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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  4,009 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Mark Twain's Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is a story of the crusty Jim Smiley, a man who so loved to bet on animals - horses, dogs, etc. - that he trained a frog to be the strongest jumper in his county. Twain's broad yet graceful humor is beautifully complemented by the elegant woodcuts of Alan James Robinson. Finely reproduced, these illustrations bring Twa ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 10th 1998 by Moyer Bell (first published 1865)
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Carl Koch
Jim Smiley bets on everything he can possibly bet on. One day he found a frog and trained it to jump. The frog learned to jump further than any frog in Calaveras County. One day Jim met a man that said his frog was no more special than any other frog. Jim wanted to prove him wrong so he went to find a frog. While he was gone the man filled up the frog with a lot of quail shot. When Jim got back he bet the man that his frog would win. When the frogs went to jump Jim’s frog didn’t even move. The ...more
The story titled 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' was originally published in 1865. The edition that I read had the story with a preface in which Twain has angrily addressed some frenchman who have tried to translate his story in french and had ended up making fun of it. So Mr. Twain has given the original story to him, then his own translation in french and then the translation in english of the story that the frenchman published in the article.

The story is about a Rev. Leonida
Mark Twain's sense of humor is peculiar, for want of a better word. I think I understand what he was trying to do here, but if I could sum this book up in just one word, I would call it strange. I'm always amused when an author addresses the readers (say, in an introduction, or in an afterward) without actually breaking from the fiction of the narrative, and that seems to be the whole point of this revenge edition.

"The Amazing Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is a short story about a man who ge
Joe Schalkowski
I read the short story “The Notorious Jumping Frogs of Caleveras County.” I liked the short story but it was a little confusing. The beginning of the story was somewhat hard to follow and was a little all over the place but it cleared up a little bit at the end. The general idea behind the story was good and is a very valuable lesson to learn in life. In the story, a man named Jim Smiley always found a way to bet on something. He bet on anything from horse races and dog fights, to chicken fights ...more
Corey Schmidt
I read “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain. In the story the main character, Smiley, gets himself into a little bit of trouble. Smiley is a man who likes to bet on everything. He bets on dog fights to birds flying off fences. One day he catches a frog and trains it to jump. He wins a lot of bets with his frog until one day when a stranger comes to town and takes his bet. While Smiley is away he stuffs his frog full of lead quail shot. When it's times for his frog to ju ...more
Picked this up at the library today because I've always been a big Mark Twain fan and for some reason I've never read this.
It was a short story in classic Twain fashion - the narrator being an educated man getting a story from a more down to earth uneducated man. It's funny and told well and I'd recommend it - only takes about 15 minutes and you'll enjoy it and maybe smile or laugh a time or two.
Sep 06, 2008 Michel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michel by: Rita
Shelves: humor, doulce, lang
"Traduttore, traditore" (Translating is betraying, or something like that).
Mark Twain set out to 'prove' that point by caricature (which I'm sure is one of the 'fallacies' of deductive reasonning, but who gives a ** when things get so out of hand you get a LOL per page).
This is so funny you forget there is a real dilemma illustrated here: unless you read a foreign author 'in the text' (and know the language well enough to catch the non-said), you do not know what the guy really meant, you get wh
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Once again, not my cup of tea. It is fast and easy to read but it doesn't feel like a good story at all.
The Notorious Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

Mark Twain is one of the greatest and best known writers in the world. I am not sure about Burma, Iraq, Uzbekistan and other remote places, but in the “Western World” most of the children have read and enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. These adventures are actually included in the Guardian top 100 best books ever written. And the list is not some lining up of popular taste, or the fashion of the moment. It was compiled by experts and writers like
The titular story is okay. Cute, but only okay.

The real gold in this collection of sketches are the pieces "Answers to Correspondents" (seriously giggled out loud about eight times), "Concerning Chambermaids" (very amusing bit of hate-rant) and "The Killing of Julius Caesar 'Localized'" (where Mark Twain writes as if he was a first-eye witness reporter to the assassination of Caesar - best punch-up between toga-wearing gents if there ever was one!)!

Oh, the joys!
This is actually in a collected book of Twain, but I wanted to rate the story separately. The plot of the story is not actually that great. But the awesome. It captures this uneducated, small-town guy so well. Like the Huck Finn accents. I loved the language. It's like 5 pages. Read it just to hear the guy's voice.
Nicholas Piva
I don't feel the need to reiterate what the story is about, considering my fellow readers have done this twenty-fold. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is a classic, without a doubt.

Mark Twain is an excellent writer. That is if you enjoy broken English with a southern-plot bias. Now, many people enjoy it and I do as well, occasionally.

I just don't see how this story, as an individual one, achieved the ubiquitous reverence it has. I would give it three stars, for its clever story
Michael Cress
One of my favorite short stories of all time.
I read the version of this with the original, the french translation, and then the english translated from the french translation.

It's a fun story. I hadn't read much of Twain's short stories, and the narrative and style was fun to follow. His notes about the translation issues are almost funnier than the original story, but the story itself holds up well. I recommend it for a quick dose of Mark Twain, if you don't want to commit to a novel. Or just if you want a fun distraction for 20 minutes.
This was such an interesting little book... if you ever have the chance to read The Jumping Frog I would recommend this edition. Why? Because it includes not only the original story, but all of the fun stuff that happened after it was published.

Basically, The Jumping Frog is a story that was told to Twain and which he subsequently wrote down and published. It's a short parable about a man who can't stop betting (and winning) and how he is eventually defeated by a trickster. At some point, the st
This a funny short story about a man who bets on everything. It's a story told to the unwilling ears of the narrator. Twain displays a masterful hand in humor. The broken vernacular used by Mr. Wheeler, makes the story sound more authentic.
Leah Angstman
I love Mark Twain, but this story goes nowhere. A couple light chuckles. No moral, no purpose. The dialect is classic Twain, as always, but it's really not worth your time. Read Huck and Tom, instead.
It's humorous in a classic, Twain-esque style, and the concept is great. Just a bit abrupt and straightforward for my tastes. Perhaps it's a satire; I don't know. At least I found out what "quail shot" is.
This is a clever little story that takes less than 30 minutes to read aloud and leaves its reader laughing for about that same amount of time. Well worth a read if you want something quick and upbeat.
Fun little short story that's a good reminder of why we love Mark Twain. I wouldn't say that it's a true classic, particularly since the jumping frog is a very small part of the overall story, but it should bring back fond memories of listening to old timers trying to out-do each other.
Paul Secor
A three part book - Twain's original story, a French translation, and finally, Twain's tranlation from the French back into English (or American English, to be accurate). It's a setup, as Twain implies with a wink: "I cannot speak the French language, but I can translate well, though not fast, I being self-educated." And "There may be people who can translate better than I can, but I am not acquainted with them."
Nothing against the French - they make great films - but if I'm going to experience
Donna Bijas
Shouldn't count as it was a short story and a stupid one at that. Even if written by Mark Twain. Only bought b/c it was mentioned in the AJ Fikry book. Not worth it.
Eh...that's about as much as i'm willing to give for this. It's okay, but nothing special to scream about. Not Twain's best in my ever so humble opinion.
Jessica Robinson
Mark Twain, you silly man.

Sometimes reading his work doesn't seem worth the struggle, but I did enjoy this little gem.
Stephen Floyd
Favorite Quotes: “A sincere compliment is always grateful to a lady, so long as you don't try to knock her down with it.”
Short (short!) story.

Simple but therein lies its beauty - well, that and the patois in which the tale's told.
The book I read had the Jumping Frog and other short stories as well.

Sometimes I understand why Mark Twain is such a reknowned author and sometimes I just don't. Maybe by literary definitions he's a genius, I just don't claim to know about that. Some of the short stories good, most somewhat interesting but then he just leaves you hanging there saying to yourself, "That's where you'll end it?!". One he even left open saying he got himself into a mess and can't get out and basically finish it off
I liked that Smiley never strayed from his got what you saw.
Cuento corto pero divertido.
Enseñanzas? muchas.
Aún tengo que mascuzarlo.
Leo C.
Para ser el primer relato que leo de Twain, no ha estado nada mal. También ha sido mi primera historia humorística
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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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“I am willing to be a literary thief if it has so been ordained; I am even willing to be caught robbing the ancient dead alongside of Hopkinson Smith, for he is my friend and a good fellow, and I think would be as honest as any one if he could do it without occasioning remark; but I am not willing to antedate his crimes by fifteen hundred years. I must ask you to knock off part of that.” 2 likes
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