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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson [Paperback]

Mark Twain
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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June 23, 2011 1613820720 978-1613820728
There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (June 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613820720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613820728
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good Twain read! May 6, 2009
By Rhonda
Format:Kindle Edition
I started this book on the way to Paris and could not put it down! I thought the characters where wonderful and colorful in true Twain fashion. It was quick and you were not made to lingure too long in one area. I really liked it a lot and I didn't think I would!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Enjoyable! July 17, 2009
By K. Key
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I was very surprised how quickly I was drawn into this story. I had never heard of this book and it is now my favorite Twain. This story deals with children that were switched at birth; one a black slave and the other a well to do white. The characters are vivid and lively.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tragedy of Puddnhead Wilson March 27, 2009
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this story overall. It is a bit of a mystery, not a who done it,but will the truth be reviled? There were a few spots that drug on a little longer than I would have liked but it gave you a better glimse into the sleepy town and its people setting. Do take note that it is an older story and slavery is a part of the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story by Twain October 1, 2010
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Without a doubt, Mark Twain is one of the most gifted people in history to ever put words to paper. In The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, the book is basically two stories: the first, a white child of privilege and a slave being switched at birth and the second, a murder mystery involving Italian twins. Pudd'nhead Wilson is the central character, an eccentric lawyer who loves to collect fingerprints on slides of everyone in town. It's interesting to look back upon a world of slavery, small towns and the quiet uneasiness that permeates everything. And the fingerprints! Twain basically predated the use of fingerprints in a murder trial by about 10 years to prove innocence.

Overall, a great work of literature, and makes for a quick read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor edition of a great novel April 13, 2010
By A. Bove
Format:Paperback
Do not purchase this edition of the novel. It is riddled with typographical errors, many of which obscure or distort Twain's meaning. I regret that I adopted this edition for a college course.

The novel itself is an excellent short tale, a kind of murder mystery, in which Twain examines the paradoxes of slavery and racial hierarchy with a great deal of wit and subtlety. It takes place in a Mississippi River town in Missouri c. 1850, and shows how the institution of slavery shapes (and deforms) the life of a political community. Roxy, a slave who is 1/16th black ("and that sixteenth did not show"), is one of Twain's most interesting and delightful characters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A have to read February 20, 2010
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This is the first book by Mark Twain that I have read. I found it by searching through the Kindle book store and liked the title. I read the reviews and decided to order it. I am so glad I did. I began reading it as soon as it downloaded and only put it down when I could not keep my eyes open any longer. As soon as I woke up I began reading again. The dilect was a little hard at first but as soon as I got the hang of it I very much enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great! January 23, 2011
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this book does not disappoint! it captivates as you plow farther into its depths. actually this was my first twain read, but it will most definitely not be my last!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book October 28, 2010
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Haven't read Twain in years. This book was great. Not classic Twain like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, but reads more like a detective story. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson is a mystery of sorts. It's starts out explaining characters and the town in which most of the book is set. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Is he really a Pudd'nhead?
the story begins slowly, but it gr;adually gains your attention especially as the plot thickens. As the female slave tries to help her child gain success, she actually does him... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thurman hollar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scottish genius in Missouri
David Wilson is an attorney of Scots parentage who arrives at a small Missouri town, just downriver from St. Louis. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth wins out
Twain weaves a very interesting situation that keeps one engaged until the end. A mother's love gone awry as her son turns on her.
Published 6 months ago by Dian Hanson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
All the years of reading in school, I had never read this book.
I am disappointed, had expected something different.
Published 6 months ago by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed it is a tragedy
It is a great story for the false Tom Driscoll, and a tragedy for Chambers.

Chambers seems noble and loyal, but Twain spent almost no effort and spared zero sympathy for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kamran
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Twain Offering
Although I knew in the end he would come out looking good, it was interesting the way he got there. Also like how Twain told the story of how the book was started and how different... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roger Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This was not one of Twain's best in my opinion. I have always enjoyed his work, but this seemed to be lacking.
Published 17 months ago by Sandy Shrode
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I like the characters and how Twain describes them. I love the time period, early America. and thought it was cute.
Published 17 months ago by joyce van brunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Twain at his darkest and brightest
Pudd'nhead Wilson is one of Twain's most brilliant writings (in my opinion). I read this story many years ago in school and never forgot it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Pruitt
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