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The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
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Aug 30, 09

Read in August, 2009

This is an account of Mark Twain's several month voyage to Europe, Africa and the Middle East on the steamship Quaker City in 1867.

Twain blows through the trip as a full-bore American discovering that places outside the good ole USA by and large suck. He and his friends enjoy tormenting all of their tour guides by calling them all "Ferguson" and asking stupid questions, such as of the ancient painters, "Is he dead?" The tour guides never catch on. He compares Lake Como to Lake Tahoe (Tahoe wins), crooked Constantinople streets to American Streets (America's wins), and French barbershop shaves to American ones (American shaves win).

I was surprised to find Mark Twain using the term tricked out several times pretty much as it is used today. He did not mention, however, his slugged up grill or some phat badonka donk he wanted to tap.

Twain is frequently very funny but sometimes tedious as he simply recounts the places they visited.
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