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The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories by Mark Twain
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Mar 04, 2010

really liked it
Read in February, 2010

“There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory.” –-- Mark Twain, “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg”

Crotchety, and sadly brimming with weltschmerz, the series of stories put together in this little book just drip of that world-weariness. A linear progression: over time, Mark Twain grew cynical, contemplative, and even a bit negative, but seemingly never dull. More than worth a read, but only if one is willing to read them chronologically and consider his life's path in conjunction with that of his work and its lessons; who wouldn't have grow to question the comfort and security of old age? And how could any self-respecting (baby) lawyer not both love and hate the line that begins these thoughts? Precise and true, to the point of discomfort--much like all Twain wrote.
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