The One Million Pound Bank Note (Tale Blazers)
We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has...more
This story by Twain emphasizes this fact more than ever.
I was waiting for some ironical situation to emerge or some tragedy to befall the protagonist. But it never happened.
Twain could have gained some brownie points by providing some more twists and turns. The ending is a little drab for a reader who has been hooked for the entire story just to see how things would pan out in the end.
This is Twain as I remember him. Recently, I've encountered a few stories that made me wonder about my childhood estimation that Twain was a generally great wit. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn holds up as an adult, but I had begun to suspect that I no longer enjoyed his short, fanciful tales.
This story centers on an honest and smart man who, through a twist of fate, ends up a tramp in London. Bringing to mind the 80's movie, Trading Places, our he...more
Un pari de milliardaire (qui donne le titre anglais)
La télégraphie mentale
Il s'agit de trois nouvelles humoristiques écrites en 1893, rassemblée en une petite plaquette.
Thème: la médecine (fossile), la chance (pari) et le paranormal (télégraphie).
1) Un majestueux fossile littéraire est une critique cynique des remèdes trouvés dans un vieux livre de médecine. La dernière phrase explique tout: « Quoi qu'il en soit, mieux vaut n'avoir recou...more
In 1896, a penniless young American in London must try to survive and prosper for a month as the bearer of a million pound bank note.
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...more