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  • Title: Those Extraordinary Twins
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: 9781425001803
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I had heard THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TWINS described as a sequel to Twain s excellent PUDD NHEAD WILSON That s not really what it is, though Actually, this novella is entirely composed of scenes that Twain excised from the PUDD NHEAD manuscript after deciding his book featured too many characters Unfortunately, Twain didn t even attempt to flesh out these rejected scenes, instead just sprinkling in a handful of obtrusive sentences to keep readers oriented as to what the heck is going on Twain explain [...]

    2. Two truisms apply to all great novelists and storytellers The first is that they must be extremely good listeners as the conversation and its delivery may make or break a story The second truism is that the writer must have remarkable observation abilities The Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain is an amazingly good example of Samuel Clements talent and genius As the author admits in his introduction, this was his original inspiration for the novel that later became Puddin Head Wilson, but was som [...]

    3. As a companion read to Pudd nhead Wilson this story was a very interesting read The version I read not sure if it applies to all editions included commentary from Mark Twain in relation to the story itself and its later transformation into the Pudd nhead Wilson story.Apparently, Twain worked on this story as a serial with the creative idea of a pair of conjoined twins from Italy each with very different mindsets These twins visit a small Missouri town and astound the residents with their ideas, [...]

    4. Yet another from Mark Twain Begins A man who is born with the novel writing gift has a troublesome time of it when he tries to build a novel I know this from experience He has no clear idea of his story in fact he has no story He merely has some people in his mind, and an incident or two, also a locality He knows these people, he knows the selected locality, and he trusts that he can plunge those people into incidents with interesting results So he goes to work Onward and upwardupdate, finished, [...]

    5. Mark Twain has a note at the beginning of this book explaining its inception, and following abortion, in lieu to The Tragedy of Puddin head Wilson He continues to insert notes throughout the text to explain how Puddin head Wilson was supposed to fit into this story s plot, and how it eventually became a separate book by itself However, now I m absolutely confused so were the twins in Puddin head , conjoined twins If so, it never quite came across that way Honestly, if they were, that book may ha [...]

    6. Imagine being tea totaler with a brother who is a heavy drinker Now imagine that this brother is literally attached at the hip Yes, there many obstacles when one is are a Siamese twin When your brother goes on a bender, you get a hangover, when your brother gets challenged to a duel you may find yourself with an uncomfortably warm proximity to the action What does one do when your brother kicks someone with the legs that you share the legal muddle soon becomes evident.The short novel is a treat [...]

    7. A jolly romp around the misadventures and identity issues of conjoined twins This should probably be read only after reading Twain s Pudd nhead Wilson, as it was originally part of that story and later became a separate offshoot As Twain wrote, It is not practical or rational to try to tell two stories at the same time so I dug out the farce and left the tragedy Pudd nhead is darker Twins has a playful feel I enjoyed it I m glad he separated the stories wise man and am also glad that this was d [...]

    8. I really liked Those Extraordinary Twins It s central premise that two conjoined twins might have two very different personalities from one another is unbelievably terrible eg One of them drinks, the other doesn t One of them is a braggart, the other is humble One of them isk That being said, Twain seems to think the premise is absolutely hilarious, and he does not left up In the end, I was totally charmed by how funny he seemed to think it was.

    9. I enjoyed this story however, what I really liked was Twain s prologue about why he wrote this story and what happened along the way It started out as a comedy, but then the Tragedy of Puddin head Wilson snuck into the middle of it and after he realized he had two stories in one attempt he struggled to separate them and keep them both alive I recommend reading this along with Puddin head Wilson to get the full impact of how he wrote them.

    10. Not one of my favorite Twains, but still worth the read It was interesting from a philosophical standpoint The good twin versus the bad twin, and really which is which, since they share the same trunk of the body Twain must have had fun writing it, but I had already been introduced to the story via Puddn head Wilson, so this time around I didn t enjoy it as much, even being able to concentrate on the circumstances that have twin operating against twin.

    11. I might have like it , but I d JUST finished Pudd n head wilson And I didn t like the ending very much a very abrupt, annoying ending to a book, all in all It had potential, but I m glad he decided on fleshing out Pudd n head Wilson , on the whole.

    12. I truly enjoy Mark Twain, but this one Might be the least I suppose he was having fun with this circus show person 2 heads, 4 arms, 1 body and all the emotional as well as legal conflicts, but I just could not enjoy the idea of it.

    13. This is Twain at his best farcically As he was writing Pudd inhead Wilson he realized he had two different stories going, so he pulled this one out and published it later This has many of the same characters, but the twins are decidedly different.

    14. An enjoyable short story by Mark Twain I enjoyed the first 50% of the book far than the second otherwise I would have marked it higher Very funny in parts but always extremely well written.

    15. This is a pretty funny book, but Twain never really developed it fully as Pudd nhead Wilson took its place Still, it has some great ideas and so much potential.

    16. This book started off really funny, but ended entirely too abruptly I really enjoy Mark Twain s style of writing, even though this wasn t one of his bests.

    17. This was crazy and sortof funny a read as Mark Twains books always are I listened to this on Librivox read excellently by John Greenman.

    18. Reading the classics gives one a good perspective of the times when the book was written The difference in the style of writing is evident, as is the attitudes and bias of the people at that time.

    19. There are also some Italian twins, Luigi and Angelo, who are conjoined in a different story of Twain s, Those Extraordinary Twins Add a murder, and a trial, and you have classic Twain.

    20. By itself, this story felt extremely underdeveloped, which is fitting, I guess, considering that Twain chopped it out of Puddinghead Wilson.

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