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Letters From The Earth Paperback – June 29, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1463646226 ISBN-10: 1463646224

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463646224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463646226
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,120,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William C. Lloyd on November 29, 2012
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This "Letters from the Earth" is only "Letters from the Earth" itself. Let me explain: The full volume titled "Letters from the Earth" is [was?] a full-sized book containing not only "Letters from the Earth" itself -- which is, itself, absolutely marvellous and will never be forgotten by anyone who reads it -- but also a number of other small masterpieces by Twain, all discovered posthumously and edited and published by one Bernard DeVoto. THAT's what I thought I was buying [my own old copy has disappeared]. What a disappointment. So I'm sending this on as a gift for someone, and trying once again to find the real thing. And THIS thing doesn't even have page numbers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roy B. Tansill on December 18, 2012
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For me this was a revisit to a book I first read many years ago. Some of what I remembered was not included but overall it was well worth the re-read. Mark Twain's sense of humor and ability to prod some thought from his readers is showcased. It might horrify some of the deeply religious (I am not) but if you can't laugh at Twain's work that is your loss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trillion930 on January 9, 2013
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This book is a fun, satirical look at humans from a different perspective. Fairly controversial, and definitely anti-religious, one page will get you thinking and questioning different societal things that you may have taken for granted and the next page will have you laughing out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norman A. Kelley on March 24, 2014
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Twain had publication of this work delayed until the last of his family had been dead for twenty-five years, for he wanted to spare them any reprisals. He ridicules traditional religious beliefs and will have the thoughtful reader laughing (and agreeing with him). This is Twain at his satirical best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. P. Balazs on December 29, 2013
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Mark Twain had strong political and religious beliefs that rarely followed that popular opinion of the mainstream, he cleverly disguised it with humor. Thls book was banned and is still not available at public libraries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Smith, Jr on December 14, 2014
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I was extremely disappointed when I received this. Someone had stolen my old copy of Letters From the Earth and I've been looking for a replacement for years. I was so excited when I saw this on Amazon so I quickly ordered it. What I received what was essentially a pamphlet with only the first section of the book that had disappeared. My bad, 2 books with the same name, one JUST Letters From the Earth and one a compilation of Mark Twain's writings.
So, I will be ordering THIS one: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000JIMQKK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Carter on December 7, 2013
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Irreverent and darkly funny. Don't read it if you're a fundamentalist Christian. It is particularly shocking when you place it in the context of early 20th century America.
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Here is another sample of the older, irascible, cantankerous, irreverent Mark Twain. He gets more interesting with each sample of questioning the widely accepted (during his time) ideas and ideals of morality, religion and status quo. You probably never knew this Mark Twain existed. He questions the Bible,.perceptions of God, angels and just about everything else in scripture. He does this by having God sent his favorite angel, Lucifer (yes...the one who falls from grace and becomes
Satan) to observe His latest experiment, man, to see how the experiment is coming along. Lucifer reports his findings to God through letters he writes from his observation post, Earth. Hence the title of one of the most keen
and brutally critiqued actions of creation.
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