A Tramp Abroad (2020)

A Tramp Abroad Mark Twain James S. Leonard A Tramp Abroad A Tramp Abroad published in is Mark Twain s second travel book a sequel to his immensely popular The Innocents Abroad Here Twain returns to Europe in the company as Russell Banks puts it in h
  • Title: A Tramp Abroad
  • Author: Mark Twain James S. Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780195101379
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
A Tramp Abroad Mark Twain James S. Leonard A Tramp Abroad, published in 1880, is Mark Twain s second travel book, a sequel to his immensely popular The Innocents Abroad Here Twain returns to Europe in the company, as Russell Banks puts it in his introduction, of a genial goad, guide, and all purpose straight man modeled on his friend and real life traveling companion, Joe Twitchell, who plays Butch Cassidy to TA Tramp Abroad, published in 1880, is Mark Twain s second travel book, a sequel to his immensely popular The Innocents Abroad Here Twain returns to Europe in the company, as Russell Banks puts it in his introduction, of a genial goad, guide, and all purpose straight man modeled on his friend and real life traveling companion, Joe Twitchell, who plays Butch Cassidy to Twain s Sundance, Sancho to his Quixote The eccentric journey they take through Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and other countries constantly veers into imaginative burlesques, exaggerations, tall tales, and humorous digressions, the most well known of which are the inimitable Baker s Blue Jay Yarn and The Awful German Language The travelers gamely take in student duels, Wagnerian opera, and the works of the Old Masters they travel by raft, train, and donkey cart, listen to folk legends and dreadful pianists, scale the Alps, and view cathedrals he found noble in their ugliness But the sight that cheers them most is that of New York harbor on their return A Tramp Abroad, Banks reminds us, celebrates two American males clearly blessed with the gift of friendship, of giving it and of receiving and holding onto it.
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  1. Lorenzo Berardi

    I bought this book by mistake in one of those charity shops that make any idle and rainy Saturday in Oxford a treasure hunt What I thought I had found was actually Innocents Abroad by the same Mark Twain, but somehow the word tramp was left out of my raptorous glance Well, A Tramp Abroad revolves around pretty much the same topic of Innocents Abroad which is Mr Twain touring Europe proud of being an American but at the same time eager to get all that the Old Continent has to offer to his transat [...]

  2. Rob

    First, I m glad I ve already read The Innocents Abroad, or else at some point I d have little to no idea what Twain is talking about when he refers to incidents on that trip, which happens occasionally This seems a slightly serious book than that, too, which shows me some of the changes not to mention growth in Twain himself, which adds interest.Beyond that, there s no easy way to categorize this book humorous travelogue, social critique of both Europe and the U.S in which neither has everythin [...]

  3. Lyn Elliott

    I found a part 1 on iBooks and read it in about an hour of a 3 hour plane trip It was fun, made me laugh in parts Clements was clearly fascinated by the student dueling culture in Heidelberg at the time, observing the rituals with keen interest and some excitement, I suspect I m not sure that I ll pursue later parts, but this was perfect in air reading.

  4. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

    Funny, but not hilarious Mostly tongue in cheek hyperboles, Mark Twain recounts here his 15 month walking trip through Central Europe and the Alps in 1878 1879 I have only one kind of test for humorous, or supposedly humorous, books the sound test Five stars if it made me laugh out loud four stars if it made me chuckle three stars if it made me smile two stars if it just made light up inside a star if I found it funny without any change in me, or if it wasn t funny at all.In his Introduction Dav [...]

  5. Jenny

    I love Mark Twain, but this is probably my least favorite book of his There are parts with beautiful descriptions and parts that made me chuckle, but the stories and legends were annoying and felt out of place My dad and I just wanted it to be over He kept saying, I miss Madeleine, referring to L Engle, whose books we read together just before starting A Tramp Abroad I only recommend this if you re a staunch Twain fan I m sure there are other humorous travel books out there much worth reading.

  6. Jesse

    This is by far my favorite of Twain s works When you go to Europe you need this book Paris and Venice are the two greatest lies ever told Brilliant Cause they are When you read this you must realize that Twain is a sarcastic American debunking all the European myth and glory Most of what you know about Europe has been sold as a marketing campaign Twain realizes that reality lays not in a travel brochure but in the real travel and observation of that place Excellent.

  7. Patrick Hadley

    Twain is absolutely hilarious His satire is always firmly focused on pretension, and it never misfires I was laughing out loud throughout the entire book When there was nobody to humble and no pretension to mock, he could in turn give wonderful descriptions of scenery, peoples, and customs As imaginative and bitingly hilarious as Swift, but with one foot always firmly on the ground.

  8. Devi

    Ich habe die vollst ndige H rbuchfassung des Buches geh rt Und Mark Twains Geschichten zuzuh ren macht m chtig Spa Abzug in der B Note gibt es, weil ich den Sprecher nicht mochte Egal Ich h tte das Buch vermutlich fr her oder sp ter selbst gelesen, aber das H rbuch bekam ich geschenkt und nem geschenkten Gaul schaut man nicht ins Maul.

  9. M Huv

    Mark Twain s travels through Europe and his sharp commentary on society and culture and relevant AND funny over a century later My fave book I lurrved it.

  10. Eric

    Mark Twain is considered one of the great American writers of the 19th century, yah yah, you ve heard it all before While most people know him from the tales of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Twain also wrote non fiction In A Tramp Abroad , Twain writes about his experience travelling through Europe in the 1880s It s actually his second trip, the first trip he wrote about in Innocents Abroad.Then an innocent, now a tramp Nice.It didn t take me long to make up my mind, Twain is dope His masterf [...]

  11. Ryan Milbrath

    When I think of Mark Twain I think of my sopho year English class in High School We read Huckleberry Finn In eighth grade I remember reading Tom Sawyer In both cases I remember the teacher engaging us in lengthy discussions of youth, naivet , racism, American culture during the 1800 s, and Samuel Clemens own tramp like background Ever since those teachable moments in literature I wanted to meet this Mr Twain He seemed like my kind of person witty, tongue in cheek, mischievous, idealist, and subt [...]

  12. Caitlin

    This is an enjoyable read but scattered in its organization Mark Twain is proud of his own wit and sprinkles it all over his descriptions of European culture and landscapes This book was particularly meaningful for me because I am living in Germany and have had similar experiences as he did well over one hundred years ago For example, his descriptions of Heidelberg and its castle ruin are just like my experiences there the rolling, forested hills above the Necker river the castle on the hill ill [...]

  13. Rob

    Very interesting reading this on the heels of The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac There is a key phrase from A Tramp Abroad , comparisons are odious which has always struck me It appears notably in both of these books A Tramp Abroad is really interesting as a travelogue, a glimpse into 19th century Europe from a sharp and acute observer Twain s descriptions of villages, hotel s, hotel customs, restaurant fare, mountains and mountain climbing, art and artists, architecture are joys to read He delves [...]

  14. Hall's Bookshop

    For Mark Twain, humour was best served dry so dry that sometimes it s hard to tell where one joke end and the next begins Indeed, I was actually under the impression that this book was The Innocents Abroad when I started reading it, so Twain gets one jab in post mortem Germans, Swiss, Americans and the English are all equally laid waste, along with Rhine wine and mountain climbing And of course, this being the story of an epic journey across Europe on foot, Twain and his companion Harris manage [...]

  15. Barbara

    Fascinating, fraught and hilarious I m pretty much besotted by that part of the world anyway and I enjoyed travelling back in time This is the book which contains the famous essay The Awful German Language read it for that alone and it relates an episode which will put you off forever from attempting to scale the Matterhorn.

  16. Madhushi Bandara

    Another legendary story Learned a lot about Europe culture, attractions and language The annex about German language was mind blowing I don t know how much of this was true but enjoyed the reading Sometimes the tiny details may bore the reader but those are essential for the story I savoured his sarcasm towards tourists, opera etc.

  17. Bookista

    Uneven in parts but oh so good It s his travels through Europe on foot Some of the best bits failure to see the sunrise in Switzerland, meeting other American tourists abroad, his friend Harris Protestant dislike of Catholic glaciers.

  18. Connie

    I m only on page 20 but blown away by similarities in Twain s observations of the beer drinking hijinks of university students in His day in Heidleberg and my own observations of modern day university students and their quest of the same sorts of drunken prowess.

  19. Daniel

    Slow in spots but in other places hilarious, Twain recounts his travels through mostly Germany and Switzerland Don t miss his essay on the German language in the appendix.

  20. Dwayne

    Meh, s a rightting use of language, but somewhat dated by same Still, worth reading for this very reason some of us LIKE writing in an old fashioned style.

  21. Will

    A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.He would have to do without his accustomed morning meal That is too formidable a change altogether he would necessarily suffer from it He could get the shadow, the sham, the base counterfeit of that meal but it would do him no good, and money would not buy the reality.To particularize the average American s simplest and commone [...]

  22. Jason

    Well, it looks like all of Twain s travel books might be getting three stars from me So far we re three for three at three, but I definitely have a ranking Roughing It is my favorite of the ones I ve read so far because it had anecdotal asides than the others, and those make the book Plus I m an American, and that one takes place in America, so I m familiar with the territory In fact, Roughing It would ve been a four star book if it weren t for the last section on Hawaii which was kind of slow [...]

  23. Nicholas During

    Mark Twain s voice does seem the quintessential American voice I haven t read The Innocents Abroad or, The New Pilgrims Progress, so I m not sure if there is much difference, but I loved this book.First is the voice, which is a strange, and hilarious, melange of the real Twain I guess , his protagonist a fool , vivid descriptions of the sights, events, and people meet and seen on the way, and opinions that veer between complete humor and ironical common sense And it is not just the narrator s vo [...]

  24. S.P. Moss

    THE ALTERNATIVE BAEDEKER Published in 1880, A Tramp Abroad is a mix of autobiography and fiction covering the author s travels in Southern Germany, the Swiss Alps and Italy.The title sets the tone for the book in that tramp in either sense of the word is a deliberate misnomer, as Mr Twain Clemens rarely travels by foot, taking advantage of the transport available at the time trains, rafts, carriages, steamers, mules and the services of that all important courier.This is a very long book and one [...]

  25. Rita

    What I have is the abridged edition 300 pp only of 1977 In his intro which I found not terriby well written , Charles Neider gives highly useful context for the book Twain wrote this book because he had to, he needed the money to support his family Neider thinks it is better and funnier than Innocents in places But very uneven, and that s why he produced this abridged version I have never read Innocents, and perhaps need not attempt toThe chapter making fun of the German language is really price [...]

  26. Martin Burrows

    I like anything by Mark Twain, and this book, A Tramp Abroad is no exception, however this is not one I would recommend to someone who has not already developed a taste for him This is his second book about his European Travels, the first one, Innocents Abroad, was about a trip he took about 12 years prior to the trip that A Tramp Abroad is about This book was written in 1880, so you have to read it with a perspective of someone living over 135 years ago European Travel, for average Americans, w [...]

  27. Ritja

    Mit Mark Twain durch Europa zu bummeln, ist eine Reise in die Vergangenheit und muss mit viel Mu e angegangen werden Mark Twain reist noch recht munter und flott durch Deutschland, bleibt etwas l nger im Heidelberger Studentenleben h ngen und vers t dem Zuh rer die Zeit mit Humor und Ironie Mit ihm in der Oper zu sitzen, brachte mich zum Lachen Sein Erstaunen ber das deutsche Verhalten in der Oper und die Beschreibungen der Opern waren sehr am sant Auch die Beschreibungen seiner Unterk nfte ware [...]

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