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Pudd'nhead Wilson and Other Tales (Oxford World's Classics) by [Twain, Mark, R. D. Gooder]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0192837303
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (26 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,347,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 July 2004
Format: Paperback
"Pudd'nhead Wilson" is a typical Mark Twain novel. Set in early 19th century Dawson's Landing, Missouri, it has everything we expect from Mark Twain. The exploits of the title character, Pudd'nhead Wilson, calendar maker par excellence and sometime lawyer, are skillfully intertwined with other characters, some of whom seem to take the story over for a time before Pudd'nhead takes it back again, such as Roxy, the slave and Tom Driscoll, heir of the town aristocracy and...well, read the book.
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.
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Format: Paperback
Do others ever misjudge you? Did you, as a result, ever have a nickname you didn't like? Did you appreciate that experience? How did you overcome it?
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 30 Dec. 2015
By HH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's too bad "Pudd'nhead" isn't more widely read as an example of Mark Twain, as it's probably one of his more interesting novels. 'Twas risky business for Twain to be writing about a little white boy who's mistaken for black and a little black boy who gets treated like a white kid, but that's part of what makes it so intriguing! Uninitiated readers will likely find the language a bit hard to get into in the beginning, but it becomes easier once you get into the groove of reading it. "Pudd'nhead" contains tons of thought-provoking themes on society, especially nature vs. nurture. For me, "Those Extraordinary Twins" is probably the funniest part of the story line. That farce alone is worth a read because it's so outrageous and unbelievable. Humor and storytelling like this is what has made people fall in love with Twain's writing.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely joyful and totally entertaining with mystery. 24 Dec. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As entertaining as any of Mark Twain's works. Fun for all ages. Great stroy and lessons in life as well as Twain's great gift for humor, subtle and obvious. Totally entertaining with enough drama to keep your interest. Great for entertainment, education or teaching.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Twain is amazing 5 May 2016
By Nancy Shinno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mark Twain is amazing. What a liberal for his time and use of technology to find the truth. The horror of slavery.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Marred By An Absolutely Terrible Introduction 13 Dec. 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you buy this book, dive straight into the Twain works themselves and completely skip the introduction which contains such inane and unintelligible howlers as "Mark Twain has proved to be a one book author" and "every reader of Huckleberry Finn feels that the end of the novel is artistically mismanaged" and "Mark Twain's difficulties in writing the fully articulated novel consonant with the mood into which his mature experience had precipitated him are most evident in the construction of his eponymous hero."

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)
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real history written in a fictional form 6 Sept. 2011
By Kermit L. Cain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I repeatedly purchase this book and hand it out to both my African-American friends/co-workers/associates and others that obtain history from our government's school system (read faulted). Mark Twain gives an incredible window into what one aspect of slavery was really like; the blond, blue eyed slave (only 1/64th "black" was still a slave) wet-nursing the master's child along with her own (that becomes evident is also the "master's" child) and the window of time revealed during this period.
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.
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