Although the family was not wealthy, Twain apparently had a happy and secure childhood. This is my second Twain book in my adult life. Twain's brother is appointed to a government position in Nevada, and he takes his little brother along as his secretary. I skipped many chapters about his time in Hawaii. My favorite parts of the whole book was his take on Mormons and their religion. What a gem it must have been to be able to see it before there were roads, and casinos, and houses built right by the lake shore. Go West, Young Men In July of 1861, Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Clemens, sets off on a journey to the West with his brother, Orion Clemens.
My good opinion of the editors had steadily declined; for it seemed to me that they might have found something better to fill up with than my literature. Twain's brother Orion convinced him to go west on an expedition, a trip which became the subject matter of a later work, Roughing It. Throughout the book, Twain vividly expresses details about his travels. Directed by ; it starred as an elderly Samuel Clemens and as a young Clemens. So I had to go.
I know he was anti-slavery so found it interesting that he didn't return to the States from Nevada to join the cause. If you've read Twain's novels and want more, give his travel writing a try. Almost like a land of paradise, quite different from the Wild West. The book follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861—1867. I desired no higher commendation. Comic set pieces with caricature-like characters get stale before they've begun, and he spins them out as if he was being paid by the word.
The only problem is, when you read this book a second time, a lot of what Mark Twain actually has to say about the west is really creepy. Roughing It is tongue in cheek, sarcastic, fantastic, humorous, wild, and ridiculous. Wanna read about Mark Twain trying to surf? Chuckle as he beholds the exotic wholesomeness of Mormons: Salt Lake City was healthy - an extremely healthy city. I left him in Hawaii. While driving down the Great River Road in Iowa, one of my windshield wipers snapped.
Mostly because I couldn't believe what I was seeing, and I try to imagine someone trying to get such things published today. I know that most every student in most every American Lit 301 class is instructed that Melville's is the great American novel, but Twain's works must be high on the list of great American literature. Instead he tells a story. Flawed though they are, the middle chapters of Roughing It do, in fits and starts, present a compelling picture of various societies in the wild west and San Francisco, and a shadowy autobiography of Clemens. This is the second novel that he wrote. He just happened to come of age during the tumult of the War Between the States, a time when slavery was still the law of half of the land.
This verse is from the same chapter: Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate, because of their filthiness and the cursings which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you; for they have not forgotten the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our fathers, that they should have, save it were one wife; and concubines they should have none. I am particularly prone to wanderlust and adventurous pursuits myself, and you cannot find a better book or a more kindred spirit in this regard. He was full of hope, pluck and philosophy; he was well read and a man of cultivated taste; he had a bright wit and was a master of satire; his kindliness and his generous spirit made him royal in my eyes and changed his curb-stone seat to a throne and his damaged hat to a crown. Twain consulted his brother's diary to refresh his memory and borrowed heavily from his active imagination for many stories in the book. It was written in 1870—71 and published in 1872, as a prequel to his first travel book 1869.
I had studied law an entire week, and then given it up because it was so prosy and tiresome. Still, Twain's embellishing touch is evident, and you can see the celebrated writer through the awkward passages. It seemed to me that it was better written, but that may have been because its style was still new to me. In his youth, Twain traveled extensively throughout the untamed American West with his brother, working his way from town to town in a variety of jobs, including gold prospector Though known throughout the world for his fictional novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain was also a skilled chronicler of his own life and experiences. I think Twain himself recognized this, as he is found This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. And 'uh oh' was right. There were great and fascinating sections in this book.
I give it 3 stars based on its historical significance and source material not historical facts, mind you, as one was never certain where fact ended and fiction began , but things like popular phraseology of the time period and the actual language. This is very much a patchwork, and a long one at that: personal recollections are interwoven with tall tales, and occasionally peppered with some political incorrectness that's uncomfortable to read in these supposedly more enlightened days. The second guessing myself became maddening. Being a Nevadan, I could truly appreciate many of the stories Twain related in his book. I accidentally ended up in the town where Mark Twain was born. I so enjoy Twain's sketches, and Hawaii definitely gets its fair share.
His disbelief and wonder are told with humor that endeared Twain to American audiences. Whereas the parts where he is achingly funny tend to have a certain realness about them - Clemens is making observations about things trivial and profound that he actually sees or concepts he is grappling with in life. This third and final volume crowns and completes his life's work. They did, and while the kind woman was pouring me a cup, she asked if I had been to the Mark Twain house yet. In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. The theme of the book is written with a western voice and reflects styles of the Wild West. I regret this very much; but really it could not be helped.