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- Print Length: 492 pages
- Publisher: E-BOOKARAMA (August 19, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WYGQ5TT
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2) Any course language present : Nought but a few well-placed 'damns' and 'hells' as would be expected
3) Type of book : Memoir much akin to a travelogue as is his more popular "The Innocents Abroad"
4) Formatting/Editing : Classic Twain literary speak tho kindle version was absent any images made mention in its' pages
5) Best/Worst aspect of book : Satisfying read if not one of his stronger efforts
6) Favorite passage : Toss up between "It is no matter whether one talks wisdom or nonsense, the case is the same, the bulk of the enjoyment lies in the wagging of the gladsome jaw and the flapping of the sympathetic ear" and "We went to Mannheim and attended a shivaree--otherwise an opera...The racking and pitiless pain of it remains stored up in my memory alongside the memory of the time that I had my teeth fixed."
7) Bottom-line : For me a winsome read as I ponder the man on my run thru Hannibal, Mo, am planning on picking up "Roughing It" for next time and brings back that old standard phrase to mind that while a trip may be fun "There's no place like home."
Some of the stories are so absurd that they are hilarious, like his attempt to ride a glacier down the mountain so he doesn't have to make the return trip. I cannot imagine he is serious. Twain's deadpan humor makes this semi-travel guide well worth the read. At times he is selfish, like when he is sad the little girl didn't die because it would have been good for literature (again he must be being facetious, I just happen to be gullible).I recommend this book for anyone who is traveling, or has traveled in Western Europe, or who just appreciates Twain for all his humor, intelligence and faults.
Ok, the main thing to note is that the account is absolutely HILARIOUS. A delightful way to pass an hour reading during lunchtime or on the beach during a vacation. I read this quite a few months ago so I've forgotten much of the content. The stories that I still remember pretty vividly:
- The bloody fencing matches at the university in Heidelberg
- The raft ride down the Neckar
- A couple tragic accounts of past failed attempts at climbing certain mountains
- The over-the-top story of Twain's expedition to climb the Riffelberg
- The hilarious appendix on the German language
I sell most of my books after reading them but I have such fond memories of the stories in "A Tramp Abroad" that I'm hanging on to it.
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He does of course cover many factual elements, for example a particular town in Germany which I was able to look up on Google. The photographs show that it has not changed much since Mark Twain was there and his description still applies. Later in the book he cites a famous large painting (in a city in Italy) which again I was able to find on Google and I could follow his account of the various portions of the canvas.
Mixed in with the travelogue are stories of what has happened to him along the way, exaggerations of what may have happened to him, and downright tall stories of what is most unlikely to have happened to him. It is up to the reader to determine which is which. Added to this are acknowledged myths and legends from the current locality. It all makes for a rich and entertaining tapestry of wonderful narrative.
Mark Twain has the ability to make me laugh out loud. He describes in comical detail his excruciating experience of German Opera, his delight in hearing a piano played really badly in a hotel lounge, his infuriation at suffering from insomnia, and his fascination with the behaviour of the common ant - to name but a few instances.
Do not overlook the appendices when you reach the end of the main part of the book. His analysis there of the eccentricities of the German language is glorious and a gem in its own right.
This eBook version has some curiosities. There are the usual handful of printing errors that one might expect to have been eliminated by good proofreading. The entire text is centre justified which takes a bit of getting used to but does not materially detract from the reading experience. Some of the European accented characters show up properly but many of them are represented by incomprehensible hieroglyphics. But do not let these minor errors put you off. If you do not enjoy this book then you can conclude that you are definitely not a Mark Twain fan.