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on 27 April 1998
The Bible According to Mark Twain gathers together a group of writings by the famous author that were either published years ago or not at all. The writings all deal with Mark Twain's intense study and understanding of the Bible. The book begins with some humorous ideas of what Adam's and Eve's diaries may have looked like during their first days together and then later after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Twain is unable to comprehend how they could be punished for doing something bad (eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge) when they still had no conception of good and bad until they ate the apple. Later works detail some thoughts on Noah and the flood and the importance of flies. It was important to preserve the disease carriers. When Twain takes a walk through Heaven you discover halos, harps, and wings are just for show. And finally he finishes up with a scathing attack on the stupidity of mankind, pointing out that statements like, Thou Shall Not Kill, and committing genocide do not go together. Or how could man conceive of a Heaven as Heaven and leave out sexual intercourse? If sanity is dangerous to your health, don't read this book.
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on 8 February 1996
Marvelous. Compelling. Funny. (How rare to review a new work by Mark Twain!) This book is rare, old scotch with just enough ice. It's a fine, black Connecticut cigar. It's a wide tie with a brave picture on it. It's a moonlit sail on the seas of time, and the distant rasping, drawling voice of God, winking at the human race through his prophet Samuel.

Get it. Read it a little at a time. Hope like hell somebody finds some more papers out there in California that nobody has had the chance at, and that the small minded are at lunch and the office boy leaves them in the outbox and they, too, come to print while yet we live.

No one can possibly get past the mythic Mark Twain to a deeper understanding of the great writer and his later passions without a thorough reading of the Eden stories, and an enjoyment of his darker humor. As an anthology, this book is a delight. But this work includes previously unpublished writings, and so it must be in any Twain lover's library. The author of this book is Clemens himself. The editors have, with appropriate reverence and irreverence, expanded the horizons of our understanding.

Hoorays and war-whoops all round.
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on 12 June 1999
Anybody looking for a way to deflate the self-righteous, Bible-thumping, polyester-wearing right-wing nuts of our day ought to give them a copy of this book. Not only does this book show how ridiculous the Bible is, it does it in a very comical inoffensive (if you have an open mind it's inoffensive) way. A book every thinking person will love!
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on 17 November 2015
Mark Twain at his most thoughtful and provocative - good read for all trying to understand the origins of religious parables and morals
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on 22 June 2015
Absolutley brilliant. Wonderfully funny,cynical and satirical.He certainly pulls no punches in his critique of Biblical myths.
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on 19 April 2015
Good value, entertaining book.
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on 30 July 2015
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on 14 February 2009
A quite interesting book.
Not so interesting that I had to receive 4 (FOUR) copies of it!
Doesn't anybody do some sort of checking on their deliveries at Amazon?
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