Roughing it

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American Publishing Company, 1873 - 591 pages
 

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Twain couldda left the Hawaii parts out of it - the book gets draggy here - but the rest is pure genius.
The silver mines and the stagecoach parts all provided some new insight to me, and since I
live now in some of the same area where he was, and have fished in others (Frogtown, Calvaras, San Andreas) I have a deeper appreciation of him, his travels and travails.
The dialog is obviously 'dated' with their local and period-correct jargon, and that's a pearl of great value to me too. Archaic words and phraseology identify the book as a 'been there-saw it-wrote about it' tome of personal accomplishment (survival comes to mind) and technical details keep me in awe of his powers of observation and gettin' it onto paper.
Congratulate him you will when you read it.
 

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Mark Twain, scars, racism, outrageousness and all.
I recently published this as an audiobook, my latest addition to the Mark Twain In Person Audio Book Library. Google that web site if you like Mark
Twain, *please*. It is a very valuable historical document capturing the spirit and the truth of the times and the "American Frontier" like no other book has done. It is true that there is an unhappy strain of racism coming from Mr. Clemens in parts of this book. In spite of this, or rather in addition to this, he captures the spirit, the times and the natural world of this lawless territory. The racism alluded to in this book is principally against Native Americans, and it cannot be denied. It is a sad truth that this was a common prejudice in the frontier west. I feel one has to try to see past Mr. Clemens shortcomings and try to find your joy and enlightenment in his descriptions of natural wonders, frontier charac I'll send a link to anyone on this forum for a free copy of my recording of Roughing It, if you'll honor my gift by listening to it and writing a short review, no holds barred. In fact, I'm so interested in your thoughts that I'll post your review here. --Richard Henzel, Publisher, Mark Twain In Person Audio Library. 

Contents

Meditation
32
On Business
33
IIX C STRATIONB
36
CHAPTER IV
37
Thied Trip of the Inarhidoud
41
An Heieloom
42
1S Dionified Enile lit DRINKING SHMGULLION 20 A Jore without Cream 21 Pullman Car Dinino Saloon
47
New AcquaintancesThe CayoteA Dogs ExperiencesA Disgusted
48
CHAPTER VII
60
Our Morning Ride 23 Prairie Dogs 24 A Catote 25 Showing Respect to Relatives J 2fi The ConDi cTof C 27 TeACHInO A St nORDINATE M Jack a...
65
A Wonderful
68
Dverland CityCrossing the PlatteBemiss Buffalo HuntAssault
70
eo ovn House 91 AT Bf SINESS
74
Indian Country
75
LVSTKATIOXS
80
A Proposed Fist Fight
81
Tailpiece
84
CHAPTER XI
90
Slade in Court
92
CHAPTER XII
97
A Wipes Lamrntations
99
It Spoiled thr Melon
104
CHAPTER XIII
108
Rffects op Valley Tan
110
CO The Conteactor refore the King
116
A Gentile DenPolygamy DiscussedFavorite Wife and D 4
119
CHAPTER XVI
127
G3 A Reraiiradle Resemrlance
131
CHAPTER XVII
136
GS Threg Sides to a Question
137
Alkali DesertRomance of Crossing DispelledAlkali DustEffect
143
TailPiece
147
Hie Digger Indians Compared with the Bushmen of AfricaFood
148
Bottling an Anecdote
154
The Great American DesertForty Miles on BonesLakes Without
155
The Washge Zephyr
161
The Son of a NabobStart for Lake TahoeSplendor of the Views
168
Strered
169
0 Fiout At Lare Tahor Frai jTaor Face Page 176
176
CHAPTER XXIV
178
YOU MIGHT THINK HIM AN AteMRICAN HORSE
179
Unexpected Elevation 1M 95 Universally Unsrttled
181
RIDING THE PLUOt
182
Wanted Exercise
183
Borrowing hade east
188
NO Satisfactory Vouchers
190
Nerds Peayino for
191
Map of Toll Roads
192
CHAPTER XXVI
193
Unloading Silver Bricrs
194
View in Humroldt Mountains
199
IOC Ballous Bedfellow 301
202
The Secrrt Search
205
Cast your Eye on that
207
Arrive at the MountainsBuilding Our CabinMy First Prospecting Tour
209
Weve got it
210
Incipient Millionaiees
212
RocrsTailPiece
216
Farewell Sweet River
218
The Rescur
219
CHAPTER XXXI
221
Mr Arransas
222
t The Restored 171
223
An Armed Ally
225
Crossing the Flood
227
Advance in a Ciecle
229
The Songster
230
The Foxes have HolesTailPiece
231
CHAPTER XXXII
232
A Flat Failure
233
The Last Match
234
Discaeded Vices
236
FlamesTailPizce
237
Campino in the Snow Full Page Face Page
238
It was thus we mrt
240
About CarsonGeneral BuncombeHyde vs MorganHow Hyde Lost
241
Taring Possession 212
245
Rearranging and Shifting
246
Tnn Saved Brother 200
260
Playino Emiiee 861 rotaltt and its satellites 262 A lllOB PrIVATKTaILPIECK
262
On a Secrrt Expedition
263
sc3 a Monro flxeral 264 ForMEn Fitxeual Oroies
264
LareMono Fuli Paor Face Page
265
Rather Soapy
266
Goino INTO THE Mocntains Full Page Fact Page
267
A Model Boaeding House
268
TueDementrd 270 Discussing Tcrxips
270
Life amid Death
271
Kealarerua Bay and Coors MonrmrxT
272
Tun Ghostly Buildxrs
273
Ox Guard
274
Steve Heap gone
275
Surf Bathing
276
BrBP Batihng a Failerr
277
City of Refuge
278
The Qurens Bocr
279
Tailpiece
280
The 1illar or Free 282 The Cratir 283 Brore TllRoron 539
281
Lava Stream
285
A Thial Wavr
286
A Rheumatic PatientDay DreamsAn Unfortunate StumbleI Leave Sud
288
2S7 Tun ON the Milry Way 138 A View in the Iao Valley Full Page face Pajc 289 Magnificent Sport
289
Kleven Miles to
290
Chased ry a Storsi
291
Leavi no WOSX
292
Millionaiees Laying Plans
293
Ocr Amusements
294
Severe Case of Stage Fright
295
My Thrre Parqurtte Allies 297 Sawyer in the Circle
297
A Predicament
298
The Best of the Jore
299
The Entiee Marrrt 2 6
302
ANEW Mixc
309
Flush TimesPlenty of StockEditorial PullingStocks Given McSwing
312
1C3 Couldnt Wait
315
W0 The
322
ICO Magnificence and Misery 33
323
The Nabobs of Those DaysJohn Smith as a TravelerSudden WealthA
327
Astonishes tiirNativs
335
The First TwentySix Graves in NevadaThe Prominent Men of the County
339
Didnt Shoor his Mother
344
CHAPTER LII
376
Miss Wacnt e
383
The Monument
389
CHAPTER LIV
391
Faerweli and Accident
401
FlagTailPiece
407
Off for San FranciscoWestern and Eastern LandscapesThe Hottest place
408
Saceamento and There Ilour s Away
413
CaliforniaNovelty of seeing a Woman Well if it aint a Child One
414
The Gracr of a Kangaeoo
420
We Will Omit the Benediction
426
A Loos in at the Window
432
CHAPTER LX
435
BTBIK1NO A Poceet
438
Bound for the Sandwich IslandsThe Three CaptainsThe Old AdmiralHis
443
The Tuber CaftaiNS 415
448
CHAPTER LXIII
454
Scene on the Sandwich Islands
455
Looring TOB MiscniEf
461
CHAPTER LXV
465
Sit Down to Listen
467
Sandwich Island Oiki
474
A Saturday AfternoonSandwich Island Girls on a FrolicThe Poi Merchant
479
CHAPTER LXVIII
490
A Royal FuneralOrder of ProcessionPomp and CeremonyA Striking
498
A Droll CharacterMrs Beazcly and Her SonMeditations on Turnips
512
Native CanoesSurf BathingA SanctuaryHow BuiltThe Queens Rock
524
Visit to the VolcanoThe CraterPillar of FireMagnificent SpectacleA
536
A ReminiscenceAnother Horse StoryMy Ride with the Retired Milk
544
CHAPTER LXXVII
551
A Curious CharacterA Series f StoriesSad Fate of a LiarEvidence
557
Return to San FranciscoShip AmusementsPreparing for LecturingVal
563
A Brief Sketch of Mormon History 672
572
Concerning a Frightful Assassination that was never Consummated
580

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