Life on the Mississippi is no ordinary guided tour, for every page is expressive of the structure, style and high humor that is the very essence of Twain the writer. Spiced with Twain’s pungent observations and commentaries on the culture and society of the great river valley, the book is a wonderful collection of lively anecdotes, tall tales and character sketches; historical facts and information; and reminiscences of the author’s boyhood and experiences as a steamboat pilot.
In its composition and substance, Life on the Mississippi is intricately related to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In his introduction, James M. Cox suggests that in writing this travelogue Twain discovered the truths that form the heart of the odyssey depicted in that masterpiece.
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