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The Innocents Abroad (Penguin Classics)

ISBN13: 9780142437087
ISBN: 0142437085
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $15.0
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Pages: 560
Average Goodreads rating: 3.86/5 (71 ratings)

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'.