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The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The Innocents Abroad (1869)

by Mark Twain

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An interesting account of a trip. Twain likes France for the same reasons I do. This is typical travel writing of the period.
There is little of the Twain humor here, at least as I understand it in his fiction. Twain lashes out at the pomposity of his fellow
Christians on the trip for behaving badly, and the closing letter is funny. Turkish censorship has gone on forever, and the Arabs are filthy and beg constantly. The shipmates have a visit with a doomed Russian Czar, Alexander ii, which is well described. ( )
  annbury | Mar 31, 2017 |
Every time I read this book, I find another gem. Twain is the original king of snark and his observations of white middle-class American tourists are timeless and side-splittingly hilarious. The only noticeable differences between traveling now and Twain’s trip in the 1860s – the presence of automobiles and the availability of soap.

I will paraphrase some of the tidbits I found most memorable: We have seen about a keg of nails from the true cross, I am so glad Michelangelo is dead, Is… is he *dead*?, Jacksonville, Ferguson, the Sea of Galilee is ugly, these cathedrals without relics are nothing to me.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Quite fun ( )
  Harrod | Jan 29, 2016 |
Mark Twain is a funny man - especially when it comes to droll humor. He shows us what clowns we really are and how silly we can be when we are traveling. "The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg your pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother. I shall always delight to meet an ass after my own heart when I have finished my travels." ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This was an audio book which was extremely well-narrated by Grover Gardner.
I'm giving this two stars because it was Mark Twain and that did shine through from time to time, but on the whole I became tired of the slapstick and over-the-top mugging for the camera (so to speak). I also found the constant put-downs of Mediterranean people and people from the Middle East was certainly, of its time, but very in your face.
And yes, he pokes fun at his fellow Americans and pretentious tourists, but the constant put-downs of other people was not appealing. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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The idea of a steamer-load of Americans going on a prolonged picnic to Europe and the Holy Land is itself almost sufficiently delightful, and it is perhaps praise enough for the author to add that it suffers nothing from his handling. If one considers the fun of making a volume of six hundred octavo pages upon this subject, in compliance with one of the main conditions of a subscription book's success, bigness namely, one has a tolerably fair piece of humor, without troubling Mr. Clements further. It is out of the bounty and abundance of his own nature that he is as amusing in the execution as in the conception of his work. And it is always good-humored humor, too, that he lavishes on his reader, and even in its impudence it is charming; we do not remember where it is indulged at the cost of the weak or helpless side, or where it is insolent, with all its sauciness and irreverence.

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Mark Twainprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brock, Ana MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cardwell, Guysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carral Martínez, SusanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fiedler, Leslie A.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fishkin, Shelley FisherForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacobs, JaneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richler, MordecaiIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sloane, David E. E.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wagenknecht, EdwardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For months the great Pleasure Excursion to Europe and Holy Land was chatted about in the newspapers everywhere in America, and discussed at countless firesides.
The guides deceive and defraud every American who goes to Paris for the first time and sees its sights alone or in company with others as little experienced as himself. I shall visit Paris again some day, and then let the guides beware! I shall go in my war-paint - I shall carry my tomahawk along.
They showed us a portrait of the Madonna which was painted by St Luke, and it did not look half as old and smoky as some of the pictures by Rubens. We could not help admiring the Apostle's modesty in never once mentioning in his writings that he could paint.
But perhaps the most poetical thing Pompeii has yielded to modern research, was that grand figure of a Roman soldier, clad in complete armor; who, true to his duty, true to his proud name of a soldier of Rome, and full of the stern courage which had given to the name its glory, stood to his post by the city gate, erect and unflinching, till the hell that raged around him burned out the dauntless spirit it could not conquer.
if you hire a man to sneeze for you, here (Nazareth), and another man chooses to help him, you have got to pay both. They do nothing whatever without pay. How it must have surprised these people to hear the way of salvation offered to them 'without money and without price'.
The citizens of Endor objected to our going in there, They do not mind dirt; they do not mind rags; they do not mind vermin; they do not mind barbarous ignorance and savagery; they do not mind a reasonable degree of starvation, but they do like to be pure and holy before their god, whoever he may be, and therefore they shudder and grow almost pale at the idea of Christian lips polluting a spring whose waters must descend into their sanctified gullets.
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Der zweibändige Werk ward 1875 zum ersten Mal auf deutsch in zwei Bänden aber ohne Folgenummern herausgegeben. Der erste Band hieß Die Arglosen auf Reisen. Der zweite hieß Die neue Pilgerfahrt, nach dem Untertitel des englischen Werkes. Deshalb sind die zwei übersetzten Bände einzeln aufgeführt.
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Innocents Abroad began as a series of travel letters written by Mark Twain mainly for the Alta California, a San Francisco paper that sponsored his participation in the trip to Europe and the Holy Land in 1867 aboard the steamship Quaker City. On the excursion from New York to Palestine they traveled a distance of over 20,000 miles by land and sea through France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Russia, Turkey and Egypt. Through his humorous and insightful writings, Twain describes countries, nations, incidents and his amazing adventures.

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"The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American "New Barbarians" and the European "Old World" provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain - and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully skewering the ethos of American tourism in Europe, Twain's lively satire ultimately reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. As Twain himself points out. "Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.""--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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