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Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache /The Awful German Language [Hardcover]

Mark Twain
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Nikol Verlagsges.Mbh (Dec 2009)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3868200398
  • ISBN-13: 978-3868200393
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Whether you know anything about the german language or not this book will have you crying with laughter! And if you have ever struggled with - or ARE struggling, the more you will fall about. Enlish on odd pages German on the opposite even pages, so that you can even learn something through the tears. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh out loud 26 Dec 2012
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I read this years ago when living in Germany (it was given to me by a German friend), and it made me laugh out loud at the time, and I just bought it for a friend who has a passing acquaintance with the language. If you have ever struggled with trying to learn German I think you will find it entertaining. Without that personal experience I am not sure it would mean much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The awful German language 29 Nov 2013
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As a near native speaker of German, born in Britain, I can understand Mark Twain's perception of learning and experiencing the German language. Bi-lingual versions of books can help language students to read original works with the help of their mother tongue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing book 6 Nov 2013
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Quite an amusing book for the student of German. Perhaps for someone who's fluent with the language, the 'funny' aspects seem completely normal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great dual language book for English/German 31 May 2013
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Each page shows the corresponding English / German text, which is great for somebody learning either language.
An entertaining look at the German language, I'd highly recommend it if that subject area is of interest to you...
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