Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The 2010 - 2011 Book Reading Project -- Part Four (Mark Twain)
Go ahead and gasp; I'm not a huge Mark Twain fan. I know that many regard him as the greatest American writer of his era – if not all time – but I used to think of him as a talented man who wrote stories accessible to children and reveled in the sarcastic comment in public. Reading him as an adult – and I'm sure that giving The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) another read this year will give me a more balanced perspective as an author – I found him to be more full of bile and hatred than any stripe of cleverness. This was an angry man, one who wasn't sending up people and institutions with biting wit but with borderline hatred.