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A big chunk just where Hamlet's soliloquy is about to start, and another just before the town where they're arguing over plugs of chaw. Who knows what else is missing in other parts? Haven't read it all yet. There's a better work. Don't get me wrong.
I think Mark Twain is superb. However, the scanning of this copy seems to have skipped significant parts of some of the writings. Considerable amount of missing text. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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The Complete Works of Mark Twain: The Novels, short stories, essays and satires, travel writing, non-fiction, the complete letters, the complete speeches, and the autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain. Twain began his career writing light, humorous verse, but evo This carefully crafted ebook: Published February 27th by e-artnow first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 10, J. Kahele rated it it was amazing Shelves: Glorious If only I could write as clever as Mark Twain.
Whenever I read his works I am utterly amazed and a lot of the time I can imagine him pausing with thought as he writes down his words. I love to re-read a favorite. In this collection, I bypassed the familiar Mississippi novels, and went straight to the tale of 19th-century Americans abroad in Europe, The Innocents Abroad. In when I first read this travel novel, it was a paperback bought for a dime at a yard sale. We took turns, my spouse and I, reading it aloud on a long bus trip, in between extracts from two volumes of Will and Ariel Durant's The Story of Civilization.
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As a result, my memories of it are mingled with horro I love to re-read a favorite. As a result, my memories of it are mingled with horror over the barbarism of Merovingian Franks and awe at the artistry of Asian civilizations. Clearest in my recollection of Twain's Innocents is the reaction of the American couples to the historical sites and sights they were presented with in France, Italy and Spain. These raw newcomers to the historical grandeur of Europe were nevertheless accustomed to living "great men. Imagine the dismay, and growing disgust, at the idea that every great accomplishment was from the past; that "glory days" could only be remotely behind one.
Every artist, every builder, every great statesman they hear touted is deceased. Each statue celebrates an ex-personage. Eventually, Twain and his companions begin preempting the expected declaration. After waiting "as long as we can hold out, in fact," they ask their guides each of whom Twain names "Ferguson" , "Is Twain's observations are dead-on, as always.
It is not only the hapless Europeans he pinions, but also Old Travelers; tourists like themselves whose experience is just that hair broader that Twain's companions' and his own. These folks speak from the elevation of their knowledge to tell monstrous lies. There is the doctor, whose attempts to speak French are doomed by the lack of that tongue in the peasant he addresses.
She turns out to be English.
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Still, the travelers do get some thrills from their trip: We recognized the brown old gothic pile the Cathedral of Notre Dame in a moment; it was like the pictures. Fully complete novels, and everything, else you could imagine I would probably drop it to a three and a half because he repeated stories over again several times which was annoying maybe it was an editing issue because I thought those repeated stories should be removed. And he tried to speak some French and German and I don't speak either language. But if you restrict yourself to the novels and short stories you probably will do best.
As a young man, I read the adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, falling in love with the simplistic, yet complex writings of Mark Twain.
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Being raised on the classics, his writing style was unlike any I had encountered before. Then I fell in love with his short stories, especially The Jumping Frog. The visions that danced in my head would often make me laugh out loud. I could see the scenes as clear as the moonlight that peered through my bedroom window as I held a flashlight underneath As a young man, I read the adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, falling in love with the simplistic, yet complex writings of Mark Twain.
I could see the scenes as clear as the moonlight that peered through my bedroom window as I held a flashlight underneath my bed sheets to sneak in a few more pages before I fell asleep, flashlight still on. As an adult, I began to realize what an important author this man whose pen name was based on a marking of water depth really was.
His musings on politics, race, religion and relationships, are as pertinent in the present as they were when he wrote them.
To this day, when I feel the need to take a break from my favorite living writers, which are many, and go to a place where the past merges with the present, where politicians are mocked, jumping frogs are cherished, and the mighty Mississippi rolls, I pull out my well worn copy It's certainly interesting but it is spattered with tons of little notes and asides and writings that are, simply put, not that interesting unless you are a Twain scholar doing research and want to know what he said to his publishers etc.
There are some good parts too--some unexpected insights. Did I think this would be a little more "juicy"? However, there's no question the man was a wizard with his pen and had a rampant imagination and very very strong political and social opinions. There's enough to keep your interest but for me, it was rather slow-gong. I actually read a different version but it really was the first time I "seriously" read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Train of course remains a marvel. I especially liked some of his lesser known works I love this book, even though the dialect is very difficult to follow. I usually can decode this kind of writing, easily, but I found that I had to go back several times and reread to understand some of the speech in the book, particularly Jim's. But the storytelling is top notch and just what I expect from Twain.
Its a good book about the old times in the south. Its very adventurous and fun. I like the plot to it. Its a pretty easy reading but still pretty solid. The book as a whole is a good one to read.