Hmm... I haven't read any of the books you've mentioned. The Twain novels I have read however were very dependent on his language so maybe the translation might have something to do with it, although being dated is also a strong possibility. That being said I still enjoy old travel/adventure novels like Around the World in 80 Days and Mysterious Island from Jules Verne or Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park, who were (if I'm not mistaken) contemporaries of Twain.andreas777 wrote: ↑Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:17 pmI decided to read the (German translation of the) novel "A Journey Around the World". I guess it was written at a time when traveling around the world was not so common and such a travel already very exotic and fascinating for most people/readers. For me the book is a plain travel report with weak and superficial figures and short stories that are quite boring to me. It gives a view on other nations and people typical in the colonial era. There are also thoughts / intellectual games / excursus that should be funny but aren't funny anymore in our times. The language is boring too (I know it's a translation) and there are no interesting figures or no magic in any scenes or conversations. Books that are completely different and on a much higher level in all aspects are "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene or "King Rat" by James Clavell, just to mention two.
Anyone else read any other books by this author? I saw a reference to something called "The Dark Forest".