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A Tramp Abroad (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

A Tramp Abroad (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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Overview

In A Tramp Abroad (1880), written eleven years after the best-selling Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain claims to be mad for adventure. Instead, he is more likely to scale a mountain by telescope or launch a fantasy expedition to conquer a mountain hotel. In the end, Twain weaves observation, folk tales, tall tales, and imagination into a narrative that both celebrates travel and satirizes the traveler.

Born November 30, 1835, in the frontier town of Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens adopted the pen name Mark Twain. The name was a term that he often heard during his days as a Mississippi River pilot. A prolific author, Twain is best known for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760773628
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 12/22/2005
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist noted for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has been called "The Great American Novel") and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among many other books. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and he spent time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before finding fame as a writer.

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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A Tramp Abroad 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
bkmcneil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As Dave Eggers says in the introduction, this book is funny. Sure, there are times when Twain's descriptions and narrative run a little long, but the many humorous vignettes in this book make up for those portions. The chapters detailing the humorously exaggerated epic ascent of a mountain when they really were just lost in the fog. The longest running joke throughout the book is how Twain and his companion hardly ever walk anywhere in their "walking tour." The appendices are also very funny as stand-alone pieces, especially the one on the "awful" German language. Overall, a very enjoyable read, even if you are not a Twain fan.
Oreillynsf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Twain writes a strong travelogue, and A Tramp Abroad is no exception. His xenophobia is in rare form here. While perhaps not as strong as The Innocents Abroad, it's an entertaining ride just the same. You'll never look at Germany and Germans the same way again. I'm told that Germans love The Simpsons, this book is our chance to return the good natured laughter.
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MikeLaville More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!
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