A Tramp Abroad

A Tramp Abroad

Book - 1997
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Twain's account of traveling in Europe, A Tramp Abroad (1880) sparkles with the author's shrewd observations and highly opinionated comments on Old World culture and showcases his unparalleled ability to integrate humorous sketches, autobiographical tidbits, and historical anecdotes in a consistently entertaining narrative. Cast in the form of a burlesque walking tour through Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy, A Tramp Abroad includes among its adventure a voyage by raft down the Neckar and an ascent of Mont Blanc by telescope, as well as the author's attempts to study Art - a wholly imagined activity Twain "authenticated" with his own wonderfully primitive pictures included in this volume.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 1997
ISBN: 9780140436082
Branch Call Number: 818/.409/Twain 359401 1
Characteristics: xxxiii, 411 p. : ill. ; 20 cm. --


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Aug 20, 2014

Though not as widely read as his novels, Twain's travel writings, which include "The Innocents Abroad" and "Roughing It," may be his finest achievement and the best example of his distinctly American voice. In this book, he sets off for Europe and gives us observations that are both iconoclastic (he's not a fan of Wagner) and sincere. For those used to the more sardonic Twain, there are some more lyrical passages when he encounters nature. Required reading for Twain fans and students of American literature.

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