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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  744 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This Library of America volume contains the novels that, when published, transformed an obscure Western journalist into a national celebrity. The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It (sometimes called The Innocents at Home) were immensely successful when first published and they remain today the most popular travel books ever written.

The Innocents Abroad (1869), based largely
Hardcover, 1027 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Library of America (first published October 23rd 1966)
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Luis Damian Robles
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Author: Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens
Title: The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress
Publication Date: 1869

I own this edition but I read The Innocents Abroad as it appears in The Oxford Mark Twain collection. Why? Because it has pictures. More on that later. This edition, published by The Library of America (L.O.A.), is a quality copy, just like the rest of the series. The L.O.A. publishes handsome cloth-bound hardcovers with acid-free paper, sewn-in place-markers, etc., etc., they're qu
Shawn Thrasher
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
If Huckleberry Finn is the father of Modern Literature (thanks Mr. Hemingway), then The Innocents Abroad/Roughing Itmust be the father of all modern humor (and certainly humorous travelogues). If Mark Twain were alive today, he'd certainly be writing for The New Yorker or 30 Rock or at the very least be a panelist on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (although I'd like to think he'd have his show, a la Garrison Keillor). Innocents isn't my favorite Twain - I'm more partial to his fiction - but it's still ...more
James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
[This review is just forThe Innocents Abroad, not for Roughing It which was also in the volume.]

Unlike Twain's other works that I have read, this seemed very dated. It began very dry, for the first two hundred or so pages; perhaps because I know many Moslems and Jews (to say nothing of Europeans) they do not seem "exotic" to me, which the interest of this section was based on.

After the pilgrims reach Rome, and even more in the "Holy Land", the book becomes more humorous, mainly at the expense o
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mark Twain fans
Roughing It is entertaining but for me it was a little much with all the mining and everyone killing each other. I know he was exaggerating and just trying to make life more interesting but it did start to bore me. I did enjoy reading about the West and Hawaii before most places became states. I think that is why I like reading books from the 19th century, some settings are familiar yet, not so familar.

Innocents Abroad was my favorite. I loved reading about the trip and his take on everyone he m
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
According to the notes, Innocents Abroad was Twain's bestseller during his lifetime. I could perceive the wit and sarcasm, but somehow I could not appreciate it. It is verbose and slowed my reading rate significantly. I felt like I was reading a foreign language. I abandoned it for the second book in the volume: Roughing It. As it turned out, I fared no better with this account of the American West. The descriptions of the people were lively and vibrant, but I found the racism and sexism impossi ...more
Oct 22, 2010 marked it as never-finished
I keep slogging through this book. I thought I liked Mark Twain. Maybe I only like liking Mark Twain. I finish it someday, but the library'll want it back before I get there this time. If nothing else, I know I like this quote of his- "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them."
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I have to say that I enjoyed Twain's "sketches" of people and his political commentary in his autobiography much more than I enjoyed Innocents Abroad. I didn't read Roughing It -- should I?
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kobo-ebooks
Don't know whether to put this book in fiction or not. Some of it seems like fiction. Definitely satire. The text seemed to drag on in places. (My kobo crapped out and I gave it up for a long time before I finally returned to finish this pair of books)
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Roughing It is the better written of the two, but both are riotous accounts of travel. The Innocents Abroad should be required reading before anyone travels to Europe.
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, humor
The Old World seen through the New World's eyes (I previously read Roughing It separately), i.e., stripped of sentimentality and superstition.
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Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read. Read a couple of years ago.
Dennis Blanchette
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I can't believe it took me 60 years to discover Twain's non fiction. If you like travel or history, read this.
Martin Bihl
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Roughing It - finished 07.04.16

Innocents Abroad - finished (earlier)
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A timeless read for anyone traveling to Europe or the Middle East.
Roger Wagner
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mark Twain is great fun and this book is full of wonderful anecdotes and hilarious discussions.
Mark Malone
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
ROUGHING IT: I rate this book 4 of 5 -- EXCELLENT. It's pretty funny.
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Mark Twain gets a little snarky. But it is entertaining at times.
Dec 29, 2008 marked it as to-read
recommended by Terry Pratchett.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
First read-through from 09-Dec to 28-Dec-2016.
Tom Farrell
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nothing better - biting satire, transcendent humor; all by the Master.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
An outstanding read! The wit of Mark Twain meshes with his picturesque prose in this historical novel, America's 1st expedition across the pond. A reader will be captured by this entertaining, educational and prolific volume of overseas travel and America's far west. Find out who Ferguson is, was and the valuable detail of the Pony Express, just a few that will enlighten any reader along the way. There is so much more to tell, so be a good American and read one of our best writers explicit detai ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twain's travel writing, as showcased in these two novels, is fantastic, full of black, sarcastic humor in addition to descriptions of the world and country that no longer exist today.
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work

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