Irreverent, charming, and eminently quotable, this handbook - an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race - contains 69 aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain’s private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars.
Culled from Twain’s personal letters, autobiographical writings, speeches, novels, and sketches, these pieces are delightfully fresh, witty, startlingly relevant, and bursting with Twain’s characteristic ebullience for life. They also remind us exactly how Mark Twain came to be the most distinctive and well-known American literary voice in the world. These texts, some of them new or out of print for decades, have been selected and meticulously prepared by the editors at the Mark Twain Project.
©1991 1997, and 2001 by Richard A. Watson and JP Morgan Chase Bank as Trustees of the Mark Twain Foundation. 2004 by the Regents of the University of California (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“This wonderful book illustrates precisely why we can never have enough Twain. His humor is timeless, his wisdom about all things without equal.” (Ken Burns, American director and producer)
“This is a masterfully edited compendium that does Twain proud. It captures the note-taking, aphorism-creating, angry-letter-writing essence of Twain’s brain in a way essential, I think, to understanding the man, and by extension, the history of the United States and the nature of life on Earth.” (Dave Eggers)
“This book is a delightful read all the way through.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
I didn't realize that Mark Twain had such a witty and whimsical writing style. The book is filled with random stories of seeing life from a different perspective (not really a handbook). It contains silly suggestions like "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." It's an entertaining little book.
Mark Twain is insightful and funny and no matter how much time passes his work will still be relevant. He just gets people, and he knows how to take everyday stories and bring out the humor in them. I loved it!
Engineer in business school. I appreciate every genre but find business/professional reading and epic fantasy best suited to audio format.
This was entertaining. Good for a commute as you can easily pause and pick it up again. Well read.
Professional audio producer, interested in any story well told.
Bravo to the academics who collated and collected Twain essays for this piece, and bravo that it finally has become an audio book. Twain's mellifluous linguistic prestidigitation benefits greatly from oral application, and this engaging dispensation satiates and satisfies both in intensity and dosage. Apply liberally.
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I'm a huge Twain fan, but not of this audio "book". This is a compilation of Mark Twain's writings put together by a bunch of editors. Purchased on special for $1.99 I feel ripped off.
From now on, whenever the damned human race drives me crazy, this the book I'll be reaching for.
These here Mark Twain scholars have put together a delightful collection of anecdotes, stories, wit, and wisdom from the pen of the man himself. No one else could have written this stuff. It's funny, irreverent, insightful, and cantankerous. Real fun.
Plus, they got Grover Gardner to read it, and ya' can't do better than that.
If the reader is looking for the next Tom Sawyer then they will be greatly disappointed at this book of short essays. The story is a culmination of Mark Twain's cutting room floor writings. While each story is insightful into the mind of the great writer, some excerpts felt like they were added to help turn these stories into a complete book. This is truly a time piece into Americana and allows the reader to experience what life was like at the turn of the century.
He made it bearable.. I felt like I wasted 4.5 hours of my life. These sound like ramblings of an old man. I can understand that Mark Twain was a novelist, but gosh! no need for the highfalutin attitude. Guess, I'm not a fan. Learned nothing, just ramblings.
I've heard in the past that Twain had a brilliant sense of humor, but I'd only read Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer so I didn't think much of it. I really, really loved the sense of humor and the narrators brilliant job of bringing the material to life.
I'm not sure if this was just a matter of the narrator matching the material extremely well or if Gardner is always this good, but I will definitely be looking for more of his readings in the future.
This book alone adds Twain into my pantheon of favorite authors. It started a little slow to me, but he as a talent for exaggerating the truth in such a way as to make it truly profound.
"dull, dull, dull"
I like Mark Twain but got nothing from this, it just sounds like a cantankerous old man writing little columns for newspapers.
stick with the books!!
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