A thoughly enjoyable view of the frontier west, and introduction to an emerging genius of American writing. Twain is well informed, honest, and surprisingly prudish is his role as storyteller, but always intent on keeping his reader interested. Good Read!
A little to autobiographical for my taste, but still a classic
this book is fun to read because it "puts you there". It is real life in the old west. Loved it!
This is a chronicle of Twain's journey through the then wild western part of the US and on to Hawaii. The domestic complement to Innocents Abroad
From the back of the book:
Mark Twain's ramblings took him all over the American West during the 1860s. He prospected for gold and silver, speculated on timber and mining stocks, sailed to Hawaii, and worked for a succession of small newspapers. In 'Roughing It', his fictionalized account of these years, tall tales abound, as do sketches of unforgettable characters: desperadoes, vigilantes, newspapermen, Mormons, and prospectors.
Twain's debt to the burlesque stylings of regional humorists and his celebrated gift for accurately rendering regional speech are never more in evidence than here, but as Hamlin Hill points out in his introduction, "Roughing It" must also be read as Twain's renunciation of his footloose bachelorhood, his rejection of the mythic, romanticized image of the West, and his autopsy of the American dream.
This Twain work is lesser-known but just as good as his more popular books and covers his experiences out West in the 1860's. He spends much of the narrative on silver mining but it is a good record of nineteenth century life and culture in the American West. Don't skip the lengthy introduction where the trials and tragedies of Clemens' life are revealed and through it all, he was writing humor for a living.
read this book for a class, very new condition
I like it, very funny sometimes, but also some difficult reading. Sometimes he just gets a little bit to wordy.