Monday, April 30, 2012

The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain - Review

Cover Art for Novel The Mysterious Stranger by Mark TwainThe Mysterious Stranger
by Mark Twain
Genre: Classic

     Of course I'm not going to actually tell you WHO the mysterious stranger is. That would just ruin it and you wouldn't need to read it for yourself. Though I did spend most of the book wondering if he was who he claimed to be, or if he was actually his namesake.

     Mark Twain can be very hard to read, but this was not the case. Set in Austria around the times of witch burnings, this book sets itself apart from most of Twain's works. There is no phonetical dialogue that he oft uses, and I personally find very hard to read.

     This story is surprisingly philosophical. while there is a faint religion connotation, it is not heavy handed. How many times have you wondered, or heard others say, "How could there be a God that would allow..." insert any phrase of injustice. While Twain does not specifically phrase it that way exactly he give some great hypotheses as to how one scenario which contains suffering is actually more merciful than an alternative possibility.

     Mark Twain also touches on human behavior and the whole "go along to get along" mentality. This book is only 68 pages, a very easy read but provides a LOT of food for thought for such a short volume. I highly recommend it, especially to those who have started to think there is no book written by Mark Twain that they could possibly like.

I give it 5 star review graphic 5 stars!

     As with most classics, this novel is within the public domain and available for download as a free ebook on both Amazon and Goodreads.

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