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  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: International Publishers Co (February 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717806871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717806874
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Black on August 3, 2007
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This is Mark Twain at his political satirical most incisiveness. It was well documented that at this point in his life, Twain spoke out bravely against many of the world's atrocities and this "soliloquy" is so wry that at times it feels nearly sympathetic, a literary device that brings the reader into a greater sense of anger and disgust at the callousness of deeds and thought from the King of Belgium. Historically, it is a must read for anyone studying world history and the story of King Leopold and his influence at the Berlin conference of 1884-85 is a fascinating side note to the events and political infighting that eventually would lead to the first World War. For Twain buffs, its a departure in tone that makes it even the more fascinating.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Phalin Landry on April 27, 2000
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In beginning Twain's "King Leopold's Soliloquy", one immediately notices how wordy Twain is. Yet, the context plays a major role in portraying the oddity of how the king actually thought his cruelty was well deserved. This book is pure genius when it comes to irony and sarcasim. One of Twain's most horrid yet thought provoking novels.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Alexander on November 17, 2003
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mark twain's accounts of king leopold's rule in the congo and the colonization of it by the belguims speak of a known but least talked about african holocaust in the congo. over ten million people murdered. congolese people enslaved, mutilated, whipped, tortured, and ect. all under the orders of leopold and belguim. it shows how imperialism in the congo raped the region of its vast resources such as gold, diamonds, cobalt, maganese, rubber and fruit products. this book should definately be read by all, eventhough it a small book, its very powerful and needed. i highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on July 21, 2010
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"King Leopold's Soliloquy" is one of Mark Twain's most incisive and important works and deserves to be as famous as his best-known. He had previously written "The Czar's Soliloquy," a vicious satire on Nicholas II's rule purportedly from the czar's own perspective; this uses the same device for Belgium's Leopold, cutting to the very heart of his brutal Congo rule. Though less well-known than some later events, Leopold's Congo reign is one of modern history's saddest events - an unimaginably horrific time of murder, exploitation, racism, and more. The events behind it were part of the lead up to World War I and are generally the kind of history everyone should know, lest it happen again. Twain was one of several world figures to denounce Leopold, most famously here. The work is hard to categorize; though a fictional soliloquy, it is filled with facts and is historically and biographically plausible. It is a good place for anyone wanting to know more about the event to start, though it helps to have some knowledge before reading. The piece is important as a rare example of literature having a very real effect on world problems, as it played a significant role in leading to reform, and it still has great historical value. However, it is also sadly still relevant; colonialism, racism, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, and the other unsavory traits leading to Leopold's rule unfortunately remain, and this work will be powerful as long as they do. Twain bitterly denounces intolerance, religious hypocrisy, imperialism, and other evils more heart-wrenchingly here than anywhere else, which truly says much. Few works have more fire and venom; it brims with the vitriol of a deeply stirred soul. This is also a good example of the cynical misanthropy infusing the later Twain.Read more ›
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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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