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A Tramp Abroad Paperback – April 19, 2016
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“[A Tramp Abroad] is delicious, whether you open it at the sojourn in Heidelberg, or the voyage down the Neckar on a raft, or mountaineering in Switzerland, or the excursion beyond the Alps into Italy.” —William Dean Howells --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In "A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain's unofficial sequel to "The Innocents Abroad, the author records his hilarious and diverse observations and insights while on a fifteen-month walking trip through Central Europe and the Alps. "Here you have Twain's inimitable mix," writes Dave Eggers in his Introduction, "of the folksy and the effortlessly erudite, his unshakable good sense and his legendary wit, his knack for the easy relation of a perfect anecdote, and some achingly beautiful nature writing."
This Modern Library Paperback Classic reproduces the text of the first American edition and features new explanatory notes and a critical Afterword by Kerry Driscoll, professor of English at Saint Joseph College in Connecticut. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
I purchased this particularly for the section about visiting Germany, including the famous appendix lampooning the German language. For this alone, the book is worth the purchase price.
Known as a wit, he shows off his skills very well. I hope I got the right book.
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Upside is that it can be refreshing if you're sick of tourist culture.