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The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
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Feb 21, 10

it was ok
Read from February 07 to 20, 2010

For being a non-fiction work on traveling to Europe, Africa and the Holy Lands all the way back in 1867, this book was incredibly dull. It started out interesting, but ended up being nothing but Twain crabbing about everything and digressing about unrelated moments in his life. Granted, sections of the book did have me googling locations and historical figures to gain more knowledge, so I guess the fact that I learned and revisited subjects learned in the past allows this book a few redeeming qualities. Twain was funny on a couple pages and made several goods points on others, but, honestly, what a curmudgeon.

Take it for what it is. Interesting to see how much has changed in world travel and Europe since 1867, and how much hasn't changed in the Holy Lands since time began.
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