Based on letters Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, THE INNOCENTS ABROAD (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century.
Twain's perspective was fresh and irreverent: tour guides, he writes, 'interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling' and the saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are 'battered and broken-nosed old fellows'.
As unimpressed by American manners as he is by European attitudes, Twain concludes that 'human nature is very much the same all over the world'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 17/08/2002
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780142437087