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Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain
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Jul 25, 2011

it was ok
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Read in July, 2011

This was the last book written by Twain to be published in his lifetime. After tinkering with it off and on since the 1870's, it came out in book form in October of 1909, after having been published in two installments in Harper's Monthly magazine in 12/1907 & 1/1908. As for the story itself, Twain gets the first item of business right, namely that Heaven is a place, a destination. After that we must grade the story on it's humor and/or interesting-ness and not it's theological accuracy. It is, after all, fiction and mild satire, not a biblical exposition. If the reader will keep that in mind, not get his righteous indignation in a knot, and just enjoy it as you would Twain's other books, you will find it amusing. Granted, it doesn't compare to some of his earlier efforts, such as The Innocents Abroad, but there are still flashes here of the wit we have come to appreciate.
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