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Everything he'd noticeable were unimaginably diverse from the dry, dour streets of domestic, and to his shock he used to be no longer sorry within the slightest. He used to be obsessed with the beguiling otherness of all of it.

And so all started my grandfather's rapturous love affair with America—an affair that will proceed till the day he died.

This is the tale of the Meisenheimer kinfolk, informed via James, a third-generation American dwelling in Beatrice, Missouri. It's the place his German grandparents—Frederick and Jette—found themselves after touring around the turbulent Atlantic, fording the flood-swollen Mississippi, and being delivered to a unexpected halt via the damaged water of the pregnant Jette.

A strong American tells of Jette's dogged choice to feed a city sauerkraut and soul nutrition; the loves and losses of her teenagers, Joseph and Rosa; and the precocious voices of James and his brothers, occasionally raised in discord...sometimes in excellent concord.

But especially, A strong American is concerning the track in Frederick's center, a tune that started as an aria, was once jazzed by way of ragtime, and have become an anthem of affection for his followed kingdom that the kinfolk nonetheless hears to today.

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Bernard, ascending the Rigi, and traveling over the Splügen Pass. See, for instance, “How, When, and Where? Or, the Modern Tourist’s Guide to the Continent” in the 31 October 1863 issue of Punch; books, such as Albert Smith’s The Adventures of Mr. Ledbury (1844) or his Christopher Tadpole (1848), Charles Lever’s The Dodd Family Abroad (1854), Richard Doyle’s The Foreign Tour of Messrs Brown, Jones, and Robinson (1855),10 or Arthur Sketchley’s Mrs. Brown on the Grand Tour (1871). And take a look at Alfred Thompson’s play Linda of Chamouni (1869).

Another of Cook’s tourists, Alfred Miell, chose portions of Shelley’s “Mont Blanc” (204–205), and in A Budget of Letters a holidaymaker summoned lines from one of Coleridge’s poems to describe the “overpowering sublimity” of the glaciers (243). G. Heard, reached for the heights by selecting a verse from an anonymous poem in John Murray’s A Handbook for Travellers: There was the whole range of snowy peaks stretched out before us – a glorious sight, as fine as any one has ever seen before, or ever will again.

The complaint was common. In Britain itself it tended to be attached to Snowdon. “Mr. Perk’s Mountain Experience,” Parts I and II, in the 27 September and 11 October 1856 issues of Punch, follows the progress of Mr. Perk’s ascent up to Snowdon’s summit. On the way up he stops to contemplate the mountain and imagines himself at one with nature – that is, until he reaches the top where a “crowd of cockney tourists” swarm around the peak that is itself sullied by all manner of commercial buildings.

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