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The Mysterious Stranger Kindle Edition
Mass Market Paperback
About the Author
- ASIN : B00846RM6W
- Language : English
- File size : 261 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 113 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #160 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Shan on 4 December 2018
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In The Mysterious Stranger, Twain forces you to accept an initial absurd premise - the form and abilities of the mysterious stranger - but once you have got over that difficulty, you can settle down to an imaginative and thought provoking fable.
The story is told from the viewpoint of a lad living in a remote village in 16th century Austria. The narrative is really a vehicle for Twain to poke fun at the superstitions, greed, stupidity, suspicions, small mindedness, selfishness and lack of trust of his target characters. At the same time, however, he examines the benefits (or otherwise) of being able to look into the future and know the fate of those around you and the outcome of your own existence. He also puts forward the theory that anybody's future can be dramatically altered by the minutest of chance occurrences.
All this is done in typical Twain style with humour as well as depth. If you are a fan of Mark Twain you will enjoy the entertainment.
The second story is a whimsical tale about a young fellow pursuing a turkey in an attempt to shoot it.
The third story is really an essay on the pitfalls of installing a burglar alarm and is both amusing and interesting when you compare burglar alarms in Twain's day with the modern variety.
I really enjoyed this rather simple story and probably the only reason it is not up there with his classics is because of the subject and views.