Roughing It Kindle Edition
|Length: 395 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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- File size : 749 KB
- ASIN : B004SQTBIE
- Print length : 395 pages
- Publication date : March 17, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : B089TRYH5J
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,132 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story begins with Mark Twain and his brother headed west by stage coach from Missouri to Nevada. I enjoyed the travel aspect of the story. I took notes and when I drove to the west coast, I actually followed the path of travel, visiting towns and locations described. I loved that experience.
Mark Twain spends a lot of time describing mining. I actually learned quite a bit about silver mining during the nineteenth century. Additionally, I have recollections about Mark Twain and a story about a horse referred to as a "Mexican Plug". That story is in this book and is hilarious. Mark Twain was also in San Francisco during an earthquake. His report of this is very interesting.
Mark Twain also travels to Hawaii. Again there is some ethnic references that I find distasteful. There is also some skewering of American Influences that I happened to find quite humorous. Additionally there is some descriptions of scenery in Hawaii that I felt was really excellent. Mark Twain really painted with words. I really slowed down my reading here and slowly took in those descriptions. I found much of those parts of this book quite elegant.
In summary, I really liked this book. Mark Twain is a quite gifted writer. I am not in favor of censorship. I have concluded that some of the writing of Mark Twain is insensitive and unfortunate. Mark Twain and many other authors of the past, including Shakespeare, wrote things that really cause me to shudder. I intend to keep reading all of these works, as written, and simply use those moments for introspection, learning, and self improvement. My children are now grown and I have grandchildren. As a parent I would not permit my children to read books such as "Roughing It" without serious and careful parental guidance. Thank You...
I liked this book more than I did the better-known Life on the Mississippi.