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Mark Twain began his career in letters as a printer's apprentice at the age of 12. He worked as a typesetter and hack writer until a trip down the Mississippi inspired him to become a steamboat pilot. Twain was a popular humorist, a failed silver miner, an inventor, a pacifist anti-imperialist, and a vegetarian. He had a strong interest in the paranormal. Twain's novel Huckleberry Finn has profoundly influenced the development of American storytelling.
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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427072752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427072757
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,550,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TS VINE VOICE on September 25, 2009
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This is Twain's satire of contemporary religious mores. It was the last fiction he published in his lifetime, and like much of his later work, it's slightly cynical and very sarcastic, although more upbeat than, for example, _Letters from the Earth_ -- mankind comes across as looking fairly silly overall, but on the whole positive.

Probably of most interest to Twain fans who want to read everything of his that they can, or to scholars writing on Twain's religious views, more than to casual Twain readers. It's mildly amusing throughout, but no more than that, and Twain certainly wrote many other works that were more entertaining and more insightful.

It's a fairly short read, at 630 kindle "locations".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Stueck on March 5, 2012
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Classic Sam Clemens + science fiction. An old favorite of mine, available digitally, now a part of my Kindle book collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Poudrier on September 16, 2012
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I love all of Twain's work - he is the architect of my cynicism. This was a fun read, but feels more like a draft he never got back to finish than a novel.
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According to Twain, Heaven is years from earth, even when you are transported at .1 speed of light. It is huge, containing souls from multiple worlds, creatures only imagined by later SciFy authors. Multiple gates, minimal entry conditions. There is a caste system, and receptions for those who never received reward during life.
I wish that wings were more than decoration, but according to Sandy, an elderly resident, you travel by WISHING yourself around to greet new arrivals, or return to earth with divine messages. Most inhabitants only dress up for formal occasions- halo, harp and wings being a sort of uniform.
Sandy tells Stormfield: Heaven is a libertarian place- plenty of room, do as you please, appear any age- but it is not paradise as imagined on earth. Idleness does get old, and please do not irritate the patriarchs. Sandy is a keen observer of people in Heaven.
The rest of the tale is similarly imaginative. Twain enlivens things by speaking in the argot of a 19th century sailing master, sprinkling dialogue with phrases like:
' An ordinary comet don't make more than about 200,000 miles a minute. Of course when I came across one of that sort--like Encke's and Halley's comets, for instance--it warn't anything but just a flash and a vanish, you see. You couldn't rightly call it a race. It was as if the comet was a gravel-train and I was a telegraph despatch. But after I got outside of our astronomical system, I used to flush a comet occasionally that was something like. We haven't got any such comets--ours don't begin. One night I was swinging along at a good round gait, everything taut and trim, and the wind in my favor--I judged I was going about a million miles a minute--it might have been more, it couldn't have been less--when I flushed a most uncommonly big one about three points off my starboard bow. '
Now, this was published 1907, and an early manuscript exists from 1868!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2013
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It would be good to read the whole book, but what I read was different and fun. It would be helpful to know when the book is incomplete on ordering.
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I first read Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven many years ago, when I was on a Mark Twain reading kick. I enjoyed it greatly then for its gentle irony and mild prodding of naive religiosity. It is still amusing, but less so than other works in the same genre, such as Heavenly Discourse or The Screwtape Letters. I would add that Twain's later works, such as Letters From the Earth or The Mysterious Stranger are far more provocative and rather better written.
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Twain demonstrates an agile imagination as he considers what it would be like to be in heaven. Captain Stormfield, the protagonist, has potential as a character, but is under developed in this story. I was left wanting more background material. Twain's heaven is an interesting place and Stormfield, a red-blooded American approaches it with enthusiasm, whether trying to master his wings or waiting for a "rock star" saint to make an appearance.
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Mark Twain can sure turn them out! As I survey the somewhat forbidding vista of free books for my Kindle, I generally find that his books will actually be read. This is a fun conceit about a riverboat captain who dies and travels to heaven, only to find that it is not what he expected. Twain is not impious, but full of wit reminiscent of talk over the cracker barrel in the old general store. Not long, but good.
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