Betsy's Reviews > The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West

The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman
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Apr 06, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in April, 2008

Good stuff. Fleischman's style works better here than it did for Houdini. He's drawn to self-made men with a penchant for exaggeration. In Houdini's case this sometimes led to wild/weird speculation. In the case of Twain, though, Fleischman finds his true home. The down-home style of writing could have ended up annoying but instead feels like a loving tribute to a great man. Biographies of funny people should be funny themselves. Fleischman proves the point.

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Sarah I'm jealous.

Betsy Yep. This me just ah-living the sweet life. Mmm mmm mm mmm.

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