Ben Tarnoff on the “rambling flow” of Mark Twain’s autobiography: http://nyr.kr/17v2yNv
“It doesn’t always make for riveting reading, but it shows us what made Twain a revolutionary writer.
If you surrender yourself to the sound of his voice, the pleasure of Twain’s company proves…
I don’t think his narrative is loose. In fact, I believe he knew what he was doing. Very precise, pretty solidified for our imagination, and today, if read… would cause a riot, instead of appreciation. Welcome to my environment!