Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

Book - 1917
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This is Mark Twain's humorous and poetic evocation of the history of the river. He recounts his years as a boy during the heyday of the steamboat era, the fulfillment of his dream of becoming a steamboat pilot, and above all, his love for the river. It also records his return to the Mississippi two decades later, to a way of life that had all but passed.
Publisher: New York City, New York : P. F. Collier & Son Company, ©1917
Edition: Authorized edition.
Copyright Date: ©1874
Characteristics: 526 pages :,black and white photographs ;,20 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.

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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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