Twain was one of the greatest writers of all time ,especialy if you compare him to other southern writers.the book is a beutiful interpritation of twains dark side. twain had a very cold side hidden away from most who knew him as americas leading humorist.twains dark side was brought on by family deaths and bad investments.i consider twain a realist and a true southerner, a man of his word but also a man of tall tales. all in all twains dark writings are as real as his humor ''some of them personal experiences''. it takes a l ot to believe twain could write such things because most people knew him as the humoristof such books as '' the notorious jumping frog & short stories such as curing a cold'. he let you see a different side of him in his dark writings. in the dark writings he showed the world the twain that greived & felt pain from his losses.