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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.
Bought because I had read relatively little Twain over the last years and wanted to refresh my understanding of Twain's writings. Read morePublished 5 days ago by groy
If you like history you can put yourself back into it as reading this Twain work.Published 5 days ago by GGSmith
Mark Twain describes his travels in the West and Hawaii. The book contains 79 chapters plus Appendix A, a brief sketch of Mormon history. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kent Price
Hey, it's Mark Twain. Either you like his stuff or you don't. If you're of the latter, move on to something else.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good book. Very few slow reading sections. If you enjoy Biography's you will like this book.Published 1 month ago by Edwin Jones
THIS IS READING AT ITS BEST. EACH CHAPTER IS LIKE A SHORT STORY,BUT ALL COMING TOGETHER. THE JOURNEY ACROSS THE COUNTRY GETS BETTER AS HE GOES FURTHER INTO THE WEST. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ttruth