The Innocents Abroad

The Innocents Abroad Summary

The Innocents Abroad (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Twain's fresh and humorous perspective on hallowed European landmarks lacked reverence for the past-the ancient statues of saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are "battered and broken-nosed old fellows" and tour guides "interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling."

Book Reviews


As pilgrims nibble, he bites.4 star

A long voyage deep into the sordid history that made western civilization. His gaze is harsh but not humorless. Nor humble. From his perch of American exceptionalism and ignorance Twain spies dregs and vermin, decay and neglect everywhere he goes.45


A great American Journey5 star

This book recounts a great journey by ship to the Holy Land and the Pyramids of Egypt, with stops in Paris, Rome and Venice. It is a glorious adventure and a well-told tale. Everyone interested in Mark Twain or America should read it.55

old skool DT

Innocents Abroad5 star

A funny and incite full look at much of the world in Pre-World war time. Mark Twain talks about these places as a friend would with humor and a bit of sarcasm . He describes the people as he saw them without political correctness. Something that cannot be done today. I’m going to read again.55

Chiricano 2001

Classic Twain5 star

Fascinating view through his eyes 150 years ago. Paris before the Eiffel Tower and the Sphinx before the British shot off the nose. Told with typical humor and sarcasm. Wonderful.55


A fun, entertaining read5 star

Full of wit and humor, Mark Twain is a keen observer of people. It was enjoyable to read about places that he visited.55


The innocents Abroad4 star

Twain is the master of witty irony!45

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