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Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1

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49 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

Mark Twain would be amazed.

Wouldn't Mark Twain be amazed that his autobiography, 100 years later, would be published in an ebook format? Mark Twain coming back in the 21st century... now there is another book of fiction I would read. His non-chronological, conversational autobiography is an eas...
Wouldn't Mark Twain be amazed that his autobiography, 100 years later, would be published in an ebook format? Mark Twain coming back in the 21st century... now there is another book of fiction I would read. His non-chronological, conversational autobiography is an easy read except for keeping up with his jumping around. In true Mark Twain spirit, his biting satire and lyrical descriptions are true entertainment.

posted by keanewebb on October 23, 2010

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60 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

still reading, but just barely

I really looked forward to my copy of the Twain autobiography. I didn't really think I was getting a text book. I looked forward to reading about Samuel Clemmons' life in his unique style of story telling. I didn't realized I would have to flip through 80 pages--nea...
I really looked forward to my copy of the Twain autobiography. I didn't really think I was getting a text book. I looked forward to reading about Samuel Clemmons' life in his unique style of story telling. I didn't realized I would have to flip through 80 pages--nearly of 1/9th of the book-- of self-important pedegogy of their interpretation of Clemmons' thoughts on how to write an autobiography and a historical chronology of his several attempt to write an autobiography and how they do or do not constitute part of Clemmons' final wishes of what should be included.

I don't need a bunch of professors at the Mark Twain project telling me their methods and approach to justifying how they put the book together. If they are compelled to waste pages on that, put it in the end of the book.

Just give me the flippin' autobigraphy already and get out of the great man's way!

posted by BradonVashon on November 26, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    It's really two books. The one Mr. Clemens wrote is well worth reading.

    I expected to open the book to a short introduction followed by Mark Twain's words and I'm obviously not the only one. However, wrapped around the actual autobiography is an amazingly dry academic study of the journey Mark Twain's work has taken over the last 100 years. While this does hold some interest, it stands in stark contrast to Mark Twain's famously personal and frank way of writing. I managed to get through a good twenty pages of it before jumping ahead to the actual autobiography. I may return to it someday if I'm having trouble falling asleep, but for now I'm really enjoying the actual autobiography.

    I feel it's worth noting that the two sections stand in such stark contrast that I'm unable to give a detailed review. In every category where one part is worth five stars, the other is undeniably only worthy of one.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Easily the Most Misunderstood Book of 2010

    Can we all step back here for a moment and understand what this book REALLY is, rather than slamming for what it isn't and, frankly, never was supposed to be?

    Is this a by-the-books, chronological autobiography? No. Not at all. Is this an experiment by one of the greatest writers of all time that will either engage you or bore you? Yes. This definitely is not for everyone. Twain here has presented us with, basically, ramblings and musings that he wrote as he thought of them. Everyone here seems to have a bad case of "The Village Syndrome" (Shyamalan's The Village marketed as horror film, turned out to be an intriguing suspenseful thriller).

    Get this book if you're a fan of Mark Twain and don't necessarily want to read about his life but more about how his brain worked. What made him "tick," so to speak. And the information about how they compiled it is thorough and quite interesting as well.

    Stop giving this book bad reviews when you know the problem isn't the book. It's you.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    Autograph

    @bobinbc, I don't know about you, but I got an autographed copy. All tongue in cheek the whole time.

    6 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    Good, but.......

    I am disappointed the hardcover isn't autographed

    6 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    Worthy, in spite of the editors

    The editors bloviate in such a moribund way that I can see Mark Twain rolling his eyes and wanting to poke them with his sharp pen. I'll await the next volumes and invest in them as well... he is there in a way that only his friends knew him as he talks about the things that made an impression on him as he came up and through the experiences of his life. I applaud his efforts and thank him for sharing it in such a sweet fashion that leaves me feeling he is sitting across the room in comfortable chair regaling me with the tales he couldn't write then. He was a dear man to care that some of what he may have to say would or could offend or hurt someone somewhere.... likely his own reputation as well, I'd guess. It's the ramblings of my grandpa, I hear as I read it.... lighten up folks.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Twain talk

    It's like sitting at the table talking to Twain. Very long, but diverse enough to keep you interested.

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