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Following the Equator - A Journey Around the World (Paperback) Loot Price: R264 Discovery Miles 2 640
Following the Equator - A Journey Around the World (Paperback): Mark Twain
Following the Equator - A Journey Around the World (Paperback): Mark Twain

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Following the Equator - A Journey Around the World (Paperback)

Mark Twain

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Any reader who loves a good book will relish the vicarious experience of traveling with Mark Twain, his wife, Livy, and Clara, one of their three daughters as they tour the world on the lecture circuit. It's important to understand the necessity of the trip: Twain was 60, facing bankruptcy, and signed on for the lecture tour in order to pay off his debt. The grueling schedule and unpredictable travel accommodations take no toll on his writing, however. Prepare to laugh - hard and often. Was it hot in India? "I believe that in India 'cold weather' is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy." Geography, history, culture, language, climate, language arts (oh, his choice of words and phrases ), politics, time zones, botany, geology, biology, religion - all are explored and described and relevant today. Jimmy Buffett's "Remittance Man," "That's What Living is to Me," and "Take Another Road" all spring from this book (especially the remittance man, a character you'll meet early in the book). In "Following the Equator," readers get the opportunity to travel from Vancouver to Hawaii to Fiji to Australia to New Zealand to Ceylon to India to South Africa. The book chronicles Twain's travels in such a way that you can pick it up and focus on one region without losing anything. But don't let that stop you from reading the whole book. See the Southern Cross and the Blue Mountains. Get rousted out of your comfortable train berth to change cars in Australia because the gauge of the tracks changes from wide to narrow. Meet the dingo and the Aboriginals, eavesdrop on Twain's conversation with "Satan" and "God" in India, explore the diamond mines of South Africa near the Trappist Monastery, and steer clear of the sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. There is more adventure in this one book than a whole year's subscription to National Geographic.


Imprint: Readaclassic.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2012
First published: March 2012
Authors: Mark Twain
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-1-61104-582-6
Barcode: 9781611045826
Categories: Books > Fiction > Special features > Classic fiction
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > General
LSN: 1-61104-582-7

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