This is the second novel that he wrote. The book digs in a rich mine of wonderful vocabulary and provides moving descriptive passages. Related, it's a work of humor but then he'd go off on tangents about things that he felt were real injustices such as polygamy and the Mountain Meadow Massacre. I succumbed and grew as frenzied as the craziest. I did not want it to end. An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also; which is a record of the people of Jared; who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people when they were building a tower to get to Heaven.
We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. It is one of those books that I have read so many times I can nearly recite it. This book contains 165014 words. The mainly humorous tone of the novel is grounded in the many mishaps, errors of judgments and various mistakes that are constantly preventing the author from attaining his goal - becoming rich with little effort on his part. I came across this book fortuitously. Every day is an adventure for Mark Twain as he experiences new people, cultures, and events.
Mark Twain's memoirs of his days in the American West, still barely civilized the West, not Twain , scouring the hillsides for silver, encountering wild gunslingers and traveling by stagecoach, even visiting Hawaii. Hoping to find his fortune, he conceived a wild scheme of making a fortune in South America. Travel is yet another major theme of Mark Twain's writing. He was full of hope, pluck and philosophy; he was well read and a man of cultivated taste; he had a bright wit and was a master of satire; his kindliness and his generous spirit made him royal in my eyes and changed his curb-stone seat to a throne and his damaged hat to a crown. Questo viaggio, tra Nevada e Isole Sandwich, è allietato dalla affabulazione squisita e mai invadente di un uomo di cui leggerei anche gli appunti per la spesa del giorno. His disbelief and wonder are told with humor that endeared Twain to American audiences.
Twain's conversational and gloriously evocative writing slips easily and almost undetectably between memoir and tall tale. And on the fourth day, which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceeding sore. I started it months ago and read about 5 or 6 meanwhile. I allude to the rise, growth and culmination of the silver-mining fever in Nevada—a curious episode, in some respects; the only one, of its peculiar kind, that has occurred in the land; and the only one, indeed, that is likely to occur in it. For many of my students, that probably is cause enough for desecration to his remains, yet it is undeniable that the man hit a chord with me that has never gone away. I was gifted a 1994 edition that includes the original illustrations that added to this ripping 19th century time capsule travelogue. And it came to pass that on the morrow they did go again to battle, and great and terrible was that day; nevertheless they conquered not, and when the night came again, they did rend the air with their cries, and their howlings, and their mournings, for the loss of the slain of their people.
This book became so popular overseas that it would propel him into an international star. His first person account of the trip will resonate with travelers today he and I feel inadequate to finding the words to recommend this book. Most of the book is a travelogue of his journey to Nevada and the years spent there during the silver rush. Tell us that's not a rom-com in the making. He also makes a side trip to Hawaii which is fun and interesting to know what Honolulu was like when still under a King. We are acquainted with a wealth of characters like Old Miss Wagner and her borrowed glass eye, Mr.
Joseph, Twain and his brother head west through Missouri, eventually making it to Nebraska. Granted I didn't spend too much time looking. Higbie, later a civil engineer who died in 1914. His travels finally lead him to the Hawaiian Islands where he visits volcanoes, plantations, and lava lands. So I was scared into being a city editor. This is a beautifully produced audiobook and a perfect marriage between author and reader.
After the failure of this last project, he accepts a job and moves to the Sandwich Island, where he spends six months. I crossed into Missouri at the town of Hannibal. There are a few dull stories some long passages quoted from newspapers had me skipping ahead looking for the punchline, any punchline , but they are made up for by the story about Twain getting lost in a snowstorm. I didn't make it to 80%. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord; and after I had prayed, the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great calm. Like his silver-mining adventures, there are many worthy, entertaining parts to this book, but you must chip through some lesser material to get to it.
Lastly this read is full of fabulous vocabulary. I know he was anti-slavery so found it interesting that he didn't return to the States from Nevada to join the cause. I give it 3 stars based on its historical significance and source material not historical facts, mind you, as one was never certain where fact ended and fiction began , but things like popular phraseology of the time period and the actual language. Roughing It contains much of Twain's signature humor and exaggeration, but describes a society and landscape that is recognizable from history, and maintains his fidelity, for the most part, to the truth. Almost like a land of paradise, quite different from the Wild West.