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ebook, 330 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1924)
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Thom Swennes
What better inspiration for a great storyteller than the most beautiful, modest and controversial French girl general Joan of Arc. Mark Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc is a fascinating story of love, faith and innocence. His own love of history adds not only color but humor in a story of danger, turmoil and massive suffering. I feel sure that he fell in love with pure and humble heroine of the Hundred Years War. She is masterfully portrayed as the flowering bud of innocence that sa ...more
I ordered this book not realizing it was fiction....based on historical accounts, but fiction. The work is criticized for "romanticizing" the story of J of A, which I can both appreciate and challenge, thinking, how can you NOT romanticize such a story, and figure? Joan of Arc looms large in our psyches and collective unconscious as both a historical and archetypal figure. Once I transcended the dichotomy of history/mythology and allowed myself to appreciate the value of both, I began to enjoy t ...more
Truth or romance ?

I find it amazing that Mark Twain of all people so idolized a human being. That he spent twelve years researching and two years writing the fictitious personal recollections of her page and secretary, Sieur Louis de Conte, shows the degree to which he was fascinated by Joan of Arc. In the words of le Conte she was of incomparable ethereal beauty, had a „great heart and a great brain“ and was „wholly noble, pure, truthful, brave, compassionate, generous, pious, unselfish, modest
Grant Frazier
May 26, 2013 Grant Frazier marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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5 stars!!! I read the volume for a school project, and ended up loving it. Told from the perspective of Joan's secretary, the story of her heroic victories and heart-wrenching martyrdom is brought to life. Great read, I'd recommend it to anyone.
This was probably one of the best pieces of Historical Fiction I've read.
Jay Magidson
This is one of those great books that will change your life. Twain considered this his best work. I believe he worked on it for over ten years. The characters come to life in Twain's capable hands. Yes there is humor, excitement, adventure, but it is no fluff piece. It is a serious work of history, albeit historical fiction. You know the basic story, but you don't know what went on around Joan to get her to to become someone so special in history. Did she save France from absorption into Great B ...more
Jennifer Humphreys
This was an interesting book. It is so different from Twain's comedic works. What really surprised me was the detail, down to the way various battles progressed. He must have spent so much time in research. Not that I would use this as a historic text! Clearly, Twain greatly admired Joan of Arc and made no effort to remain objective. That's OK, because it isn't that kind of book. He writes in the persona of Joan's personal secretary (she was unable to write, so she would have needed someone to d ...more
Ame la historia y a Juana de arco, odie a todos los que la rodearon y le hicieron daño, así como aquellos que decidieron verla como un héroe, pero siempre en términos masculinos.
Jon Ball
Don't know how "true" it all is but I literally got chills reading about her heroism and resolve. Amazing story and told the way Twain does it was like entering another world.
Gale Brow
Mark Twain was a Godsend, no doubt. His humor and his books lift us all but this particular book was beyond even his normal writing skills. Knowing that he researched the book for so many years and then was able to put it together as a story of history which was written so that it flowed like a great adventure; which of course it was an incredible adventure. He was able to tell this incredible adventure in a way that brought Joan to life as a real person, not as many historical documents are wri ...more
I wish I would have read this before I read The Maid. It was harder for me to read since MT tends to go off on little tangents, which might have made the book more interesting if I wasn't intent on mainly learning about Joan of Arc. I'm not sure if I'll go on to read Volume 2 and 3.
"Whatever thing men call great, look for it in Joan of Arc, and there you will find it."

Joan of Arc stories can't be beat. Why is this book not so well known? Twain said it is his favorite of the books he wrote.
It's a long read, but if your a Twain fan, it's definitely worth the read.
Erika Nash
Beautiful and inspiring. A must read for every girl with dreams!
Ted Fox
May be my favorite of Twain's many great books.
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Own 1924 edition, Harper & Row
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work
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“Now what has kept your leaves so green,
Arbre Fée de Bourlemont?
The children's tears! They brought each grief,
And you did comfort them and cheer
Their bruisèd hearts, and steal a tear
That, healèd, rose a leaf.

And what has built you up so strong,
Arbre Fée de Bourlemont?
The children's love! They've loved you long
Ten hundred years, in sooth,
They've nourished you with praise and song,
And warmed your heart and kept it young—
A thousand years of youth!

Bide always green in our young hearts,
Arbre Fée de Bourlemont!
And we shall always youthful be,
Not heeding Time his flight;
And when, in exile wand'ring, we
Shall fainting yearn for glimpse of thee,
O, rise upon our sight!”
“One day, riding along, we were talking about Joan's great talents, and he said, 'But, greatest of all her gifts, she has the seeing eye.' I said, like an unthinking fool, 'The seeing eye?—I shouldn't count on that for much—I suppose we all have it.' 'No,' he said; 'very few have it.' Then he explained, and made his meaning clear. He said the common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn't indicate or promise, and which the other kind of eye couldn't detect.” 0 likes
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