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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.

“Who could read the programme for the excursion without longing to make one of the party?”

So Mark Twain acclaims his voyage from New York City to Europe and the Holy Land. His adventures produced The Innocents Abroad, a book so funny and provocative it made him an international star for the rest of his life. He was making his first responses to the Old World—to Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Constantinople, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Damascus, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. For the first time he was seeing the great paintings and sculptures of the Old Masters. He responded with wonder and amazement but also with exasperation, irritation, and disbelief. Above all he displayed the great energy of his humor, more explosive for us now than for his beguiled contemporaries.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A classic work…[that] marks a critical point in the development of our literature.”

    Leslie A. Fiedler, literary critic

  • “The volume contains many shrewd things, and not a few that are funny...gives a much more truthful idea, we doubt not, of life and scenes abroad than many a more pretentious book.”

    New York Independent

  • “This is the raciest book we have met with for many a day. Much as we had expected to be pleased, we must truthfully say that we had no idea so much humor, wit, geniality, fine description and good sense, could be contained within the covers of any one book...Our sides ache, and we lay aside the volume to rest, and to advise our friends and readers, one and all, to buy the book at the first opportunity, and read it through.”

    National (N.J.) Standard

  • It is a rare and wonderful combination. The humor is natural, never forced; the narrative is instructive, and the descriptive passages are some of the finest in the English language, abounding in choice expressions and beautiful metaphor.

    Newark (N.J.) Register

  • “A humorous travel narrative…The Innocents Abroad sharply satirized tourists who learn what they should see and feel by reading guidebooks. Assuming the role of a keen-eyed, shrewd Westerner, Twain was refreshingly honest and vivid in describing foreign scenes and his reactions to them. He alternated serious passages…with risible ones. The humor itself was varied, sometimes in the vein of the Southwestern yarn spinners, sometimes in that of contemporaneous humorists such as Artemus Ward and Josh Billings, who chiefly used burlesque and parody and other verbal devices.”

    Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean | 2/20/2014

    " In 1867, when Twain was thirty-two, he took an extended steamer trip to Europe and the Holy Lands. He wrote travel articles about his experiences that were published in several newspapers. Later he compiled the articles into this book. His observations are wonderfully detailed, insightful and often hilarious. I was surprised at the depth of his interest and appreciation for art and architecture and not so surprised at his racial prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dona | 2/16/2014

    " "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christopher Gleason | 2/11/2014

    " At some point this book started to feel exactly like the trek Twain was on in the desert, a bit tedious. I'll freely admit I probably read 2-3 other books in the time it took me to get through this. Still, there was something extremely charming about parts of the book; the journey was certainly incredible, our guide funny & it shows how little Americans have actually changed in (almost) 150 years "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephen Murley | 2/10/2014

    " This book is a scream! Too funny! "

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