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THE A5 BOOK REVIEW
Mark Twain tried many jobs throughout his life, but one of the most memorable was his time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the Civil War. Twain describes his travels in the book Life on the Mississippi with great affection. The first part of the book describes the history of this mighty river, along with some descriptions of the technical understanding required for navigation. The second part of the book covers his time on a steamboat traveling from St. Louis to New Orleans, including a ton of funny (and perhaps slightly exaggerated) anecdotes from his adventures. The book provides both a nice view of this part of the world at this time in history, and of Twain himself; he probably got much of the raw material on this trip for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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Mark Twain is clearly one of the most celebrated authors in American history, and he wrote a lot about his travels. The world has changed a lot since his time, but it is interesting to also see how much has stayed the same. Learn more about Mark Twain here.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI
"The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book--a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day."
"I found the half-forgotten Southern intonations and elisions as pleasing to my ear as they had formerly been. A Southerner talks music. At least it is music to me, but then I was born in the South. The educated Southerner has no use for an r, except at the beginning of a word."