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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463722427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463722425
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835. He gained national attention as a humorist in 1865 with the publication of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," but was acknowledged as a great writer by the literary establishment with The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1885). In 1880, Twain began promoting and financing the ill-fated Paige typesetter, an invention designed to make the printing process fully automatic. At the height of his naively optimistic involvement in the technological "wonder" that nearly drove him to bankruptcy, he published his satire, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889). Plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Mark Twain spent the last years of his life in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about "the damned human race."

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Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American humorist, satirist, social critic, lecturer and novelist. He is mostly remembered for his classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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This short story was just depressing.
Virginia C. Taylor
It makes you want to hug every dog you see on the street and tell them its going to be ok.
Lori Dalton
All in all, a superbly crafted story, even if it is disturbing.
BilgeRat

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lori Dalton on October 31, 2010
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I read this on my kindle to my husband while he was driving and couldn't finish it out loud because I couldn't stop crying.

It is a sad story about the dark side of human nature and the light side of a dog's nature. You fall in love with the main character instantly and feel its pain and confusion. It makes you want to hug every dog you see on the street and tell them its going to be ok.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By morehumanthanhuman on March 15, 2012
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I began this story right after finishing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and was expecting a lighthearted tale featuring a dog. That is not what this story is and I wish I hadn't read it right before going to bed.

What this dog goes through is heartbreaking and you should know that before you read it. Mark Twain does a great job of presenting this anti-vivisection tale and even more depressing when you realize that it has been 102 years since his death and we are still using dogs for research.

Don't not read it, but do be aware of what you are in for when you begin this story story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BilgeRat on January 21, 2012
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Part of a good author's job is to make the reader think. Having read the other reviews of "A Dog's Tale" (and of "A Horse's Tale" as well) I think some of the reviews may be missing the point.

I agree wholeheartedly that in all, it is an upsetting story. I also agree that it is probably not suitable for young children. Speaking as someone who shares his life with three dogs, one reading was certainly enough for me. However, there are deeper things at work here, and they should be looked into.

Consider that "A Dog's Tale" was written very early in the twentieth century.. This was a time when treatment of animals did not measure up to the same standards we as a society hold today. In fact, animal cruelty was societally acceptable. Levels of animal abuse that will have you in court in today's world were utterly unremarkable then. The dog was yours; you could do anything you wanted to do to it, good or bad.

What "A Dog's Tale" does very well is put the reader in the dog's life to experience firsthand the astounding cruelty being dished out by the dog's "scientifically detached" owner. The man demonstrates no sympathy or caring at all for his own dog, but through the story, Twain certainly elicits it from the reader! And I propose that this was the point; to make the reader think about the way they treated animals then. Twain was someone who saw much pain in his own life, and it's my personal belief that he probably disliked people that casually inflicted pain. Such people would be a ripe target for an iconoclast such as him.

All in all, a superbly crafted story, even if it is disturbing. Being disturbing, I think, was very likely the whole point. Don't get completely wrapped up in the emotion, look deeper. Five stars for making us think.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Scott on July 8, 2010
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A Dog's Tale is a beautifully written short story that abandons the satirical humor of Clemens halfway through. Anyone that can appreciate a well written tear jerker will love this emotional afternoon read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acwolf255w on March 10, 2014
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It's hard to believe this was written so long ago. Written from the dogs point of view it shows an empathy for animals well before the SPCA - Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ever existed. I humbly recommend it to all animal lovers .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esti on December 10, 2012
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This heartbreaking story of Mark Twain should be read with caution; definitely not for the very young.
Still, it is important – very important! – to read it, for anybody with a feeling heart and thinking mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By goat girl on August 6, 2012
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This book started out cute and funny. But right around the middle it stars going down hill and at the end it gets unbearably sad and heartbreaking. I read this book twice to see if I was wrong about how sad it was but I think it was even harder to bare the second time. I would only reccomend this book to people who hate animals.
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By sheldon on July 14, 2014
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Great classic book, I am loving that amazon has these for free and am trying to collect them all.
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