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The Innocents Abroad (Dover Value Editions) (original 1869; udgave 2003)

af Mark Twain (Forfatter)

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Known as one of American literature's finest humor writers, Mark Twain took on the travel genre in the series of essays, sketches, and observations collected in The Innocents Abroad. From classic fish-out-of-water shenanigans to keen insight into the differences between American culture and its European and Middle Eastern counterparts, this volume is an engaging and rewarding read.… (mere)
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Titel:The Innocents Abroad (Dover Value Editions)
Forfattere:Mark Twain (Forfatter)
Info:Dover Publications (2003), 688 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:biography, classics, humor, travel

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So, what happens when a humorous writer from the West Coast joins a bunch of East Coasters tourists on a tour of the France, Italy, Greece, the Holy Land, and Egypt in 1867? The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain is a humorous travelogue detailing the author’s five month “pleasure excursion” on both land and sea.

Noting his observations and critiques of not only his adventures, but his fellow passengers, those locals that he’s met, and his expectations, Twain took everything to task so likely to the frustration of his fellow passengers. Twain’s humor isn’t over-the-top instead it is subtle and slowly builds thematic jokes until hitting the perfect one to finish the thread on then letting it go—unlike some comedians that can’t think of new material. This narrative nonfiction account has it all with minute detail of how the trip begins, excitement on finally getting to a foreign location, annoyance with everyone tell you the same nonsensical factoid all the time, watching our fellow travelers taking souvenirs by breaking pieces off stuff, realizing all the money you spent of travelogues to let you know what to expect would have been better in your pocket, and not caring one bit what happened on the way home because you just want to get there. As my previous Twain reads were short stories in high school or the serious historical fiction Joan of Arc, I didn’t know what to expect going in and I came out very happy after reading it.

The Innocents Abroad is a humorous look at a journey from the United States to Europe and the Holy Land from the viewpoint of Mark Twain. Upon finishing it you’ll realize why it was Twain’s bestselling book during his lifetime. ( )
  mattries37315 | Apr 21, 2024 |
I would have given this a four if it hadn't gotten so bogged down in the Holy Lands. I really became tedious at one point and I had trouble finishing it. But I loved, loved, loved the European descriptions as well as Turkey, Egypt and the travelers time as desert nomads. Some things never change ... there are still ugly Americans who are utterly clueless when they travel, one may still become overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of churches and Renaissance masterpieces in Italy to the point that it becomes difficult to appreciate them, the proliferation of relics is laughable and the tendency of guides to guide you to shops where they get a cut is still a thing. And much more. I think the book is probably more appreciated by those who have traveled to some of the places he described because you can re-experience those places through his eyes. Perhaps this is why I didn't appreciate the Holy Lands more, since I have never been there. Yes, there is racism and xenophobia in the book, but it is limited and with a couple of exceptions doesn't feel mean-spirited (mainly when it comes to non-Christians). If you're easily offended, maybe you shouldn't read it. If you are able to look past common prejudices of the time, go for it. ( )
  AliceAnna | Dec 4, 2022 |
I put it down. I can't seem to find a "I will not read" category. "I put it down" still adds on "I will read", "I read", or "I am reading" and I won't pick it up again. I realize it was written by a fabulous writer, in another century and the standards were far different but I did not like reading the racist comments. ( )
  gayjeg | Mar 26, 2022 |
I can appreciate that Twain was found amusing by his contemporaries, but the wry humour in this travelogue now seems strained and tedious. ( )
  sfj2 | Mar 11, 2022 |
I've had this book on my shelf for years and finally decided to read it. I love Mark Twain usually but I just couldn't get into it. It may be because I was just not in the right mood for it. I put it aside for now, and may try to pick it up again. I made it about 1/4 of the way through. I like Twain's writing and I love his humour and that came out in this book which is one of his earliest works. He is a passenger on the maiden voyage of one of America's prospective warships. His job is to report back to the States about this trip of a lifetime. The ship sails away to France, Italy, and the Holy Land. The book was written during the Paris World Fair which was in the summer of 1889. ( )
  Romonko | Oct 31, 2021 |
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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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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.
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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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Known as one of American literature's finest humor writers, Mark Twain took on the travel genre in the series of essays, sketches, and observations collected in The Innocents Abroad. From classic fish-out-of-water shenanigans to keen insight into the differences between American culture and its European and Middle Eastern counterparts, this volume is an engaging and rewarding read.

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