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The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
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Aug 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, comedy, travel
Read in July, 2011

This was my constant travel companion during my month-long backpacking trip in China, and it really informed my travel journal. Twain's readily accessible, and seemingly modern sense of sharp sarcasm and biting humor was charmingly engaging. His combination of self-deprecating jokes as well as hard-hitting jokes on the short-comings of his European destinations and locals offer surprisingly deep insights on at least his perceptions of American and European identities. I (in vain) tried to replicate such a tone and at least some semblance of insight in my travel logs, and with Mark Twain as a model, I never suffered for lack of masterful guidance or literary inspiration.

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