The Innocents Abroad

The Innocents Abroad - Penguin Classics

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Based on letters Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, THE INNOCENTS ABROAD (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Twain's perspective was fresh and irreverent: tour guides, he writes, 'interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling' and the saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are 'battered and broken-nosed old fellows'. As unimpressed by American manners as he is by European attitudes, Twain concludes that 'human nature is very much the same all over the world'.

Book information

ISBN: 9780142437087
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 818.403
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Sales rank: 27602
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 428g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 29mm