early 1860’s is an entertaining read from long ago. Read morePublished 17 days ago by William J. Higgins,III
I was fascinated by this book for its insights into life in the 19th-century American west. Although I found some of the mindsets of people of that era to be a bit disturbing, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert J. Glees
Microscopic font. Obviously just a printout of an online text.Published 1 month ago by Steve Biederman