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Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography by [Twain, Mark]
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Length: 24 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 73 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082P8H6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By Joel B. Reed on July 9, 2010
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It seems strange to be reviewing an author almost a hundred years after his death, but this autobiography is something I did not realize was out there. After downloading Kindle for Mac, I downloaded a number of free books and began reading Twain. His wit and use of English is both enjoyable and inspiring, but one must read carefully. Slowly is even better. The wit is up to the high standard set in Puddin' Head Wilson ("I wish I owned half that dog. I'd shoot my half.), as is the self deprecation, and there is a world of biting social commentary in even the most innocent seeming line. ("He built a commodious jail and put up a gallows, and to his dying day he claimed he had a more restraining and elevating influence on the Indians that any other reformer...") I recommend this highly for other writers who like to read a master at work. One wonders what he might say about being politically correct.
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Mark Twain takes on the Twain family history in this short work. The humor is broad and the laughs are many as Twain takes on his ancestors. If only other writers were so truthful about their ancestors!
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The line that heads this review is also the subtitle of this publication. It too must be a burlesque. This item is described as 24 pages--12 of them are completely blank. One lists only 'Made in USA Lexington KY 18 August 2010' and the bar code. The title page does not include a publisher(probably out of shame) The remaining 10 pages are printed in something resembling typewriter script, a rambling list of notorious ancestors which I imagine could be typical of a spontaneous dinner party expostion by Mr. Clemens. There is no introductory or historical comment giving any information whatsoever as to the source of the text in this "High Quality Paperback."

The soul who pays $75 for the library bound edition must surely receive an wonderful example of the art of fine bookbinding--or they are really ripped off.
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Twain begins this short piece with a family history that skewers the more typical boasting of ancestors of note. Twain's various euphemisms for the endings of some of his ancestors are delightful.

Aware that the autobiography is rather short, Twain added a short piece of historical fiction, perhaps inspired by the idea of ancestors. This, too, parodies the historical fiction conventions of the day and the ending is distinctly memorable.
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This is not an autobiography, burlesque or otherwise. I'm afraid that it is a case of what can go wrong when you tell a story by making the worst things happen to your characters as the mode of plot advancement.
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A fun, clever story that is a great read. The ending will get you! It'll make you smile, for sure!
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What a joy! I loved this book. I love all of Mark Twain's writing, but this one made me laugh heartily and keep laughing after having closed it. Nothing can match the humor and imagery Twain summons up in a thoughtful reader. He is not to be skimmed!
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This was what is, to me, another Mark Twain trick. The reader is snookered up to the climax and then left twisting in the wind. I'm a slow reader so it took me all of ten minutes to finish the whole "book."
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