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LARGE PRINT EDITION The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson / The Tragedy of Puddinghead Wilson (Cambridge World Classics) Special Kindle Enabled Features (Large Print Unabridged Mark Twain) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American humorist and writer, who is best known for his enduring novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been called the Great American Novel. Raised in Hannibal, Missouri, Twain held a variety of jobs including typesetter, riverboat pilot, and miner before achieving nationwide attention for his work as a journalist with The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. He earned critical and popular praise for his wit and enjoyed a successful career as a public speaker in addition to his writing. Twain s works were remarkable for his ability to capture colloquial speech, although his adherence to the vernacular of the time has resulted in the suppression of his works by schools in modern times. Twain s birth in 1835 coincided with a visit by Halley s Comet, and Twain predicted, accurately, that he would go out with it as well, dying the day following the comet s return in 1910.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466311533
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cambridge World Classics (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IE9V8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,141,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This novel is set in pre-Civil War Missouri. It begins when a slave girl swaps her baby (who is one part black to thirty-one parts white) for her master's child of the same age in order to give her own son a better start in life. Her biological son is raised as a gentleman, Thomas, but grows up to be a spoilt, nasty character whilst the rightful heir is a strapping lad of good character but poorly educated. This whole plot raises many questions for me. Does it matter which child gets which upbringing? Is Twain implying that the one part African blood is responsible for Thomas's bad character or is it his spoilt upbringing? In the end is it right that Thomas gets his comeuppance? The reader may cheer that he gets what he deserves for the crimes he committed but it shows, once again, the inevitable outcome for being born with African blood.

The book has many sub plots too including the arrival in town of exciting young Italian twins, a brutal murder and a trial for the murder. Pudd'nhead Wilson is the lawyer for the defence. He had arrived in the town many years before in order to practice as a lawyer but failed to get any customers after uttering a rather leftfield comment that caused everyone to believe him a fool. He was actually a well-liked and intelligent man with a hobby of collecting people's fingerprints, which go on to be crucial evidence in the murder trial. Whilst his forensic techniques were primitive, this is perhaps the first piece of fiction to detail the use of fingerprints in solving crimes.

This book came as a surprise to me. The plot ran along nicely and is full of humour. The characters were well-drawn and there were many things to think about, particularly regarding the labelling of people and how they react to and overcome such prejudices. The end of the book is marvellous and I now know what it means to be 'sold down the river'.
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I enjoyed the style of writing. The decriptions of characters and places are excellent. I also loved Mark Twain's humour, especially the chapter headings though he addresses serious issues in the book, especially slavery. The story takes many twists and turns until the court scene at the end brings justice, although we are left to wonder how the "real" Tom is going to cope with his new life.
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Excellent story and well written. I have read this about five times over the years, it's very entertaining
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Great story - one of Mark Twain's best and it was so easy to read on Kindle and it was free!!
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This was a book by Mark twain I had never read and I found it most entertaining. I wish that l had read this book years ago.
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