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The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The Innocents Abroad (1869)

by Mark Twain

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Sarcasm abounds in this travel text reaching laugh out loud levels of rudeness. Well worth the read. And a good reminder of how not to behave when abroad and after returning from a big trip. ( )
  Jerry.Yoakum | Jul 17, 2018 |
In the days when such a proceeding was a novelty, a ship full of tourists set out from New York. Their aim: to travel through Europe and the Middle East and see all the sights of cultural and historical interest. Young journalist Twain joins the party and proceeds to poke fun at the historic sites, the inhabitants of each locale visited, his fellow travelers, and, occasionally, himself. He is by turns acerbic and sentimental, broad-minded and parochial. There’s plenty in the book to offend modern sensibilities, but I’m sure that was also true on the date of its publication. Apart from our narrator — Twain, or the persona he created for the purpose? I was never quite sure — there wasn’t much in the way of characters; apart from the ship’s itinerary, not much in the way of plot. I’m glad to have read this, but I’m quite sure I won’t read it again. I’d recommend this to Twain’s fans, and to those who enjoy reading travel books from days past. ( )
1 vote foggidawn | Jun 14, 2018 |
Humorous at times, while sometimes boring. This book, with harder than average vocabulary and very long sentences, is Mark Twain's journal in which he recorded his thoughts and feelings on his 'Pleasure Excursion'. He spoke nothing but the genuine impressions the monuments left him, along with how much he was disappointed to find out that his childhood opinions of the historic places were exaggerated. The word 'backsheesh' and the name Ferguson are going to stick with me for the rest of my life. ( )
  Shirehii | May 24, 2018 |
Based on a series of letters Mark Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, The Innocents Abroad (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Twain's fresh and humorous perspective on hallowed European landmarks lacked reverence for the past-the ancient statues of saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are "battered and broken-nosed old fellows" and tour guides "interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling." Equally irreverent about American manners (including his own) as he is about European attitudes, Twain ultimately concludes that, for better or worse, "human nature is very much the same all over the world."

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  tony_sturges | Oct 10, 2017 |
A travel book first published in 1869 which humorously chronicles what Twain called his "Great Pleasure Excursion" on board the chartered vessel Quaker City (formerly USS Quaker City) through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of American travelers in 1867. The best-selling of Twain's works during his lifetime, as well as one of the best-selling travel books of all time.
The excursion was billed as a Holy Land expedition, with numerous stops and side trips along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, notably:
• train excursion from Marseille to Paris for the 1867 Paris Exhibition during the reign of Napoleon III and the Second French Empire
• journey through the Papal States to Rome
• side trip through the Black Sea to Odessa
• culminating in an excursion through the Holy Land
  lazysky | Sep 29, 2017 |
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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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