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Life on the Mississippi
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date November 1, 1996
Pages 624
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195101393
ISBN-10 0195101391
Dimensions 2 by 6.50 by 9 in.
Weight 2.55 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $26.00
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Offers a history of the river and describes Twain's experiences as a riverboat pilot (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Part travel book, part autobiography, and part social commentary, Life on the Mississippi is a memoir of the cub pilot's apprenticeship, a record of Twain's return to the river and to Hannibal as an adult, a meditation on the harsh vagaries of nature, and a study of the varied and sometimes violent activities engaged in by those who live on the river's shores. As Willie Morris notes in his introduction, it "is written with the flamboyance and affecting precision of a craftsman." Life on the Mississippi explores how a child learns to be an adult, and how an adult learns to understand what it was to be a child. It is a book about the South, about memory, about change, and, of course, about the Mississippi River and the world through which it snakes. "When the life of the river is rendered with Twain's brand of wry skepticism," writes Lawrence Howe in his afterword, "the Mississippi is, indeed, well worth reading about."

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