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Mark Twain on Travel

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known to most as Mark Twain, was a quintessential American writer who spent much of his life traveling the world. He encountered colorful characters, cultures, and a variety of adventures along the way, and Mark Twain on Travel is a timeless collection of his writings on the subject. Excerpts included are from classics such as: The Innocents Abroa ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Lyons Press
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Jan 16, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has snippets of Mark Twain's works on "travel", and so while I enjoyed the individual stories, I yearned for them in their entirety and in their context. I would say this book frustrates in that you wish you had not begun it and had just started reading Mark Twain himself. I gave it 2 stars because it has piqued my interest in Twain, and I shall endeavor to read all his books on his travels.
May 25, 2008 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, biographies
Interesting book - excerpts from the places Twain traveled when he was earning a living as a travel writer, and then a bit of other stuff. You really do get a feel for the places, and he writes with great dry humor with some sarcasm thrown in. Makes me wish I had been able to sit around and listen to him talk.
Jun 06, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love mark twain - most of the time. some parts of his books bog down. therefore, this book is great cuz it is a collection of stories from his travel books. you get the good parts without the slow parts. you just gotta take everything with a grain of salt :)
Apr 30, 2012 Alix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting compilation of travel anecdotes not particularly captivating in its entirety but I love Twain's pen style and the almost orientalist depiction of foreign lands. A good read for travel lovers and wanderlust folk.
Some of the stories are more interesting than others, but the writing is fun, unique and clever.
Feb 28, 2008 Blake rated it really liked it
Mark Twain is a very funny man and this was a very enjoyable look at his extensive travels and it follows a nice path around many parts of the world, giving a great pre-automobile look at travel.
everyone must read this book! it's amazing how traveling hasnt really changed, even with all the advances of the last 100 years. :)
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