10 thoughts on “Roughing It

  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    Mark Twain s semi autobiographical work about the American west in the 1860 s I know that most every student in most every American Lit 301 class is instructed that Melville s Moby Dick or, The Whale is the great American novel, but Twain s works must be high on the list of great American literature This was like Forrest Gump a hundred years early Twain meets Brigham Young, works as a sil

  2. Melki Melki says:

    Yes, take it all around, there is quite a good deal of information in the book I regret this very much but really it could not be helped .Tag along on some travels with Twain as he heads way out west, commenting nonstop on all the new flora and fauna he sees along the way Chuckle as he beholds the exotic wholesomeness of Mormons Salt Lake City was healthy an extremely healthy city They declared t

  3. Supineny Supineny says:

    The first quarter of Roughing It is really great the description of his stage coach trip with to Nevada is great travel writing, laced with irony and sly humor That it is describing a lost world makes it that muchentertaining Exquisite.There s just one humorous episode concerning a bull that interjects during this part of the book and it seems disconcertingly false kind of corny and cartoonish in a not t

  4. Robert Case Robert Case says:

    Roughing It is a memoir covering a six year span of Mark Twain s years as a young journalist and occasional miner It might also be classified as his coming of age story 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 From his descriptions of Native Americans, African Americans, and Chinese, there can be little doubt that a

  5. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    Turn out, boys The tarantulas is loose This is probably the funniest work of classic literature I have ever read Page for page, it haslaugh out loud moments than anything I ve ever seen It even leaves THE PICKWICK PAPERS by Charles Dickens and TOM JONES by Henry Fielding in the dust It really makes you wonder what it must have been like to listen to Mark Twain on the lecture circuit in his prime from 1875 to 1895 It mus

  6. Judi Judi says:

    I read someone else s comment that this book is not his best that it is disorganized and the beginning parts are based on his brother s diary entries and not his own Regardless, I decided to read this after vacationing in Nevada and visiting Virginia City As a followup to that vacation, it was a good read In my opinion, the best part of this book is the beginning I liked reading about life during that time It seemed to me that

  7. H H says:

    Who would have thought Mark Twain could actually be funny It s a shame most students first exposure to him is through Huck Finn, which I found to be much less accessible than this book, which was entertaining and interesting and to me a muchpalatable introduction to his style This book is delightful and episodic, and some encounters the Bemis and the Buffalo tale and the encounter with Slade in particular are standalone masterpieces of

  8. Michael Clemens Michael Clemens says:

    Very obviously an early work, and a patchwork of Twain s experiences as he opted to mostly miss the Civil War by traveling into the then territorial west of North America 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 supposedlyenlightened days The Mormon church and native Hawaiians bea

  9. Christopher Christopher says:

    Here we have Mr Mark Twain s memoirs of his days in the American West, still barely civilized the West, not Twain , scouring the hillsides for silver, encountering wild gunslingers and traveling by stagecoach, even visiting Hawaii Wanna read about Mark Twain trying to surf This is the book for you Twain revels in the type of story that lies somewhere between fact and fiction His stories are stranger than both fact or fiction they are of their own bree

  10. Jon Ingram Jon Ingram says:

    This is by far one of the best books I have ever read I am particularly prone to wanderlust and adventurous pursuits myself, and you cannot find a better book or akindred spirit in this regard This book is also very funny, and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions It is true, as other reviewers have said, that the book lags a little bit around the mark due to including too much detailed information on various subjects I think Twain himself recogn

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