The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims' Progress

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Travel - 560 pages
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The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American “New Barbarians” and the European “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully skewering the ethos of American tourism in Europe, Twain’s lively satire ultimately reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. As Twain himself points out, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” And Jane Jacobs observes in her Introduction, “If the reader is American, he may also find himself on a tour of his own psyche.”
 

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Mark Twain is a funny man - especially when it comes to droll humor. He shows us what clowns we really are and how silly we can be when we are traveling. "The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg your pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother. I shall always delight to meet an ass after my own heart when I have finished my travels." 

Contents

PREFACE xxxiii
2
CH PTaR III
15
CHAPTER V
26
Connnr
32
StrangerThe Pillars of HerculesThe Rock of GibraItarliresome
38
CHAPTER VIII
49
CHAPTER X
59
GIl lIIlR XI
66
CHAPTER XXXI
236
CHAPTER XXXIII
256
CHAPTER XXXIV
266
that Came Too Latelo Visit the Autocrat of All the Russias
282
Imperial Visit0rsAncient SmyrnaThe Oriental Splendor FraudThe
295
CHAPTER XXXIX
302
CHAPTER XLIV
333
CHAPTER XLV
342

CHAPTER XIII
81
CHAPlER XIV
90
CHAPTER XV
97
HAPTER XVI
107
CHAPTER XVIII
120
CHAPTER XXI
145
The Notable Sights of VeniceThe Mother of the Republics Desolate
152
Ungrateful CityDazzling GenerosityWonderful MosaicsThe Histori
172
TreasuryThe Sumptuousness of Mother ChurchEcclesiastical Splendor
180
CHAPTER XXVI
188
An Exasperating SubiectAsinine GuidesThe Roman Catacombslhe
204
CHAPTER XXIX
223
PTlR XLVI
353
CHAPTER XLVII
361
CHAPTER XLVIII
372
CHAPTER LI
399
CHAPTER LII
411
CHAPTER LIII
417
CHAPTER LIV
430
2R LV
440
CHAPTER LVI
454
CIIAPTIIR LIlI
465
CHAPTER LIX
477
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About the author (2007)

Jane Jacobs’s books include The Nature of Economies and The Death and Life of Great American Cities, both of which are available in Modern Library clothbound editions. She lives in Toronto.

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