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- DescriptionThough t one of Mark Twain's most ambitious works, A Dog's Tale is excellent. A lover of dogs and other animals, Twain was opposed to vivisection, which was very popular at the turn of the twentieth century, and other forms of animal cruelty. He spoke out against it in various ways, t least in this fine short story. Though somewhat of a downer, most great works of art are depressing, including many of Twain's. The author had a strong misanthropic streak and grew more bitter, depressed, and cynical in later years; this is a prime example, condemning human cruelty and apathy in contrast to dogs' unconditional love and selflessness. Twain elsewhere called man The Lowest Animal, and this is strong evidence. Yet this is t mere propaganda; the story itself is excellent, engrossing and table in believably portraying a dog's perspective. Also, despite the grimness, Twain's signature humor is here in abundance, t least in the well-kwn first sentence. One should certainly read his better-kwn work first, but anyone interested in him will want this, as will animal rights activists. An excerpt from the humorous account reads, My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian. This is what my mother told me, I do t kw these nice distinctions myself. To me they are only fine large words meaning thing. My mother had a fondness for such; she liked to say them, and see other dogs look surprised and envious, as wondering how she got so much education. But, indeed, it was t real education; it was only show: she got the words by listening in the dining-room and drawing-room when there was company, and by going with the children to Sunday-school and listening there; and whenever she heard a large word she said it over to herself many times, and so was able to keep it until there was a dogmatic gathering in the neighborhood, then she would get it off, and surprise and distress them all, from pocket-pup to mastiff, which rewarded her for all her trouble.
- Author BiographyMark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835. He gained national attention as a humorist in 1865 with the publication of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but was acknowledged as a great writer by the literary establishment with The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1885). In 1880, Twain began promoting and financing the ill-fated Paige typesetter, an invention designed to make the printing process fully automatic. At the height of his naively optimistic involvement in the technological wonder that nearly drove him to bankruptcy, he published his satire, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889). Plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Mark Twain spent the last years of his life in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about the damned human race.
- Author(s)Mark Twain
- Date of Publication15/09/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight36 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine1 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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