10 thoughts on “Mark Twain

  1. says:

    A fantastic look into the life of Mark Twain He was clever and witty but not always wise The man was a gambler at heart I saw the monster type writer that he invested huge amounts of money in at the museum home in Hartford Connecticut He had lots of good ideas, but was ahead of his time That type writer just about ruined him financially Publishers stole his royalties by publishing his books in Canada and Great Britain but never paying him for his work In politics he took a stand against A fantastic look into the life o...


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed listening to the audio about this amazing man Now I want to get the hard copy and check out all the photos There were unabridged excerpts of Twain s work read throughout the narrative of his life A very informative and enjoyable book As Hemingway says he is like an American Shakespeare a literary genius to be studied through time Samuel Clemens lived a life of great hardships and exorbitant luxuries He visited all seven continents and was well received at lectures wher I really enjoyed listening to the audio about this amazing man Now I want to...


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    Enjoyed it Personally though, I am of the opinion that reading Sam s books, letter s and other writings, and coming to my own conclusions, would befulfilling than the reading of this condensed biography was The writers did a great job in condensing the long life and writings of Samuele Clements Mark Twain into one book but much was just a retelling of some of his books and the author s opinion, which I am mostly in agreement with, of Mark Twain s impact on the with regard to American lit Enjoyed it Personally though, I am of the opinion that reading Sam s books, letter s and other writings, and coming to my own conclusions, would befulfilling than the reading of this condensed biography was The writers did a great job in condensing the long life and writings of Samuele Clements Mark Twain into one book but much was just a retelling of some of his books and the author s opinion, which I am mostly in agreement with, of Mark Twain s impact on the with regard to American literature and the subject of racism andimportantly slavery I suppose in having read most his books and some of the collections of letters, that I was looking for someinsight into his life and history and though the book offered some of this, it did not approach my ideal expectations For example you won t find mentioned in the entire book the word Mugwump So, to it credit, you can tell it s very well written and researched As for the hard core Twain fans, the book is not very signi...


  4. says:

    I just can t get enough about Mark Twain This is a good start, though Such a complex American, whose voice remains relevant today, should be required reading for all I love Sam Clemens in all his forms Small town boy, riverboat captain, lecturer, comedian, family man, cat...


  5. says:

    This biography of a great author does exactly what is should it inspires the reader to want to know evenabout the author, and it especially inspires the reader to read or reread some of his works The second half of ...


  6. says:

    This illustrated biography is the companion volume to the nearly four hour documentary film directed by Ken Burns Its 275 illustrations and photographs bring to mind and eye the life of both the man Samuel Langhorne Clemens and the legendary figure of Mark Twain with which it is forever fused The varied takes and rich writing of the book s two authors, Geoffrey C Ward and Dayton Duncan,...


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    I m a big fan of the Ken Burns program and love its soundtrack This is the audiobook version, so I lost the benefit of all the photographs in the print version But Mark Twain s words are always best read aloud anyway AND, this is an unabridged presentation, so that is DEFINITELY a good thing The first five discs are the bulk of the book, and the material upon which the Ken Burns film was based Nothing new to me, though I feel it gives a very thoughtful account of Clemen s life, as juxt I m a bi...


  8. says:

    Mark Twain has always fascinated me and this biography only adds to that I can t say that the book really held any surprises, since the basic elements of his background are well know However, it was fascinating to hear from the writer s own journals and the memoirs of family friends In addition, Ward and his co authors did interviews, along with reprinting articles by other writers on Twain s influence.From his well known early childhood, growing up on the banks of his beloved Mississip Mark Twain has always fascinated me and this biography only adds to that I can t say that the book really held any surprises, since the basic elements of his background are well know However, it was fascinating to hear from the writer s own journals and the memoirs of family friends In addition, Ward and his co authors did interviews, along with reprinting articles by other writers on Twain s influence.From his well known early childhood, growing up on the banks of his beloved Mississippi, to his later self imposed exile to Europe and his various journeys around the world, we get to see how all of these eve...


  9. says:

    A nice overview of Twain s life with fascinating pictures and a balanced view of the good and bad parts of the man himself Considering its length, its subsidiary status to the Ken Burns documentary it supports which I haven t seen and its stated non comprehensiveness, it does an excellent job of getting the essentials of Twain s life in especially his family dynamics and inspiring the reader to go back to the books he may not have read There s also a great inserted interview with Hal Holbr A nice overview of T...


  10. says:

    This is a fabulous review of Twain s life It is marvelously entertaining with experts from his works, pictures of his life, and a narrative history of his life He was the most famous orator of his time, so his...


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