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Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

Book - 2001
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At once a romantic history of the mighty Mississippi River, an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days, and a storehouse of anecdotes and sketches, this stirring account of America's vanished past is the raw material from which Twain wrote his finest novel--"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". A new introduction is provided by Twain biographer, Justin Kaplan.
Publisher: New York : Signet Classic, [2001]
ISBN: 9780451528179
Call Number: 921 TWAIN
Characteristics: xxi, 359 p. ; 18 cm
Subjects: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Travel -- Mississippi River.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Pilots and pilotage -- Mississippi River.
Steamboats -- Mississippi River.
Mississippi River Valley -- Social life and customs.
Mississippi River -- Description and travel.


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Feb 28, 2021

We read this book while sailing on a paddlewheel steamboat cruise from St. Paul to New Orleans. As such, the sections of the book in which Twain noted the changes that ended the Era were interesting.

WCL_Kiirstin Nov 13, 2019

Mark Twain could write. This narrative is split into two: the first part is about the river, and about his relatively short career as a river pilot; the second is the record of his return, a trip up the entire river from New Orleans to St. Paul some twenty-five years later. As a peek into a particular time and a travel guide to a place that no longer exists, it's first rate. His language is delightful and the descriptions are vivid; his sense of humour is dry and occasionally wicked. Do be aware that it is of its time period, and there are words and attitudes that are occasionally wince-inducing and sometimes extremely off-putting to a modern reader.

Mar 27, 2016

Recommendation to read just chapters 4-21.


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WCL_Kiirstin Nov 13, 2019

"The dawn creeps in stealthily; the solid walls of black forest soften to gray, and vast stretches of the river open up and reveal themselves; the water is glass-smooth, gives off spectral little wreaths of white mist, there is not the faintest breath of wind, nor stir of leaf; the tranquility is profound and infinitely satisfying. Then a bird pipes up, another follows, and soon the pipings develop into a jubilant riot of music. You see none of the birds; you simply move through an atmosphere of song which seems to sing itself."


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