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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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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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