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Letters from the Earth
     

Letters from the Earth

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by Mark Twain
 

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An American classic, with more than 320,000 copies sold— some of Twain's most pungent and hilarious writings.

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Letters From The Earth 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Temporarily banned from Heaven, Satan spends a long celestial day on Earth and sends his friends St. Michael and St. Gabriel letters about his observations of how God's experiment with the human race seems to be coming along. And, of course, Satan has the literary voice of Mark Twain at his cynical and iconoclastic best. C. S. Lewis much later tried a similar plot in his 'The Screwtape Letters' to push his theology. Twain's 'Letters from the Earth' is the better choice, especially if you're open to exposing and laughing at the hypocrisy of the overly pious.
AdamManthei More than 1 year ago
Aging and approaching the river Ganges, Mark Twain writes about his thoughts on Christianity, the church, Satan and the heavenly entourage, human nature, and God. The only one of those he doesn't criticize, subjecting it to his own brand of critical thought, is the last one. And in true Mark Twain fashion, there are parts of this book that are hillarious, finding humor in the holy. However, it quickly descends into writing that is clearly written when someone is in spiritual pain. Alone. And brave enough to stand there when he beleives anywhere else he's seen is a lie, a damn lie, or worse, a statistic. This is Mark Twain at his most dangerous. If anything did, this would earn him eternal damnation for his rejection of Orthodoxy, the popular beliefs of his time. But if you ever sat in a pew listening to a man of God teach the truth, and it left indigestion in your heart, then Letters from the Earth may be the cure.
Bonkwaddle More than 1 year ago
I guess I was expecting more. I thought it would have more humor. One reason to go to the store, and check out before purchasing. Had I done that, I would not have purchased the book.
LK_Hunter More than 1 year ago
This is a great satire, a well written story of the biblical angels and one of Twain's lesser known works. It's a great deal on Nook and hard to find anywhere else. For Twain fans, fans of good, classic literature, and probably atheists too.
Janus More than 1 year ago
Mark Twain brings his trademark wisdom and wit to the realm of philosophy and particularly religion in this collection of writings. The main set of stories takes Lucifer's point of view. He has been temporarily exiled from heaven for failing to praise God for his latest creation, life. Instead of being sent to hell, Lucifer is forced to live amongst man. The story unfolds as he retells the "true" history of man in various letters to his friends in heaven. While this may be one of Twain's funniest stories, it is also one of his most intellectually stimulating. After every one of Lucifer's letters in which he'd point out some hypocrisy or humorous religious rule I found myself deep in thought. This is the kind of book that when you are finished laughing you will suddenly find yourself saying, "Wow, he's right!" Assuming you're not offended by anything that pokes fun at Christianity this book is for everyone. The humor is more in the form of gentle wit and is never derogatory towards Christianity. I've read everything from Nieztche to Satre and in the end Twain rings the most true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This publication is so far removed from Twain's style of writing it makes me wonder if he had early alhiemers, or he was not the author. People who study the Bible know one can find answers to any question. Twain makes conclusions based on his one-sided viewpoint. He does not recognize what is so plain to see - man's inhumanity to man.
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