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Mark Twain: A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels (Library of America No. 200) Hardcover – March 4, 2010
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He traveled extensively in Europe, and then he did a world tour, which included speaking engagements. The man was famous, which has some influence on his experiences.
A Tramp Abroad: Mark Twain's account of his 1878 European tour is a delightful mixture of real information and twainish nonsense, e.g. a totally out of place chapter on the language of the jay.
On the information side, even a local guy like me can still pick up one or the other info of touristic value, after more than 100 years. In case that you didn't know: Germany is full of places worth a visit. As is France, Switzerland, Italy.
Twainish nonsense has been the ancestor of much great modern comedy. Do you remember Monty Python's school of debate? 'That is not an argument.' 'Yes it is.' 'No it isn't.' 'Yes it is.' 'No it isn't .' Ad infinitum. And it is straight from MT's Baden-Baden bath chapter.
How much must I pay for the drink? As you please. How much? As you please. How much? As you please.
And if they haven't dehydrated, they are still squabbling.
On the other hand, the master was at times quite able to ride a joke to death. He makes up a vastly exaggerated mountaineering expedition in Zermatt, but deflates his funny idea by over stretching it.
The other book included here is 'Following the Equator' from the mid 1890s.Read more ›