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The Innocents Abroad

Mark Twain

Writer/entertainer Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion) on “The Innocents Abroad”: “…one of the best selling travel books of all time.” (The Writer’s Almanac, June 8, 2012) When you dive into Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) The Innocents Abroad, you have to be ready to learn more about the unadorned, ungilded reality of 19th century “touring” than you might think you want to learn. This is a tough, literary journey. It was tough for Twain and his fellow “pilgrims”, both religious and otherwise. They set out, on a June day in 1867, to visit major tourist sites in Europe and the near east, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, “the Holy Land”, and Egypt. What Twain records, in often humorous, sometimes grotesque but always fascinating detail, are the day-to-day ups and downs of discovering the truth about people and places. The truths they learn are often far different than their education and rumor have made them preconceive. This is a voyage of discovery. It’s long and, in places, tiresome. But it’s revelatory about so much. As with some of his other works, Twain includes popular prejudices of his time, which are today considered socially unacceptable. His references to “Indians”, “Negroes” and “infidels” come to mind. Beyond the lows, though, there are the highs of Twain’s cutting wit and insight as he guides us along the bumpy and often dangerous voyage. No need to buckle up. Just take it slow, and steady…like the journey itself. (Summary by John Greenman)

Writer/entertainer Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion) on “The Innocents Abroad”: “…one of the best selling travel books of all time.” (The Writer’s Almanac, June 8, 2012) When you dive into Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) The Innocents Abroad, you have to be ready to learn more about the unadorned, ungilded reality of 19th century “touring” than you might think you want to learn. This is a tough, literary journey. It was tough for Twain and his fellow “pilgrims”, both religious and otherwise. They set out, on a June day in 1867, to visit major tourist sites in Europe and the near east, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, “the Holy Land”, and Egypt. What Twain records, in often humorous, sometimes grotesque but always fascinating detail, are the day-to-day ups and downs of discovering the truth about people and places. The truths they learn are often far different than their education and rumor have made them preconceive. This is a voyage of discovery. It’s long and, in places, tiresome. But it’s revelatory about so much. As with some of his other works, Twain includes popular prejudices of his time, which are today considered socially unacceptable. His references to “Indians”, “Negroes” and “infidels” come to mind. Beyond the lows, though, there are the highs of Twain’s cutting wit and insight as he guides us along the bumpy and often dangerous voyage. No need to buckle up. Just take it slow, and steady…like the journey itself. (Summary by John Greenman)
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Writer/entertainer Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion) on “The Innocents Abroad”: “…one of the best selling travel books of all time.” (The Writer’s Almanac, June 8, 2012) When you dive into Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) The Innocents Abroad, you have to be ready to learn more about the unadorned, ungilded reality of 19th century “touring” than you might think you want to learn. This is a tough, literary journey. It was tough for Twain and his fellow “pilgrims”, both religious and otherwise. They set out, on a June day in 1867, to visit major tourist sites in Europe and the near east, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, “the Holy Land”, and Egypt. What Twain records, in often humorous, sometimes grotesque but always fascinating detail, are the day-to-day ups and downs of discovering the truth about people and places. The truths they learn are often far different than their education and rumor have made them preconceive. This is a voyage of discovery. It’s long and, in places, tiresome. But it’s revelatory about so much. As with some of his other works, Twain includes popular prejudices of his time, which are today considered socially unacceptable. His references to “Indians”, “Negroes” and “infidels” come to mind. Beyond the lows, though, there are the highs of Twain’s cutting wit and insight as he guides us along the bumpy and often dangerous voyage. No need to buckle up. Just take it slow, and steady…like the journey itself. (Summary by John Greenman)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

19h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

43:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

40:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

30:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

47:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

39:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

31:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

26:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

28:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

23:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

28:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

32:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

23:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

36:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

17:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

31:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

23:00