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Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain is a signet classic It is a romantic history of the great Mississippi River and autobiography of Mark Twains early days as a steamboat man It has many interesting stories about nights on the watch and brawls between the men aboard This is Twains own experience on learning to navigate the mighty MississippiMark Twain is one of Americas greatest writers of all time His real name was being Samuel Langhorne Clemens He introduced us to the stories of The adventures of Tom Sawyer The Prince and the Pauper and Mark Twains finest novel Huckleberry Finn Life on the Mississippi is 383 pages long It has about forty lines on each page and nine to eleven words on each line The book has a lot of southern dialect which makes you feel the mood of the story but is also harder to read This book is much like Twains later books in which it is intended for the more adventurous types so that you can follow the every move of young Sam In my personal opinion a trip down the Mississippi on a steamboat is quite boring and not adventurousLife on the Mississippi is much like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Critics rank this book in the twain canon with Tom Sawyer and Huck FinnThis book has been made in to a movie It was PBS-TV presentation of Life on The Mississippi I do not know if the movie is better or if the movie corresponds with the book I have not seen the movieThis book is unusual in the way that it is setup It starts off talking about Sams childhood and then goes to his adult years all in one chapter The change over is not consistent There is a time lapse thereMark Twains purpose for writing this book was to tell about years of being a steamboat man on the mighty Mississippi He
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