Roughing It

Roughing It

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being down-and-out in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more. This humorous account is a patchwork of personal anecdotes and tall tales, many of them told in the ?vigorous new vernacular? of the West. Selling seventy five thousand copies within a year of its publication in 1872, Roughing It was greeted as a work of ?wild, preposterous invention and sublime exaggeration? whose satiric humor made ?pretension and false dignity ridiculous.? Meticulously restored from a variety of original sources, this text adheres to the author's wishes in thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781455115389
145511538X
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (15hr., 46 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover
hoopla digital
Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla

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bconley23
Feb 06, 2016

This book, obviously a classic, was a little bit all over the place for me. It was difficult to follow Mark Twain's train of thought. That being said, it was really interesting to listen to the truths and tall tales of how it was to live in the United States in the early years as a traveling journalist. There's definitely an ethnocentric view of the culture going on here, but I really appreciated hearing Mark Twain's perspective first hand.

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