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Pudd'nhead Wilson and Other Tales (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition
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Told in Twain's humorous style, the reader is introduced to the absurdity of class and racial distinctions in the pre-Civil War South, a court room scene reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and the quick draw stereotyping of small town America, all leavened with America's innate goodness and justice. In this book we read an original usage of the term "Sold down the river." This book moves quickly and holds your attention so that you will never want to put it down. Although not one of Twain's most popular works, it would be great by almost anyone else's standards. Enjoy this piece of Americana, as have generations before.
What if you had been switched in the baby nursery at the hospital for another child? How might your life have been different?
These are the kinds of thoughts that will occur to you as you read Pudd'nhead Wilson.
I was attracted to the story after reading about its genesis in the new illustrated biography of Mark Twain.
Pudd'nhead Wilson is a tragic story about the consequences of two children being switched shortly after birth in the slave-holding society of the American South. Those who admire the eloquent portrayal of common humanity among African-Americans and whites in Huckleberry Finn will find more examples of this point to delight them in Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Pudd'nhead Wilson was a novel that gave Mark Twain a great many problems. The book started as a short story about Italian Siamese twins with a farcical character, as the drunken twin caused the Prohibitionist one to get into trouble with his woolly headed sweetheart. As Twain turned the story into a novel, the most important characters began to disappear in favor of new characters. Stymied, Twain realized that he had written two stories in one novel. He then excised the original of the two stories in favor of the tragedy, while leaving many satirical and ironic characteristics. Part of this switch no doubt related to Twain's growing pessimism as he grew older and to the personal tragedies and financial difficulties dogged his efforts and life.
Perhaps it is this deep plot difficulty that caused Twain to leave the novel with two rather large flaws, which vastly reduce its effectiveness. I'm sure you'll spot them, so I won't mention the problems further.Read more ›
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I have no idea who R.D. Gooder is, but all I can say is that I am glad I did not have any literature professors like him. Stick with the unadulterated versions of Twain such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Cambridge World Classics) Special Kindle Enabled Features (Mark Twain Collection) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Cambridge World Classics Edition) Special Kindle Enabled Features (Mark Twain Collection)
I enjoy sharing this book in the same manner as having people read the emancipation proclamation and having them discover that Lincoln didn't "free" the slaves, only those in the Southern States and only those counties still in rebellion (Lincoln also was attempting to develop a plan to have all Blacks shipped out of the United States after war, won't find that in any government approved history book).
Great narrative, great detective novel, great candid look at that era.