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The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories" was the final collection Twain assembled in his lifetime, and it's a momentous volume indeed, including titles that come from every part of his career. It includes "A Dog's Tale," "Was It Heaven? Or Hell?," "A Cure for the Blues," "The Curious Book," "The Californian's Tale," "A Helpless Situation," "A Telephonic Conversation," "Edwar ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1872)
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I'm apparently not much of a fan of Mark Twain. I get bored by his witticisms and ramblings. Not always, but in this collection of stories... well, not my cup of tea.
Katie Warren
Feb 27, 2015 Katie Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful collection of stories

I am just recently getting into reading classic literature, and this was a wonderful way to be introduced to Mark Twain. His stories really make you think, and I look forward to reading his novels after this.
Apr 13, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The $30,000 Bequest was one of the funniest stories I have read in ages. Sally and Aleck have a happy life with two daughters. They are not rich but are comfortable. Aleck (her nickname) had invested some money early on in the marriage and was a wise business woman. Sally (his nickname) was also thrifty although not as much so as his wife. Everyone admired them and they were just generally good people. When a distant relative sends them a note telling them that he is going to leave them $30,000 ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I 'read' this as an audiobook over many walks over two years. This was "the last miscellany published in his lifetime" and seems to be "whatever was left". Twain can be excellent. He was Heinlein's favourite. And some of that excellence is included. But it turns out he can produce dreck and crapola too, and we get samples of that as well. It's a miscellany also in how it collects so many types, short stories, rants, spoofs, riffs, speeches, even a fairy tale, to name a few.

Do NOT read 'A Curious
Thom Swennes
Jun 11, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it
A vivid imagination is generally a good thing but even a good thing can turn foul if in excess. Mark Twain’s short story 30000 Bequest is a prime example of this. A predicted inheritance places a family in a vulnerable situation as they start making plans before the legacy is actually in hand. Their perceived hypothetical wealth can and does cause them emotional and physical problems. Once again Mark Twain makes the unbelievable, plausible and the unlikely, probable. This quaint story is worth t ...more
May 25, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing
I finished this book hours ago and I'm still smiling. I particularly enjoyed How To Tell a Story, An Entertaining Article, and the Extracts from Adam and Eve's diaries. Mark Twain has a convoluted and devious mind, one that I had not appreciated enough until reading An Entertaining Article, which left me so confused that I couldn't tell who had written what, so I read it again. I really had to laugh the second time as I realized just how completely Mark Twain had twisted his own words in An Inno ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Dan marked it as owned-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Beverly Hollandbeck
This was a book I got free in order to figure out how to use my ebook as an audio book reader, and I got exactly what I paid for. The reader of the book is someone with the "Libri Vox Community," and she is the worst reader I have ever heard. She pronounced the words correctly and paid attention to the punctuation, but she read in a sing-song cadence that had no relevance to the words she was reading. It would make you cringe.
Mohammed Salem
Feb 01, 2014 Mohammed Salem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mark Twain" in this book reminds me of "Yousef Idris" a senior Egyptian author, that for them the same way of irony and depth in writing, that the irony that the idea of looking for the delivery and reach the goal or what convinced!
in fact , he describes in some of his stories events occurring now in the national!! , I did not feel alienated when reading him, except for the names of people probably did not notice that I was reading a foreign writer, I'll try to read him more.
Sep 16, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's a serie of short stories, I particularly enjoyed the one about the $30,000 bequest, which is about a couple that are to receive said bequest and they start imagining what to do with the money. Suddenly you're reading about their vast wealth, but they still haven't got the bequest. I also really liked Adam and Eve's diaries, they are just so much fun.
Michael Hoisie
Sep 28, 2010 Michael Hoisie rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories by Mark Twain. It includes stories, letters, commentaries, etc... Loaded with Twain's satire and wit. Some of these works are priceless, like Twain's description of early telephones and type writers. My two favorite stories were "A Dog's Tale" and "Was it Heaven? or Hell?"
Jul 28, 2013 inception333 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read it just for the sake of reading it and it had nothing to make me laugh.Sometimes a simple smile seemed to lost in this book.Twain's best weapon is satire but satire cannot always land you on a joke that make people laught out their guts.This book didn't do for me well.
Jan 31, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, collection
Mark Twain is great at writing about the foibles of people and many of these stories illustrate them quite wonderfully. While other stories don't quite translate into the modern world, others still hold their charm.
So far, this is not my favorite of the Mark Twain collections. It seems slightly on the serious side, as if he is trying to prove a point regarding morals. I suppose I prefer his more light-hearted novels. Overall, though, it is very entertaining.
Mark Nenadov
Apr 17, 2012 Mark Nenadov rated it it was amazing
Mark Twain was simply a genius. This is a fine collection of his stories and essays, I believe the last published before his death. I wish more contemporary writers (fiction or non-fiction) had more of Twain in them.
Prashanth Baskaran
Jul 05, 2014 Prashanth Baskaran rated it it was amazing
My first book (non-abridged) by Mark Twain.

I love his writing style and humor sense. Now I see why the literary world respects Samuel Clemens.
Scott MacMartin
Apr 07, 2013 Scott MacMartin rated it it was ok
Humorous, but in a slightly cynical way. A bit like Ambrose Bierce, but in my view Mark Twain is not as entertaining in these short stories.
Jul 03, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok
I liked the first few short stories and I enjoyed the last ones but the middle ones were a bit slow.
Although none of these stories are Mark Twain's best, they are still worth reading for Mark Twain fans.
Jan 16, 2013 Thegurkenkaiser rated it really liked it
größtenteils witzige geschichten.
rassistische sprache und ansichten findet man da natürlich leider überall.
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Typical Twain--plenty of laughs surrounding intriguing insights.
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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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