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on March 8, 2016
Mark Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida Missouri in 1835-died in 1910) is the greatest and best known American author. Twain wrote several novels; the greatest two are Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Many have read these classics in school but have not been introduced to the genius of Twain in the genre of the short story/tale tale. That omission is corrected in this marvelous collection of almost eight hundred pages. Included are such classics as "The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg"; "A Dog's Tale:; "Was it Heave or Hell?" The dark apocalyptic vision of "The Mysterious Stranger"; The humorous gem "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calevaras County: and many more. Twain's targets are:
1. Hypocrisy in all its many incarnations in the human animal
2. Racial injustice in America .
3. Unthinking belief in God
4. Cruelty to animals
5. Science at war with Faith.
Twain was a master at fable, the tall tale and the ironical short story. Enrich yourself with this marvelous collection.
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on September 17, 2015
This collection of Twain's shorter writings is simply excellent and is one of my all time favorite books. The only downside to this edition is that it leaves out "The Mysterious Stranger", which earlier editions had. Still all in all a great read that has plenty of Twain's humor but also showcases his serious side (such as The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg).
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on November 24, 2014
Haven't really gotten into this book so can't give it a full 5 star rating....but, who doesn't like Mark Twain and all his wit and humor so with that being said I just had to give it a 4 star rating on merit alone......it is the type of paperback that one would just pick up and read a chapter here and a chapter there....easy, enjoyable reading...not a novel, of course, as the book tells that....nice collection of this author's brilliant and penetrating insight into human nature...I look forward to spending more time with this great novelist....
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on March 1, 2017
Excellent read - especially for young adults in this day & age. The book is easily read since it consists of short stories other than the last

one The Mysterious Stranger.. Very good purchase!
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on May 29, 2015
Leave it to Mark Twain to be laugh out loud funny, subtly humorous and also biting in his commentary on the world and people who inhabit it. This is a tour de force of Mr Twain's writings, and no Twain library would be complete without a copy of this book. After reading this book it would be difficult to the point of impossible to argue that Mark Twain isn't one of the best - if not the very best - writers America has ever produced.
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on May 26, 2016
I love Mark Twain so the content is great. I do have a problem with Bantum Books and how they produced the book. The type it too far over to the binding making it difficult to read.
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on December 9, 2016
I love that amazing asked me, "How is the quality of the author's writing?", this is MARK TWAIN for crying out loud. It's brilliant and funny and unique and entertaining in a lost art kinda way.
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on January 5, 2016
Amazon review asks "how is the author's writing?" Ha ha, I'll say better than any of his reviewers. Twain is wordy by modern standards but his mind and his quality of observation are razor sharp. One of the alltime greats.
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on August 23, 2016
What's not to like about Mark Twain? This you can pick up when you're short on time and need a light pick-me-up. Put a smile on your face and escape from politics.
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on December 23, 2016
Typical Mark Twain....short stories are a nice read when not wanting to dive into the larger tomes.
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