Today my English 121 class had to narrate "Reading the River." I thought this article was written very poetically. I can tell that Mr. Twain was very familiar with the Missippi. I enjoyed how his details and description. Sentences such as...The face of the water in time became a wonderful book-a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice...really describe how aware Twain was of the different changes of the Missippi. We read from "One Hundred Great Essays-Robert Diyanni. I plan to read the entire book. I was stuck like paste to paper after reading the first paragraph.