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Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain, Jonathan Raban
Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi
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Part travel book, part autobiography, and part social commentary, Life on the Mississippi is a memoir of the cub pilot's apprenticeship, a record of Twain's return to the river and to Hannibal as an adult, a meditation on the harsh vagaries of nature, and a study of the varied and sometimes... show more
Part travel book, part autobiography, and part social commentary, Life on the Mississippi is a memoir of the cub pilot's apprenticeship, a record of Twain's return to the river and to Hannibal as an adult, a meditation on the harsh vagaries of nature, and a study of the varied and sometimes violent activities engaged in by those who live on the river's shores.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781598530575 (1598530577)
Publisher: Library of America
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 Review: Life on the Mississippi
Recently, I participated in a writers' workshop. It took place in an inn that actually floats on the Missouri River. For five days, I was to be hypnotized by the river's ever-flowing current. I thought of Mark Twain, an author whose books I have never read. What better time could there be to acquain...
travelin
travelin rated it
3.0 Life on the Mississippi
It seems to me that Mark Twain is most effective when he is barnstorming or barnburning with a fire and brimstone bastardization of the masses. How can I say that? How can Mark Twain write a long, largely uninspiring account of the life and river which defined him as a steam captain?
Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it
A collection of stories and tall-tales from the pen of Mark Twain--and Twain always delivers.
wjmcomposer
wjmcomposer rated it
3.0 Life on the Mississippi (Penguin Classics)
The parts I enjoyed, I enjoyed greatly. The parts I did not, I very much did not. My only criticism of this book is it's amazing propensity to ramble. Where Twain rambles into a story, it's captivating. Where he rambles to describe some endless feature of a forgotten passage of the great river, not ...
KOMET
KOMET rated it
By turns, this book served as a travelogue, a history of the Mississippi, and as a source for Twain's reminiscences of his life as a steamboat pilot on the same river in the antebellum era. Of all these functions, I enjoyed most reading about Twain's return to the Mississippi in the early 1880s and...
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