e-Book Life on the Mississippi download

e-Book Life on the Mississippi download

by Mark Twain

ISBN: 1406721824
ISBN13: 978-1406721829
Language: English
Publisher: Hesperides Press (November 12, 2006)
Pages: 588
Category: Americas
Subategory: History

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Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi" (1883) chronicles his real-life adventures seeing the country as the pilot of a river boat. BUT the basin of the Mississippi is the Body of The Nation.

Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi" (1883) chronicles his real-life adventures seeing the country as the pilot of a river boat. All the other parts are but members, important in themselves, yet more important in their relations to this. Exclusive of the Lake basin and of 300,000 square miles in Texas and New Mexico, which in many aspects form a part of it, this basin contains about 1,250,000 square miles.

Life on the mississippi. Part 1. The 'Body of the nation'.

Mark Twain is perhaps the most widely read and enjoyed of all our national writers. This Library of America collection presents his best-known works, together for the first time in one volume. It is the place, too, where the currents Mark Twain learned to navigate as a pilot-an experience recounted in Life on the Mississippi-move inexorably into the Deep South, so that the innocence of joyful play and boyhood along its shores eventually confronts the grim reality of slavery. He was the author of numerous books and articles about Mark Twain. This Library of America collection presents his best-known works. Mark Twain : Mississippi. has been added to your Cart.

53 quotes from Life on the Mississippi: ‘Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be. .Life on the Mississippi. Don Quixote swept admiration for medieval chivalry-silliness out of existence

53 quotes from Life on the Mississippi: ‘Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. Don Quixote swept admiration for medieval chivalry-silliness out of existence. Ivanhoe restored it. Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi ― Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi. tags: mark-twain, mississippi, sir-walter-scott.

I've realised since listening to John Greenman read Mark Twain's books, that not only do I love Mark Twain's books, but that John Greenman is the perfect reader.

Life on the Mississippi (1883) is a memoir by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. It is also a travel book. It is also a travel book, recounting his trip along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the war. The book begins with a brief history of the river as reported by Europeans and Americans, beginning with the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1542

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Great book on early river life on the Mississippi---if you like this book you will also want to read the following books on early life on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers:
1. The Conquest of the Missouri, being the Story of the Life and Exploits of Captain Grant Marsh (1909)
2. History of Early Steamboat Navigation on the Missouri River: Life and Adventures of Joseph La Barge, Volumes 1 & 2 (1903)
3. Journal of a Voyage up the Missouri River, in 1811
4. Life in the Rocky Mountains:: A Diary of Wanderings on the Sources of the Rivers Missouri, Columbia, and Colorado from February, 1830, to November, 1835 (1843)
5. Lewis & Clark's Route Retraveled, The Upper Missouri in 1858 (1905)
6. The Journal of a Fur-Trading Expedition on the Upper Missouri 1812-1813
7. Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri (1898)
8.The First Steamboat Voyage on the Western Waters (1871)
9. Adventures on the Upper Missouri, from Conversations with Trappers, Old Traders, Guides, and Interpreters (1876)
10. Mike Fink, the Last of the Boatmen, and Sketches of Trappers among the Rocky Mountains (1830)

I felt very lucky to get this book free from Amazon and I have enjoyed every bit of it. I read some of the novels that I grew up with and got a treat to read some that I had never heard of and they are all wonderful. 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. Mark Twain's novels are full of humor and irony, and some very deep insight into the workings of the human spirit and mind. I highly recommend his work to anyone who wishes to enjoy novels from such a changing time and who can appreciate the differences in people but when it all came down to it everybody was the same in the end, according to Mark Twain.

Read this book on a rainy weekend, mostly because nothing else to do, and i didn't expect much. I was pleasantly surprised.
Excellent. Well researched. Growing up in the west in a railroad town, my knowledge of the River and the boats was limited. I didn't realize the early movement from the east coast was centered North and South along the Mississippi and not straight west as most are led to believe.
The author makes the early days come alive.

I've long been an admirer of Mark Twain. Few writers reveal as much of themselves in their work as does Samuel Clemens (Twain). For me, he embodies the American spirit and character in a way that few others do; and "Life on the Mississippi" is Twain at the top of his game. He's a genius at dialogue, recognizes and enjoys the pretensions of people; and will not tolerate hypocrisy. His story-telling technique is wonderful, and he can be very funny. Having said that, Twain's writing can also be uneven, and sometimes a passage of utter beauty can be followed by drivel. That's Twain.

I've read that when "Life on the Mississippi" was submitted for publication, Twain's editors thought it was too short, so sent the writer on a trip down the River to reflect on the changes since he had lived there. Twain is Twain, so reading that part of the book is not unpleasant, but it is really just a travel piece that does not begin to rise to the levels of his earlier reflections. Even so, Twain seemed to be aware that he was writing the story of a time and place that was rapidly disappearing; and in that I think he was correct. "Life on the Mississippi" stands as a valuable snapshot of a time, place, and writer that are no more.

This is a fun little book that I've recommended to friends. I ordered it for my Kindle based on the enjoyment I got from reading the author's effort on the Erie Canal, and I can't say I was disappointed. I grew up only 20 miles from the Mississippi, but what I didn't know about the Father of Waters could -- and did -- fill a book. I was particularly interested in learning more about the early arrival of steamboats on the Ohio/Mississippi/Missouri river system, how dangerous the travel could be, and how competitive. Certainly Mr. Andrist leans on the experiences and the writing of Mark Twain, but his early experiences as a steamboat pilot go a long way toward explaining just how ever-changing the river could be. Also fascinating to me was the fact that just about anyone could travel by steamboat -- if they were willing to load and unload cargo and help take on wood at every stop. Plus, his accounts of steamboat races had me on the edge of my seat. Talk about a truly dangerous "sport...." In short this is an interesting account of a little bit of Americana that helped settle the heart of the country, but it little covered today. Fortunately, Mr. Andrist helps make up for that.

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