Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Hardcover – 10 Mar 2011
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From the Back Cover
Twin's serious, impassioned, meticulously researched story about a compelling heroine, the Maid of Orleans. This is Twain's celebration of the ideal woman: gentle, selfless, and pure, but also brave, courageous, and eloquent. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel," and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876, among many others.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a story of Joan's courage, intelligence and most of all her unswerving faith in her destiny and in her God, and how in the last year of her brief life she stood totally alone against her persecutors, whose sole objective was to have her die by fire.
Twain's admiration for her shines through every page, and the more I learn about Joan of Arc, the more I share his admiration.
This is a great book, and a must read for anyone interested in Joan of Arc.
Twain was fascinated by the brevity of Joan's effective career. In the short space of just over a year, this girl's sense of mission carried her, and her followers, through a succession of victories. As he relates in this tale, it was her inspiration that turned the French nation from a defeated people to one marked for liberation. He shows how the populace took to her almost from the day she launched her effort. Freeing her native land from "the English yoke" meant more than military prowess. It was her wit and persistence which won her followers and converted hardened soldiers to her cause. Behind the scenes, however, corrupt court officials and a Church holding her role in deep suspicion impaired her frequently. Twain makes her almost a genius at evading their machinations or turning them into her supporters.
Twain says "this untrained young creature's genius for war was wonderful". He has her proving it by leading her troops in frantic assaults without ever killing a man. His portrayal of the dichotomy of a general unable to kill is magnificent - no other word will do. He shows her compassion for wounded enemies and her employing a convicted deserter into her ranks.Read more ›
Born in Domremy in 1412, seventy-five years after the beginning of the Hundred Years War, Joan, an Armagnac, supports the isolated Dauphin, son of Charles VI; another faction supports the Duke of Burgundy, allied with the British. When Joan is fifteen, her angelic voices tell her she will lead God's armies, win back France, and restore the Dauphin. By the time she is seventeen she is General-in-Chief of France. After lifting the siege of Orleans, achieving many victories, and finally, standing beside the Dauphin at his coronation, she is, however, captured by the Burgundians. Sold to the English, she is later surrendered to an Inquisition in Rouen for trial as a heretic and sorceress. The Dauphin fails to intervene, and at age nineteen she is burned at the stake.
Twain creates a fast-paced story about this tumultuous period, creating a series of repeating characters who anchor Joan's story from the time of childhood until her death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not yet read but my expectations are allways the same. I enjoy every minut.Published 1 month ago by Maria Isabel Dinis
Mark Twain considered this work to be the best material he ever produced. With almost reverent respect for Twain, I beg to differ. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 1999
This inspiring book introduced me to the thrilling life of St. Joan of Arc. I am only in sixth grade and I loved it!! Read morePublished on 11 July 1999
I would just like to say that this book is truly remarkable, and deserves a lot more credit than that which it is receiving. Read morePublished on 10 July 1999
It is, quite simply, the best book I have read in years. Her story is without equal. That, coupled with Mr. Twain's talent for words, produced a work that touched my soul.Published on 7 July 1999