After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman (not included in the account), he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west.
This is s fabulous tale of Twain's time in the silver-mining town of Virginia City, Nevada; a short stink in San Francisco; and a half year in Hawaii, of all places.
Twain's humour shines as always, making these most improbable of circumstances even funnier.
A great book!
Truly a classic in every sense.
By Greg from L.A.
A great book. Shows you the real West.
By Isabella itune account
I enjoyed this book a great deal because I currently live in the area of northern Nevada where a lot of the book takes place. He describes a lot of the details about silver and gold mining that were very educational to me and helped me appreciate what went on during the flush times in California and Nevada.
Although the author claims this book to be nonfiction, I believe he did one hell of a lot of embellishing of the stories told in the book... I think not to be deceitful but to make the book more interesting and humorous.
I have loved Twain since I first read Huck Finn when I was a kid and now that I am in my late sixties was really grateful to discover this book and learn more about the man and what made him tick.