The Mysterious Stranger, Paperback Book

The Mysterious Stranger Paperback

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4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780486270692

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The four stories in this collection span Twain's career. The first two are light-hearted, but 'The Man that conquered Hadleyburg' and 'The Mysterious Stranger' are both bitter in their playing out of the plot. The latter was particularly dark (which is appropriate, since it was set in the Dark Ages!). I found myself, as a Christian, thinking that this story was an embodiment of what Satan really does - he tells half truths and deludes one into thinking that it is the whole truth.

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Linda (Whisper1) sent me this book because I had never heard of Twain’s novella, The Mysterious Stranger. Of the four stories in the book I had previously read only the first story, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, a short and humorous folk tale published in 1865. According to the blurb on the back, the stories in this volume were chosen to span Twain’s entire writing career. The second story, The 1,000,000 Pound Bank-Note, is a light-hearted tale about a destitute young man who is given a bank note he can’t cash so how will he be able to survive? I loved The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, a masterful story about greed and hypocrisy. The final story, The Mysterious Stranger, was published posthumously in 1916 and reveals how disillusioned Twain had ultimately become with humanity and the universe. It’s a strange but fascinating dark fantasy set in the Middle Ages with a character who is omniscient and a surprising twist at the end. Although I cannot buy Twain’s ending this story gives the reader a lot to ponder. Highly recommended

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A nice collection of four short stories by Mark Twain. The first two, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and The 1,000,000 Pound Bank-Note, are more on the humorous side, while the last two, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and The Mysterious Stranger, focus more on human nature and its faults. Of the four, The Mysterious Stranger stands out as my favorite. I found it interesting that even though Satan causes many to die, he makes some really good points about how we treat each other. The discussion with Theodor after the lady is hanged (pg. 110-111) was particularly relevant.

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I enjoyed all of the stories except the title story. The first time I've run across something by Mark Twain that I just didn't like at all.