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The Innocents Abroad: Or, the New Pilgrims' Progress (Modern Library Classics)

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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, Twains 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 ones lifetime.” And Jane Jacobs observes in her Introduction, “If the reader is American, he may also find himself on a tour of his own psyche.”

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One of the most famous travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land, Twain's hilarious satire gleefully skewers the ethos of American tourism in Europe and reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. This edition features newly commissioned endnotes.

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Jane Jacobs?s books include The Nature of Economies and The Death and Life of Great American Cities, both of which are available in Modern Library clothbound editions. She lives in Toronto.

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dulcigal, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by dulcigal)
In 1867, a diverse group of Americans set off on a "Pleasure Excursion to Europe and the Holy Land." Journalist Mark Twain was one of those passengers, sending dispatches of the journey back to a San Francisco newspaper. His letters capture the excitement and challenges of world travel (modern-day travelers may notice that, human nature being what it is, not much has changed.) I first read The Innocents Abroad in 1973 and it's been a perennial re-read ever since.
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dulcigal, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by dulcigal)
In 1867, a diverse group of Americans set off on a "Pleasure Excursion to Europe and the Holy Land." Journalist Mark Twain was one of those passengers, sending dispatches of the journey back to a San Francisco newspaper. His letters capture the excitement and challenges of world travel (modern-day travelers may notice that, human nature being what it is, not much has changed.) I first read The Innocents Abroad in 1973 and it's been a perennial re-read ever since.
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too little space, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by too little space)
Why did it ever take me until I was 50 before I read a single book by Mark Twain? This book is long overdue on my reading list and Twain is now an author I will read more. I have seen several Mediterranean countries and regions which he toured in the book (written before he had mad his fame adn fortune with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn). He writes with such a tongue in cheek style that at times you suddenly realize he has just made yet another veiled joke about the people he meets, the passengers on his trip, and the sights he is seeing. I would recommmend this book to anyone who has toured or will see parts of the Mediterranean area...or who just wants to live vicariously thought his words.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812967050
Introduction:
Jacobs, Jane
Author:
Jacobs, Jane
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Europe Description and travel.
Subject:
Middle East Description and travel.
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
2002-15
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 1.15 in 0.85 lb

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