Roughing It

Roughing It

eBook - 2014
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The Wild West as Mark Twain lived it In 1861, Mark Twain joined his older brother Orion, the newly appointed secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey from Missouri to Carson City, Nevada. Planning to be gone for three months, Twain spent the next “six or seven years” exploring the great American frontier, from the monumental vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the lush landscapes of Hawaii. Along the way, he made and lost a theoretical fortune, danced like a kangaroo in the finest hotels of San Francisco, and came to terms with freezing to death in a snow bank—only to discover, in the light of morning, that he was fifteen steps from a comfortable inn. As a record of the “variegated vagabondizing” that characterized his early years—before he became a national treasure— Roughing It is an indispensable chapter in the biography of Mark Twain. It is also, a century and a half after it was first published, both a fascinating history of the American West and a laugh-out-loud good time.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media,, 2014
ISBN: 9781480483828
1480483826
Characteristics: 1 online resource (480 pages)

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lukasevansherman
Jul 21, 2014

"All jaw, vanity, bombast, and ignorance."
While justly famous for "Huck Finn" and "Tom Sawyer," the prolific Mark Twain also wrote a good deal of non-fiction, much of it related to work and travel. in "The Innocents Abroad," he traveled with a tour to the Holy Land and gave his sardonic observations, while in "Life on the Mississippi," he related his experiences of working on a riverboat. "Roughing It" follows him on his adventures in the West, working as a reporter, mining for gold, and drifting around the country (including Hawaii). Twain's voice-flinty, ironic, droll, slightly disgusted-is one of the greatest in American literature and is on fine display here. Like a lot of iconic American writers, he can find a lot to love and a lot to despise about the land and its people.

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