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Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World Paperback – Sep 1 1989

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (Sept. 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486261131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486261133
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.4 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

After the Civil War, Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) left his small town to seek work as a riverboat pilot. As Mark Twain, the Missouri native found his place in the world. Author, journalist, lecturer, wit, and sage, Twain created enduring works that have enlightened and amused readers of all ages for generations.

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Format: Paperback
"Following the Equator" is not the typical Mark Twain story. This is a travelogue written as he is traveling by boat through Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa.
In each location, Twain gives you his unique perspective and interpretation of each countries customs, population, and history. He even talks about life on the boat. Throughout the book is also illustrations and pictures to give the reader some background and/or enjoyment.
This is not a book I would pick up to read unless you were familiar with Mark Twain's writing. I found his commentary and tales to be very funny. This is a pleasure to read by all Twain fans.
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This book is Da Bomb! If you have any imagination at all, you will revel in the splendors of Mark Twain's globe-trotting true-life adventures as he humorously observes humankind of the 19th century and brings it to life here in the 21st century.
Pssst! The paperback is the best buy. Steer clear of the hardback version, it is overpriced and a big disappointment.
A definite collector's item for Twainers.
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This book is a treasure. Twain's story-telling is laced with subtle humor recounting his meandering journey (as in no great hurry to get to a particular destination) around the world. I suggest you read this book in small doses, kind of like a daily conversation with a [really interesting] neighbor where stories are exchanged. I often read stories from this book to my children (ages 8 & 6) at bedtime. Clearly written in another era, Twain's sense of humor cracks me up, but some comments would today be considered politically incorrect so I make some real-time "adjustments" when reading it to the kids.
I credit Jimmy Buffett with pointing me to this book through a reference on a CD although I don't share the opinion that Buffett's book is in the same league. As cited earlier, you can open this book anywhere, just read a chapter and it makes sense. My copy has no bookmark in it. We just hop around. Twain takes us places we've never been. Great book.
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I did like this book, although I gave it only 3 stars as it is a little difficult to read. It certainly is a good literary work from Twain, but its not a "sit on the beach and read during vacation" book. It is more work to read, but definately something that when given the mood you should pursue. So I don't want to turn anyone off from this book, just be in the move for something a little different than most Twain material.
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This isn't your typical Mark Twain book. In journal style Twain takes you along with him as he circumnavigates the world. He not only shares experiences he had but includes what he learned of the differint contries cultures, customs, and people. Very educational. You will see the world through Mark Twains eyes. Pay attention to catch the hidden humor. Another great peice by Mark Twain.
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Jimi Hendrix and Mark Twain were both Sagittarians but here's another connection:
There is a passage in "Following The Equator" where Twain describes the most thriling experience of his life as the time he was hurtling down a Himalayan mountainside on a small-gauge railcar through a "dreamy purple haze".
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Format: Paperback
Twain's chronicle of a steamship trip to the subcontinent and beyond is incomparable. If nothing else, anyone would enjoy Puddinhead Wilson's maxims at the beginning of each chapter, all classics that hold up a century after they were written. No Twain fan should skip this one--and I suspect few have.
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