Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

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Fashioned from the same experiences that would inspire the masterpiece Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain's most brilliant and most personal nonfiction work. It is at once an affectionate evocation of the vital river life in the steamboat era and a melancholy reminiscence of its passing after the Civil War, a priceless collection of humorous anecdotes and folktales, and a unique glimpse into Twain's life before he began to write.

Written in a prose style that has been hailed as among the greatest in English literature, Life on the Mississippi established Twain as not only the most popular humorist of his time but also America's most profound chronicler of the human comedy.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2007
Edition: 2007 Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780375759376
Branch Call Number: 818.409 Twain
Characteristics: xviii, 388 pages ;,21 cm


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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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