December 16, 2010 by markstani
I’m reading a lot of Mark Twain at the moment. It’s hard not to, when you can download his entire collection for free to Kindle. Nothing has ever inspired me more than The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. It will always remain my favourite book. Twain’s Life On The Mississippi, in which he returns to the river after a gap of some thirty years and finds it reawakening childhood memories, is a perfect illustration of his inspirations. As an insight into Twain himself, I found it a whole lot better than Ron Powers’ otherwise admirable and exhaustively researched biography. For the same reason, I’m not too bothered about grabbing hold of the first volume of his autobiography. I don’t think thudding academia is the best way to understand Mark Twain. I’m currently reading Roughing It. His writing style has aged spectacularly well. In parts it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Some going for a guy who’s been dead a hundred years.