On the Decay of the Art of Lying Kindle Edition
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- Publisher : Public Domain Books (October 4, 2009)
- Publication date : October 4, 2009
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Publication date: October 4, 2009
Publisher: Public Domain Books
As much as I admire Mark Twain as a humorist, I have to admit that the title is funnier than the essay. It is a pretty good essay concerning some truths about lying. In it Twain opposes both injurious truth and injurious lying.
At the Amazon listing for this essay, the comments and reviews posted by the publisher or by Amazon concern John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Not Twain's essay on lying.
Twain argues that we don't lie for the right reasons, and we need to address that. The essay is a bit short but still poignant even today. Twain's at his best in this essay, and it's well worth the download - even better because it's free.
Quickly, you will realize in Twain's signature over-the-top exaggerated fashion... we all lie and are all liars in our everyday lives.
As short as it is, it makes all of us think only the way Twain could. Thank God for Kindle for making this a complimentary download.
This short piece I enjoyed. Although it's wording and phrases are of his time, l still found them a joy to read.
The essay takes no time at all to read, but it packs a punch.
The premise boils down to this: Why tell a brutal truth when a harmless lie will save face for all involved? Why tell a malicious lie (or truth) at all? And if one chooses to lie, for heaven's sake, don't be clumsy about it.
While Mr. Twain didn't win any cash for his essay (and why would he, given that much of the text is dedicated to humorously poking the judges in the eye?), I thoroughly enjoyed it. His points are applicable and their presentation entertaining. It's surely worth the 15-minute investment--though apparently not worth thirty bucks to the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford!
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Given as an oratorical essay for discussion Twain gives us here a comic thought provoking thesis on the art of lying. We all do it, but alas as Twain points out, do we do it with artistic aplomb, or just rather boringly? Giving his thoughts on how we should use lying to a greater more benevolent and artistic effect this is well worth reading. If you have only read 'Huck Finn' or 'Tom Sawyer' then you should really give other works by Twain a go, as people who do have always found it to be well worth the effort.