The Innocents Abroad: Volume 1 (Paperback)
This book is a record of a pleasure trip. If it were a record of a solemn scientific expedition, it would have about it that gravity, that profundity, and that impressive incomprehensibility which are so proper to works of that kind, and withal so attractive. Yet notwithstanding it is only a record of a pic-nic, it has a purpose, which is to suggest to the reader how he would be likely to see Eu-rope and the East if he looked at them with his own eyes instead of the eyes of those who trav-eled in those countries before him. I make small pretense of showing anyone how he ought to look at objects of interest beyond the sea-other books do that, and therefore, even if I were competent to do it, there is no need.