پر از خردهروایتهاست از زندگی مردم حاشیه این رودخونه. Well, this has been on my To Read list for a while, and a recent perusal of my bookshelves turned it up so i picked it up. This was a captivating book. Written by anyone else, this would have been Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain was first published in 1883 and describes his apprenticeship and success as a Mississippi River pilot and then returning to the river more than twenty years later. Almost immediately I encountered a mention of Dickens and then references to two earlier British travel writers, Captain Marryat and Captain Basil Hall. The momentum of finishing that novel launched him into Huckleberry Finn. The first 40% or so is a memoir of Twain's personal experience on the river when he was 20-25 years old.
Louis to New Orleans many years after the War. Almost immediately I encountered a mention of Dickens and then references to two earlier British travel writers, Captain Marryat and Captain Basil Hall. The second half of Life on the Mississippi tells of Twain's return, many years after, to travel the river from St. It's not necessary a commentary on Mr. If you are easily offended by old southern racial references then maybe some of his work is not for you but I felt that he did not look down on African Americans because he put the runaway slave Jim on equal footing with Tom and Huck and he wrote from his time in history and it was the norm, the way people of different races interacted at that time. If this is your cup of tea, then have at it.
I felt very lucky to get this book free from Amazon and I have enjoyed every bit of it. Another book I've read over and over--It's free on Kindle in the old edition, which is fun to read because of its authentic touches. As a person whose eyes glaze over when someone talks about science, Twain's very detailed description of geological aspects of the Mississippi River was surprisingly fascinating. A recent re-reading has left me both gratified and disappointed: gratified because Twain's history and description of the ever-changing Mississippi and his account of his life as a young river pilot are just good as I remembered them, I first read this book fifty years ago when I was in high school, and I recalled Twain's account of his days as a Mississippi steamboat pilot's apprentice as a work of great humor and style with quintessentially American themes, equal in power to Huckleberry Finn. I craved them, actually; but therein is the problem with this book. شربیانی Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain was first published in 1883 and describes his apprenticeship and success as a Mississippi River pilot and then returning to the river more than twenty years later. The second section is a meandering account of a voyage he took two decades after leaving the steamboat business, when he was an accomplished author.
About this Item: Bantam Classic Edition, New York, 1981. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. It gives a fascinating look at life in the mid-late 19th Century via Twain's memories and musings. Paul - my hometown - and Minneapolis, Minnesota were like in the late 19th century was an unexpected treat at the end. And who can resist stories about boats? If half of Mark Twain's stories are actually true he led one fascinating life. Dickens read the works of the two captains in preparation for his own trip to the U.
After them, however, begin a series of chapters regarding how the towns on the Mississippi have changed, what European travelers of old said of them, what the different prices of shipping through rail or train were, and I didn't finish this book - I stopped around page 220 in my edition. He saw the river before and after the advent of the aids to navigation and he remarked that the buoy and lights system diminished the romance of being a pilot. By then the competition from railroads had made steamboats passe, in spite of improvements in navigation and boat construction. When I read it originally in my schooldays, I couldn't digest half of it. Hearing a bit about what St. This is an awkward book to review, since it consists of so many, varied sections. It's probably a testament to Twain's prose, and a big part of the reason I stuck to this book, that - despite being so technical and precise in describing steamboat piloting - he never makes it sound ugly or dry.
That by learning the river, reducing it to a series of facts and figures he needs to know by heart to pilot his boat safely - he can no longer see and appreciate the beauty of the river itself. Cover Painting by Dean Cornwell illustrator. I just think this man had a fascinating mind and I love reading him. His stories about the people on the steamboats of the river are hilarious, and there is a great appendix of a few beautiful Native American stories that I will never forget. I recall cornfields and the river and little else.
In the same home-down style established by all of his more well known works, Twain paints a brightly-colored portrait of that long river with all its twists, turns, rapids, shallows and landmarks. Twain tries to portray this progression in the final chapter, but I didn't buy into it. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. Please if you have any information on this subject please email me at thank you for reading this post. He's also great at recording and relaying the tales and lore he picked up cruising the river and capturing the unique characters he meets along the way. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as well as the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are just classic. I enjoyed his insight into the skills and knowledge required of the steamboat pilot, an occupation he had earlier in his life.
In fact, this wasn't his first work of non-fiction. He also tells some stories that are most likely. Yet it is infused with the irreverent humor that was his trademark. Once upon a time I was a young Coast Guardsman assigned to work on the Mississippi River aboard a buoy tender, a vessel tasked with maintaining aids to navigation on the navigable interior waterways. The only places this book dragged was in all the descriptions of the cities on the Mississippi 20 years after the time Mark Twain was a riverboat pilot and he travels down the river as a writer and tells us about it. Though I did not dislike this book as much as I did A Connecticut Yankee, I nevertheless felt that the joke had gone stale and that Twain was merely filling up space. The final chapters confirm that Tom Sawyer is indeed to a great extent autobiographical.
Twain, writing about the river over a hundred years earlier than when I was there described St. Mostly I really enjoyed this book which is a combination of autobiography, history and tall tales. And it earned for its author his first recognition as a serious writer. It is at once an affectionate evocation of the vital river life in the steamboat era and a melancholy reminiscence of its passing after the Civil War, a priceless collection of humorous anecdotes and folktales, and a unique glimpse into Twains life before he began to write. Set from the first American edition 1883 , this volume includes newly commissioned notes and a reading group guide. Second reason it took me so long was probably my copy. This is Mark Twain's description of life on the Mississippi River, with observations and anecdotes about the culture and society along the river valley.