25 October 2008

The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain

Brilliantly comedic tale by that most American of novelists, Mark Twain. If Twain succeeded in nothing else, he has at least left his indelible stamp upon our view of the American condition in 19th Century southern life. The accent, the eccentric characters, the status of black slaves - these are the hallmarks of Twain's novels. In this regard Pudd'nhead Wilson does not disappointed. Although a bit staggered in approach, the reader is well rewarded for his patience to follow the trail to the end. A definite recommended read, especially if you are in search of a comical distraction for an afternoon!

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.

—Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar

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