Following the Equator

A Journey Around the World
Author(s): Mark Twain
Original Publish Date: Dec 17, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (20.08 hours)
Product Number: Z100094857
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483075792
Narrator/s: Michael Kevin
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Bound on a lecture trip around the world, Mark Twain turns his keen satiric eye to foreign lands in Following the Equator. This vivid chronicle of a sea voyage on the Pacific Ocean displays Twain's eye for the unusual, his wide-ranging curiosity, and his delight in embellishing the facts. The personalities of the ship's crew and passengers, the poetry of Australian place names, the success of women's suffrage in New Zealand, an account of the Sepoy Mutiny, and reflections on the Boer War as an expression of imperialistic morality, among other topics, are the focus of his wry humor and redoubtable powers of observation. Following the Equator is an evocative and highly unique American portrait of nineteenth-century travel and customs.

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Author(s): Mark Twain
Product Number EB00794444
Released: Dec 02, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: #9780486123547

Professional reviews

"When Mark Twain took off by ship for a round-the-world lecture tour, he took along a sharp eye, a notebook, and his renowned wit. Michael Kevin reads Twain's narrative of his experiences with a Southern-inflected drawl and an unhurried pace that sound just right. He also offers amusing individual character shadings for many of Twain's fellow passengers, whom the great writer often quotes as well as skewers. The book is full of everything from onboard whist games to tiger hunting. Twain's opinions are many, often mercilessly funny, and frequently ahead of their time--except when he is suddenly of his time. The result is a fully developed self-portrait, nineteenth-century mores and all. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"