Life On The Mississippi By Mark Twain

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Synopsis

A river memoir documenting Twains early days as an apprentice steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. Reminiscing about his happy experiences as a young man under the instruction of an experienced mentor, the autobiographical tale depicts one of the most vivid illustrations of river life. Furthermore, the book captures the authors nostalgic emotions through his resonant depiction of one of the most notable periods of his life.Twain begins his memoir with a rich historical account of the Mississippi River including its exploration by early explorers, its evolution, and its vastness. He then proceeds to tell of his youthful experiences along the river, and its significant role in his life from early childhood right up to adulthood. Subsequently, the classic focuses on Twains time as a cub-pilot on a steamboat and the incidents that occur during his apprenticeship. Never depicting a dull moment, the author mentions various characters and encounters which further enrich the tale as he navigates along the river. Written from a personal point of view, the story offers insight as the audience is exposed to a different angle of river life through an enchanting travel log. He vibrantly describes the beauties of the Mississippi River with its twists, shallows, rapids, turns and landmarks, consequently bringing life to the river. In the second part of the book, however, Twain describes a different experience on the Mississippi River, conveying the harsh reality of progress as he travels along the river years later. In addition the book presents opposing images of a bucolic setting not yet altered by the inescapable grasp of industrialization, and the image of the consequences instigated by industrialization and automation. A stunning blend of autobiography, history and tall tales, the book has much to offer to its audience, and also includes humorous appendixes and commentaries. A well comprised piece of writing, Life on the Mississippi is full of imagery and descriptive language that portrays the beauty of nature, culture and heritage. Exploring themes such as inevitable change and progress in society, gratification gained from the simplicity of nature, and the deceptiveness of outward appearance, the book is a timeless classic portraying an important part of American history.

Episodes

  • 01 The River and its History

    01 The River and its History

    25/10/2017 Duration: 15min

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  • 02 The River and its Explorers

    02 The River and its Explorers

    24/10/2017 Duration: 12min

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  • 03 Frescoes From the Past

    03 Frescoes From the Past

    23/10/2017 Duration: 31min

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  • 04 The Boys’ Ambition

    04 The Boys’ Ambition

    22/10/2017 Duration: 10min

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  • 05 I Want to be a Cub-pilot

    05 I Want to be a Cub-pilot

    21/10/2017 Duration: 09min

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  • 06 A Cub-pilot’s Experience

    06 A Cub-pilot’s Experience

    20/10/2017 Duration: 15min

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  • 07 A Daring Deed

    07 A Daring Deed

    19/10/2017 Duration: 13min

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  • 08 Perplexing Lessons

    08 Perplexing Lessons

    18/10/2017 Duration: 13min

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  • 09 Continued Perplexities

    09 Continued Perplexities

    17/10/2017 Duration: 13min

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  • 10 Completing my Education

    10 Completing my Education

    16/10/2017 Duration: 12min

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  • 11 The River Rises

    11 The River Rises

    15/10/2017 Duration: 14min

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  • 12 Sounding

    12 Sounding

    14/10/2017 Duration: 13min

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  • 13 A Pilot’s Needs

    13 A Pilot’s Needs

    13/10/2017 Duration: 17min

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  • 14 Rank and Dignity of Piloting

    14 Rank and Dignity of Piloting

    12/10/2017 Duration: 14min

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  • 15 The Pilots’ Monopoly

    15 The Pilots’ Monopoly

    11/10/2017 Duration: 24min

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  • 16 Racing Days

    16 Racing Days

    10/10/2017 Duration: 11min

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  • 17 Cut-offs and Stephen

    17 Cut-offs and Stephen

    09/10/2017 Duration: 16min

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  • 18 I Take a Few Extra Lessons

    18 I Take a Few Extra Lessons

    08/10/2017 Duration: 11min

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  • 19 Brown and I Exchange Compliments

    19 Brown and I Exchange Compliments

    07/10/2017 Duration: 08min

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  • 20 A Catastrophe

    20 A Catastrophe

    06/10/2017 Duration: 12min

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