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Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

Mark Twain

Book Overview: 

Following the Equator (American English title) or More Tramps Abroad (English title) is a non-fiction travelogue published by American author Mark Twain.

Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to a failed investment into a “revolutionary” typesetting machine. In an attempt to extricate himself from debt of $100,000 (equivalent of about $2 million in 2005) he undertook a tour of the British Empire in 1895, a route chosen to provide numerous opportunities for lectures in the English language.

In Following the Equator, the author unmasks and criticizes racism, imperialism and missionary zeal in observations woven into the narrative with classical Twain wit.

Of particular interest, historically, are Twain’s references to Cecil Rhodes in Australia and South Africa, the in-depth description of “Thugs” and “Thuggee” in India and the Boer War period and diamonds in South Africa.

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. . . service. Visit us at AllYouCanBooks.com for more great titles you can enjoy anytime, anywhere. FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR, Complete
CONTENTS Part 1.   Chapter   I. to   VIII. Part 2. Chapter IX. to XIX. Part 3. Chapter XX.  to XXIX. Part 4. Chapter XXX. to XXXVIII. Part 5. Chapter XXXIX.   to L. Part 6. Chapter LI.   to LX. Part 7. Chapter LXI. to LXIX.




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For my first book on my brand new nook color, I thought I would start with one of the books that I have always wanted to read, but could never find a copy. Reading it would be a new experience.

I enjoyed this book. I have always enjoyed Twain's nonfiction-- or whatever you want to call it-- immensel

As usual, a highly entertaining account of Twain travels. This time he travels through the Pacific - Australia, New Zealand, India, Africa mainly - with stops at various islands and smaller countries. The chapters on India were disturbing, detailing murder and suicide in the late 19th century there.

I can hardly imagine anything better than traveling the globe with Mark Twain. His wit and keen powers of observation were abundantly apparent. Sadly, so was his prejudice; although, one must remember that this was written in an entirely different time, and that, thankfully most people have become m

I keep forgetting how much fun it is to read any of Mark Twain's travel books. I loved The Innocents Abroad, and now also Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World. It tells of a around the world voyage with long stopovers in Australia and India and shorter visits to New Zealand, Ceylon, Mau

If anybody tells you Mark Twain wasn't a liberal, find this book, put it in your posession and read every other chapter outloud to that person. Written rather late in his life (1891 or so), this is Twain's nonfiction account of a trip on a passenger ship around the equator. He writes a chapter descr

I guess there is a reason this compilation is not as well known as Innocents Abroad or A Tramp Abroad. Although it is not mentioned in the text, if I remember right, this was a low point for Twain. The yearlong trip was occasioned by near bankruptcy and comprised a seemingly endless series of lectur

I finished reading Following the Equator or More Tramps Abroad by Mark Twain. I’m getting down to the last decade plus of Twain’s life, and if he has no more great fiction in him, he still has plenty left to say. Unless the equator in 1896 was considerably more erratic than it is today, this travelo

I had the impression that Twain was acerbic. Instead, I found him curious, respectful but no fraidy-cat either. His criticisms are wrapped in such wry humour, I think it would be difficult for his worst enemy not to laugh - at himself. My opinion of him shot skyward after reading this book. There is

I feel sorry for folks whose exposure to Mark Twain is limited to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Although those are good books, I really love his travel writing. Following the Equator is not a book you would want to read to find out the best route to take, the best places to eat and sleep or what

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