The Curious Republic Of Gondour And Other Whimsical Sketches
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These short stories and sketches were written in for The Galaxy and The Buffalo Express and made up out of sixteen various tales. The Curious Republic of Gondor is probably the most memorable of the group. As revolutionary as this may first sound, either the conception or the possible negative reaction from his reader, he neglected the mention of women and their political position in this unique republic. This and all the stories in the collection are pure Twain and well worth the reading. Mar 06, Pete Marchetto rated it really liked it. Either it took me a while to get into this small collection of essays, or the first two were rubbish.
Still, I got there in the end. The third piece switched me on, a somewhat ill-tempered attack on the folly of some individuals who had not realised an earlier item he had written was a joke. On the basis of that I concluded I was going to like Twain's writing provided it was written when he was in a rotten Either it took me a while to get into this small collection of essays, or the first two were rubbish.
Strangely, at least to the best of my memory, this was to be my first encounter with Twain. On the basis of that I concluded I was going to like Twain's writing provided it was written when he was in a rotten mood, but other more amiable pieces had their way with me in what turned out to be an occasional five-star read. Twain and I are well separated both in space and in time, so some of the humour based upon culture left me cold.
That culture gap was made doubly-clear with the gaff concerning Knights of my Realm being called 'Sir Smith' and the like instead of 'Sir John' etc. Occasional essays that may have been better handled also popped up, good ideas gone wrong I suspect with the hurry of a too-urgent deadline. For the most part, though, this was a nice work to dip into and back out of again, which I thus ruined by reading in a couple of greedy gulps.
Don't do it, people, bad for the digestion.
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Twain's humour tends to be topical - or was at the time - though he's not averse to spinning out of some topical nugget some whimsical train of thought which leaves reality's track in search of new lands. Certainly here, though, his best work is when someone had annoyed the hell out of him. If only his editor had had the professionalism to employ someone to prod him with a sharp stick from time to time, I suspect this would have been a five-star collection.
Sadly that is an opportunity now lost to history. Truly 'whimsical sketches' by Twain, his commentaries range from just plain humour to political views and if carefully considered are quite true to life I rather enjoyed the short story on Gondour, imagine that, being able to have more votes based on education or property ownership, hmmm, interesting Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it liked it Oct 05, Kerry rated it liked it May 02, Peter rated it it was ok May 09, Alexis Chateau rated it really liked it Nov 09, Introduction by John Greenman.
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