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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Read & download ½ 0 Few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on St Joan of Arc Still fewer know that he. Why had I never heard of this book I was an English major I read lots and lots of lesser books in college and no one even breathed a hint that this book existed Thankfully I saw it on a friend s bookshelf and decided to read it myself About this book Twain said I like Joan of Arc best of all my books and it is the best I know it perfectly well And besides it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others twelve years of preparation and two years of writing The others need no preparation and got none This is a beautiful piece of historical fiction written as though it were a translation of the writings of a childhood friend of Joan who goes on to become her scribe It is very different from the other Twain that I have read it is free of humor and of biting satire The nearest I can say is that it is like a love songTwain s Joan is kind gentle true patriotic devout humble compassionate courageous Reading this book makes me want to meet her and it makes me want to be like her

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Read & download ½ 0 Considered it not only his most important but also his best work spending 12 years in resear. I am extremely glad I read this book but I can give it no than three stars I will explain in the hope that other prospective readers can accurately determine if this book will fit the bill for themAre you curious about the history of Joan of Arc Are you interested in an accurate and detailed exposition In such a case this book is for you Although a book of historical fiction it is accurate and detailed and well researched Mark Twain considered this his best opus I think I would agree This book is the retelling of Joan s experiences by Sieur Louis de Conte aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens her childhood playmate This friend was there too throughout all the events battles incarceration and court proceedings What is fictional are his personal thoughts about Joan and his musings over the historical happenings These thoughts are based on Twain s twelve years of thorough research He clearly admired Joan this shines through I am convinced I have been given a correct recount You will learn about the Hundred Years War about the political intrigues religious and mystical beliefs prevalent of the times To enjoy this book you must be interested and curious about history It is a book about history It is a book about the politics and machinations of the English and the French the plebeians and the Burgundians it is a book about the controversy over religious beliefs The setting is primarily northern France and the time is the 1420s and 30s It culminates with Joan s famed burning at the stake in Rouen When you close the covers of the book you will understand in detail what has happened I promise you that However the prose the philosophical musings of Louis de Conte are repetitive and tedious The language fits those times not ours The book was first published in 1896 and the language is of those times It is also hard to empathize with the characters The detailed events make the story long and yet still only at the very very end was I emotionally moved exasperated by what happened to her Only at the very end was I mad and furious and frustrated and felt like punching someone Mark Twain was not a Catholic and I am not even religious so it is hard for me to believe in prophesies and religious incarnations I was up against a wall I could not believe I just listened Aha that prophesy came true too I read of it and thought it must have been so but I cannot understand because I am not a believer I just put it down to history and say that again real history is stranger than fiction I would not recommend this book to those of you who want a good story where you feel for the protagonists where the emotional connection is important than the history If you prefer a book of historical fiction that is fictional than factual then perhaps choose other books See alternatives belowLet me add the book is not devoid of humor Although dated some of the lines of the dialog will surely have you laughing I listened to the audio version narrated by Michael Anthony He well captured Joan s sentiments and vocal intonations but his pronunciation of French phrases and cities and complete sentences was deplorable Even the pronunciation of the city of Rouen was off Please if a book takes place in France the French must be correct Michael should have taken a course on French pronunciationI am very glad I read the book because I now understand the history of Joan of Arc I prefer fact over fiction but the passage was tedious It is also fun to have read Twain s own favorite book But it is nice that it is over Deed accomplished 0 Joan of Arc by Mark Twain 3 starsJoan of Arc A History by Helen CastorAn Army of Angels A Novel of Joan of Arc by Pamela Marcantel 2 stars The Maid A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Read & download ½ 0 Ch and many months in France doing archival research A book to inform and inspire its readers. As Americans we are reuired to consider Huckleberry Finn to be Twain s best work It s the book in which Twain confronts racism and first proclaims that a white boy can have a black escaped slave as a father figure Twain confronted much of his America s foolishness in the raft trip down the riverHe also at the end provided an easy answer Jim was not an escaped slave after all he d been freed Tom Sawyer could fix things without telling this Perhaps one shouldn t criticize Twain for loving a character based on himself much less for writing his own vision Huck was brave enough to decide that he would aid Jim in escape Twain delivered that decision without conseuencesHis Joan of Arc cannot be so delivered He had a history book to follow With no such option twain focused on the humanity behind the story a humanity he so often despised He begins with a story about the destruction of fairies by the adults of the village He is already symbolically foreshadowing the tragedy of Joan s life For doing what is right for daring to be great she must be destroyed Twain wrote this story to criticize humanity at its worst At the same time he allows us through his narrator to love humanity at its best He decries ignorance through his writing as he always doesYou have almost certainly read Huckleberry Finn and perhaps Tom Sawyer If you want to find out why Twain was truly great look at some of his other novels and stories and especially Joan of Arc

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  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • Mark Twain
  • English
  • 09 April 2019
  • 9781556852114