am 23. Februar 2000
This book, written over 130 years ago, still captures the essense of a European or Middle East trip. The same tour guide rip-offs, ancient hatreds, true pieces of the cross etc. Twain describes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as a place where armed guards have to separate the various sects so that the followers of the Prince of Peace don't murder each other. He compares the Sea of Galilee unfavorabby to Lake Tahoe, and he is right. His at time narrow minded American boorishness comes off as charming because he doesn't take himself or anything else seriously. Throw out Lonely Planet and Michelin. This is a must read before your next trip.
am 14. Februar 1999
This book describes a group tour of "Europe and the Holy Land" Samuel Clemens experienced and reported about 100 years ago. He describes, in a way that only Mark Twain can, the people he meets and the places they go from the point of view from the American West. One memorable example of his American perspective is a comparison of Italian mountains, lakes and rivers with his beloved Rockies, Tahoe, and Mississippi. He also paints humorous portraits of the tour guides and his fellow travelers. The first time I read this book I was on an organized bus tour in Europe and quickly realized how many of Twain's human observations on how tourists are treated still apply, which makes the humor very accessible.
am 16. Juni 2014
Sensitive souls might take offence at the political incorrectness of Mark Twain’s account of his voyage to Europe and the Holy Land – and yes, he does tend to make rather sweeping judgments, holds strong opinions about a lot of diverse subjects and certainly doesn’t mince his words. He admits: „I may be wrong… my judgment errs often, just as is the case with other men’s but it is my judgment, be it good or bad“ and states: „It may be thought that I am prejudiced. Perhaps I am. I would be ashamed of myself if I were not.“
As a travel book it is obviously dated (having been published in 1869) but thanks to Twain’s ample general knowledge, amusing anecdotes, vivid prose, irreverence and marvellous wit it is still a great read.
am 30. Juli 2010
Ich habe das Buch gekauft als 'Vorbereitung' für meinen eigenen Urlaub, und war begeistert von der erfrischenden Art mit der Mark Twain Phänomene beschreibt, die man auch jetzt, hundert Jahre später, oftmals noch unverändert beobachten kann. Das Buch ist empfehlenswert für jeden, der durch eine Reise den Horizont erweitern möchte ohne dabei jedoch den Spaß aus den Augen zu verlieren.
am 24. Juni 1999
This is Twain when he doesn't have to worry about a bloomin' story line or consistant dialogue. He simply writes what comes to mind, and manages to debunk every so-called monument of western civ.(Just why do they call this the holy land?!) He reminds us we don't have to be a cultured snob to be a superior person. Read this before you go to Europe or after your trip. Or whenever.