Friday, January 24, 2014

Bermuda, Through The Eyes Of Mark Twain

James Ross at the Richmond News offers a piece on Mark Twain, one of my favorite writers, and Bermuda.

Mark Twain, the ever articulate, globe-trotting American humourist once remarked, "Bermuda is the right country for a jaded man to loaf in."

It is as I'm checking into the luxurious Fairmont Hamilton Princess that I spy the familiar figure of Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain, sitting on a lobby bench behind me.

I am initially taken aback. Here was the author of my childhood favourites, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, with his trademark bushy moustache and unruly thick head of hair, sitting relaxed, legs crossed, and arm extended along the bench's back.

I realize, as my eyes adjust, what I'm seeing is the master wordsmith immortalized by a life-size bronze statue.

Twain was a frequent guest here at the Princess, in the opulent hotel's early days. He would relax on the veranda puffing on his cigar, reciting poetry and regaling guests with tall tales.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

Note: I visited Bermuda in 2012 and I concur with Mark Twain's opinion of the beautiful island.

I plan to visit Bermuda again this year.

You can read my post on my Bermuda trip via the below link:

You can also read an earlier post on Mark Twain and Bermuda via the below link:

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