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Mark Twain

Post by Terri2 » 26 Jan 2007, 12:41

What do you think of Mark Twain? I think he's a good author, but I wasn't that interested by his novels. Nonetheless, I think he was a brilliant and creative man. What do you think?

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Post by readertim109 » 28 Feb 2007, 10:28

I liked his books a lot. I found them fun and entertaining. Granted, I was young when I read them. I might go back and reread them.

How old was everyone when they read Mark Twain's stories about Tom and Huckleberry?
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Post by Hippykitty » 28 Feb 2007, 10:36

Had to study him at Uni; for a course option concerning the literature of the American South. Really lightened the course. I remember a quote by a critic which formed the basis of an essay we had to write: "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are the same dream dreamed twice over, the second time as a nightmare,".

But I loved his other novels too: A Connecticut Yankee, Puddin' Head Wilson, etc.
I still have them; must dust them off the top shelf to read again.

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Post by notrorygilmore » 31 Mar 2007, 16:32

His novels aren't bad, but I hate studying them in school. I've had to read Huck Finn so many times. I wish there were a few more books teachers felt they could teach. Earlier this semester I walked into my the last English class of my college career and was disappointed to see on the syllabus that once again I would be reading Huck Finn. While I enjoyed both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, I am sick of reading Finn in so many English classes.

Of course I was also dismayed to hear that three girls in the class had no idea that Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn were different novels. When our professor was asking how many people have read Huck Finn before a few people raised their hands. After she gave us some more information about Mark Twain, these three girls raise their hands and say, "Wait. We just heard you say something about his [Twain] other work, Tom Sawyer. Are these not the samebook?" I could not believe this. How do people think these two books are the same? Plus, they have different titles. Why would the cover of the book we are reading say "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" if it was also known as Tom Sawyer? I mean, really. So naturally they told the teacher that they had never read Huck Finn afterall. It was Tom Sawyer they read in high school and assumed it was the same book. I just don't undertand how anyone could make this mistake, much less people in a class that you only have to take if you are an English major or minor.

Sorry, I went on a rant. :(

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Post by baconpatroller » 13 Sep 2008, 23:26

Terri2 wrote:What do you think of Mark Twain? I think he's a good author, but I wasn't that interested by his novels. Nonetheless, I think he was a brilliant and creative man. What do you think?
I liked A Connecticut Yankee best. Kind of science-fictiony.

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Post by LawnTamer » 14 Sep 2008, 10:22

Puddin'Head Wilson was a great little read.

Mark Twain once commented on that his writing had been compared to the writing of the great authors as water compared to wine, his remark was that "everybody drinks water." It is true.

If you are ever in Elmira, NY, take the time to visit Elmira college, they have an interesting Mark Twain museum and his study has been preserved, and is usually left open for people to walk through.

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Post by Blake's Tyger » 11 Dec 2008, 17:52

I had six books when I was young - including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I read them over and over and can still remember the smell of them, sort of peppery.

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Post by andr70 » 14 Jan 2009, 12:24

I've read all Twain's books. I think, it's a greatest author in the world.

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Post by yarryneil » 12 Feb 2009, 10:51

I truly enjoy his work

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Post by TheoGio » 26 Feb 2009, 13:16

A very witty man, his books are still entertaining.

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Post by Comeflyaway » 26 Feb 2009, 14:41

notrorygilmore wrote:His novels aren't bad, but I hate studying them in school. I've had to read Huck Finn so many times. I wish there were a few more books teachers felt they could teach. Earlier this semester I walked into my the last English class of my college career and was disappointed to see on the syllabus that once again I would be reading Huck Finn. While I enjoyed both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, I am sick of reading Finn in so many English classes.

Of course I was also dismayed to hear that three girls in the class had no idea that Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn were different novels. When our professor was asking how many people have read Huck Finn before a few people raised their hands. After she gave us some more information about Mark Twain, these three girls raise their hands and say, "Wait. We just heard you say something about his [Twain] other work, Tom Sawyer. Are these not the samebook?" I could not believe this. How do people think these two books are the same? Plus, they have different titles. Why would the cover of the book we are reading say "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" if it was also known as Tom Sawyer? I mean, really. So naturally they told the teacher that they had never read Huck Finn afterall. It was Tom Sawyer they read in high school and assumed it was the same book. I just don't undertand how anyone could make this mistake, much less people in a class that you only have to take if you are an English major or minor.

Sorry, I went on a rant. :(
I can understand the frustration, but I don't think the mistake is that crazy. Tom Sawyer (the character) does show up in Huck Finn, so it doesn't seem like that much of a stretch to me. Then again, I wasn't an English major in college so my only exposure to either of them was a summer assignment to read Huck Finn and write an essay on it....

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Post by Somusan » 04 Mar 2009, 23:10

notrorygilmore wrote:His novels aren't bad, but I hate studying them in school. I've had to read Huck Finn so many times. I wish there were a few more books teachers felt they could teach. Earlier this semester I walked into my the last English class of my college career and was disappointed to see on the syllabus that once again I would be reading Huck Finn. While I enjoyed both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, I am sick of reading Finn in so many English classes.

Of course I was also dismayed to hear that three girls in the class had no idea that Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn were different novels. When our professor was asking how many people have read Huck Finn before a few people raised their hands. After she gave us some more information about Mark Twain, these three girls raise their hands and say, "Wait. We just heard you say something about his [Twain] other work, Tom Sawyer. Are these not the samebook?" I could not believe this. How do people think these two books are the same? Plus, they have different titles. Why would the cover of the book we are reading say "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" if it was also known as Tom Sawyer? I mean, really. So naturally they told the teacher that they had never read Huck Finn afterall. It was Tom Sawyer they read in high school and assumed it was the same book. I just don't undertand how anyone could make this mistake, much less people in a class that you only have to take if you are an English major or minor.

Sorry, I went on a rant. :(
I understand how you feel. It also happens to my English class. Our teacher tell us this common misunderstanding and we all laugh at it as we think we almost think as what he just said.

Anyway, I still love to read and reread Huck finn and Tom Sawyer. They are one of a refreshment for me whenever I get tired of adult world. :)

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Post by therewaseden » 07 Apr 2009, 11:23

I do need to go through and read his longer novels. His short stories are so wonderful, he brings a fresh perspective to ordinary things. I think he is one of the great authors who was able to make a radical political statement through his literature while using humor and satire, which takes great skill and a sharp wit. Huge fan, would love to discuss specific works and their historical context if anyone is interested.

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Post by Miera » 10 Apr 2009, 08:03

Terri2 wrote:What do you think of Mark Twain? I think he's a good author, but I wasn't that interested by his novels. Nonetheless, I think he was a brilliant and creative man. What do you think?
Well, I too feel that he is brilliant :)

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Post by Fantasy Guy » 08 Jun 2009, 02:52

I like Twain, and I really like that his books are not intended to be read into, but rather to be enjoyed for their entertainment value. English teachers get way to worked up with their ideas of what Twain meant by certain passages.

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