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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous collection of perhaps Twain's very best works!, 19 Feb. 1999
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This review is from: Historical Romances: The Prince and the Pauper / A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court / Personal Recollections of Joan of ARC (Library of America) (Hardcover)
This collection contains my 2 childhood and all-time Twain favorites - Prince & Pauper, and Connecticut Yankee - and added the magical ingredient of a historical romance I never knew Twain had written - Joan of Arc. Now that I have read this as well, I see that it may be even better than the other two!
The wry sense of humor characteristic of Twain definitely is most in evidence in CT Yankee. All 3 of these works deliver Twain's wide understanding of human nature in different times and sociological conditions, and his admiration of human nobility and greatness of heart in adversity. Joan of Arc unquestionably is the most inspiring of these tales, being the story of the greatest hero (or heroine). The Prince and the Pauper, however, remains a jewel of an adventure story, which any child can identify with, and learn from.
It is a collection to keep forever, and re-read frequently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great collection, 23 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Historical Romances: The Prince and the Pauper / A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court / Personal Recollections of Joan of ARC (Library of America) (Hardcover)
for fans who wish there were another Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer, you will find Mark Twain's 'joan of arc' just as beautifully written as his more famous 'prince an the pauper' and 'connecticut yankee'. for catholics, 'joan of arc' is even more of a must read, a stunning proof how this great saint has captured the hearts of so many, regardless of their skepticism or creed. Library of America editions are beautifully bound, lightweight, and readable. here they contain the two most famous of his non-mississippi writings with a gem most of us never knew existed. a keepsake for the decades.
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