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  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia Franks says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "Interesting travelog reflecting a bygone time"
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    From a modern perspective, Mark Twain's cultural attitudes are dated. In fact, to me he comes off as a but of an arrogant a**hole, but one who could write amusingly and engagingly about his travels.

    I have loved other things written by Train, but it seems like his personality shone through this work, and it is a personality I didn't much care for.

    That said, It is a fascinating look at 19th century travel in Europe, the Holy Land, and the Black Sea area (Where he has lunch with the czar!)

    Worth a listen, but be prepared for a bit of 19th century racism and a myopic perspective.



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