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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,425 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1894, while enduring a period of personal turbulence, Mark Twain penned this fascinating tale set in the idyllic river community of his childhood. Alternating between comedy and tragedy, irony and gravity, Pudd’nhead Wilson mirrors much of the social and moral unrest of the time. When a mulatto slave woman switches her own infant with the look-alike son of a wealthy merchant, it takes Pudd’nhead Wilson, the town eccentric, to put things right again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric Outen | 2/17/2014

    " A bizzare mystery, and not the sort of thing you would expect from Mark Twain. It still had his expected satiric voice, but it wasn't quite as humorous as his more popular works. The plot is sort of like Prince and the Pauper, only it's set in the south, and the class division is black and white, as opposed to rich and poor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Krista Wheatley | 2/10/2014

    " Entertained me. Didn't astound. Something required for Twain heads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tiffany Elgan | 1/22/2014

    " I had a hard time starting this book for some reason. But once I read Corinne's review I decided to hang in with it and I'm really glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. I think I enjoyed reading about what Twain's original storyline was going to be (found at the end of the book) as much as the story it ended up being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick McCoy | 1/21/2014

    " Back in college when I was an English Literature major I was surprised to find that Mark Twain at the end of his career was a bitter, pessimistic moralist when I read The Mysterious Stranger. But I see this version of Twain in Puddn'head Wilson (1894) as well. I was inspired to read this after reading Paul Theroux's descriptions of it in his book The Old Patagonia Express. It is an interesting novel that has comedic elements, twins separated at birth, as well as those well-suited to a murder mystery: courtroom procedural solving the murder with a stolen dagger. But there's a dark undercurrent present as well that asks about the questions of nature vs. nurture in relation to man's wickedness-which can easily be seen in the institution of slavery and Tom's heartless self-interested behavior in the novel. There is an interesting introduction from Malcolm Bradbury. It is a flawed novel, however, it is also a compelling one as well. "

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