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    Posted: 24-Feb-2005 at 14:40
I picked this one up last night because I was in the mood for fiction and had nothing new about. It's been a long time and I had forgotten how funny and enteraining Mark Twain can be.  Any comments on him or the book?
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Absolutely, read that book ages ago, totally hilarious. so much better than all the other ones that copied the same idea, apart from Catweazle, English TV series in the 70s. I think it's a shame Mark Twain is only known in Europe as the author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, great books as well, but he did write so much more, very funny guy.
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This is my favorite Twain book ever, the points it made about industrial societies versus religious institutions and chivalry fit my ideology perfectly.
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Oh, those aristocratic pigs...
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  Quote Tobodai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-Feb-2005 at 21:11
I love aristocrats, self made dynamic capitlists, not old inbred farts who lounge around all day saying "your poor breeding is giving me the fear"
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Still and always a big fan of Sam's.  Whichever I have in my hand is usually my favorite.  Have just finished rereading the collected short stories - I needed the laugh!  The McWilliams' and the Burgular Alarm, Adam and Eve, Niagra Falls and all that had me laughing out loud in public places - again.

Perhaps it's the years working with and lecturing to modern tourists - but Innocent's Abroad is one of my best loved Twain...  The ugly American tourist 19th century style - already insulting everyone they meet, already lording it over other cultures with the belief that everyting American is better, and the whole time desperately trying to educate themselves so as not to allow the world to see how insecure they are. Twain captures them brilliantly.

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