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Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World (urspr publ 1897; utgåvan 1989)

av Mark Twain (Författare)

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Following the Equator is an account by Mark Twain of his travels through the British Empire in 1895. He chose his route for opportunities to lecture on the English language and recoup his finances, impoverished due to a failed investment. He recounts and criticizes the racism, imperialism and missionary zeal he encountered on his travels - and all with his particular brand of wit.… (mer)
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Titel:Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
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Info:Dover Publications (1989), Edition: Revised ed., 720 pages
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Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World av Mark Twain (1897)

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A great slog of a bathroom book. Casual 19th century racism of a genial sort.
But great travel insights from another time. ( )
  JBreedlove | Feb 28, 2020 |
Twain's observations on humanity -- near the equator or otherwise -- are astute enough to easily weather the years. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
Tight binding and bright gilding still on spine, a few slight wear marks on full-color cover pictorial label depicting an elephant, spine tips a little bit frayed. No foxing. Black & green title page. "First state" of the first edition, confirmed by markers listed in the bibliography of american literature (BAL 3451): a signature mark of "11" on page 161, and single publisher / Hartford mentioned on the title page.
  lazysky | Jul 24, 2017 |
Of Twain's book length works, this is the most obviously anti-imperialist, but it is also funny. Enlightening and entertaining. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
(In October 2015, my arts center had a chance to sell a first edition, first printing of Mark Twain's "Following the Equator." [Want to see if it's still for sale? Visit http://www.ebay.com/usr/cclapcenter .] Below is the write-up I did of it for the eBay listing.)

By 1894 Mark Twain was already famous but was also almost completely broke, because of a bad series of investments in futuristic technology that would've never been able to work at the time they were being invented (he sunk what would now be eight million dollars alone into a machine that was designed to automatically set its own type like a computer); and so to get himself out of debt, he agreed to go on another of his famous worldwide tours, this time to far-flung locations all within the Victorian British Empire (including Australia, India, South Africa and more), not only to do a hugely profitable series of speaking engagements but then to write down his experiences into a third volume of darkly humorous foreign travelogues, after his insanely successful The Innocents Abroad and A Tramp Abroad. The aging Twain disliked the trip, lamenting that he couldn't just stay at home with his family; but the result is the exquisite 1897 Following the Equator, a grand return to his youthful irreverent form, after starting to get a little more high-falutin' in his themes and scope in his recent novels. (Huck Finn had been published less than a decade before, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court a few years after that.)

For those who only know Twain through classroom assignments on these more famous novels, his travel writing is a real revelation, a series of grumpy and subversive dispatches on the idiocy of the human race no matter where they live, which essentially made him the Gilded Age's version of P.J. O'Rourke. Today's copy is an ultra-rare true first printing in great shape, commanding the premium price it deserves, and will automatically become one of the jewels in any Victoriana or American Humor collection that it's added to, appropriate even for acquisition by a historical society or small museum. Don't hesitate with your interest, for this is sure to sell before too long. ( )
  jasonpettus | Oct 6, 2015 |
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