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Mark Twain in Hawaii

by Mark Twain

Other authors: A. Grove Day (Foreword)

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I enjoy Mark Twain (as so many do), and his writing has a "modern" (perhaps read "ironic/sarcastic") tone to it that is enjoyable, and it's present in this book. However, this particular edition is flawed with so many typographical errors that I feel that I am not always reading his work - certainly not as he wrote it. It's irritating. In addition, given that his work actually amounts to only about 85 pages, the publishers felt obligated to include a 30 page foreword (as well as 20 pages of illustrations of the islands as they appeared to Twain). It, too is marred by errors, but is also distracting in that a significant portion of it simply recites Twain's text from the following pages. And in all the foreword, it is not really clear where Twain's work actually came from. The work is described as having been prepared during a stay on the Hawaiian Islands, and submitted as articles for a San Francisco paper. Later, Twain drew upon the work for his autobiography, "Roughing It." This work is subtitled "Roughing It in the Sandwich Islands", but it's not clear if these chapters are reprints of his newspaper articles, or pulled from the larger "Roughing It" work. My rating reflects the very poor editing job, rather than the work itself. That said, the work is somewhat jarring in its blunt descriptions of the "savages", as well as the changes wrought by the missionaries in "civilizing" the islands - a similar fate which has befallen other "primitive" societies, and likely to happen in any meeting of disparate cultures, but sad nonetheless. ( )
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