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  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (Sept. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573920398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573920391
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.7 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "The Great American Novel". Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother, Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. In 1865, his humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. He is called as "the father of American literature". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Mark Twain, in his advancing years, no longer relied solely on telling tales about adventuresome lads paddling down streaming rivers. Instead, he spent his efforts examining parts of life that were, and remain to be, sacrosanct to society. Politics, wealth and religion were his primary targets.

In the short story called "The Mysterious Stranger" he challenges fundamentalists from all eras to examine the tenets which form their belief system. In a simple dialogue between a young boy and Satan, he lays bare the faith to which we, as a Christian-reared culture, have been led to not only believe but to vigorously defend against unbelievers and even on the death-strewn battlefield. In the end, Twain reveals that he, himself is an atheist and, being so will have none of the fairy tales that society puts forth!

The worth of this book lies not in Twain's proselytization of us towards his form of unbelief. Rather, it is in the opportunity he presents to truly examine what we do have faith in, to discard the inane, and to repackage a belief system that is based on truth and reality rather than based on poems and illusions. Those of us who are unable to do this and adamantly hold onto that which we have inherited are the true losers of this challenge. For they, like our boyish hero, will be left breathless when, and if, the actual truth is eventually revealed.
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every time I read one of the 'masters' I realize why they are called that. I enjoyed this book from page one. It does our brains good to read from the past, and more of these books should be read in school. It isn't a matter of relevance, it's a matter of different styles and point of views, from different ages, helps us become more informed, and sometimes reveals some little nugget of truth!!
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Format: Paperback
I, having read Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, picked up "No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger" expecting yet another light-hearted romp.
I got a masterpiece instead.
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