Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc I like Joan of Arc best of all my books and it is the best I know it perfectly well And besides it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others twelve years of preparation

I like Joan of Arc best of all my books and it is the best I know it perfectly well And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing The others needed no preparation and got none Mark Twain Mark Twain comes furtively like Nicodemus at night with this tribute to one of God I like Joan of Arc best of all my books and it is the best I know it perfectly well And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing The others needed no preparation and got none Mark Twain Mark Twain comes furtively like Nicodemus at night with this tribute to one of God s saints In doing so he tells a secret about himself It is as though the man in a white suit and a cloud of cigar smoke thought there just might be a place where people in white robes stand in clouds of incense Fr George Rutler, Author, The Cure d Ars Today Joan of Arc is the lone example that history affords of an actual, real embodiment of all the virtues demonstrated by Huck and Jim and of all that Twain felt to be noble in man, Joan is the ideal toward which mankind strives Twain had to tell her story because she is the sole concrete argument against the pessimistic doctrines of his deterministic philosophy Robert Wiggins, Mark Twain Jackleg Novelist

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  1. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.

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  1. This novel was Mark Twain s last completed work which he considered to be the best of all his books He claimed that he had spent twelve years in its research and two in writing One of his key sources of research was Jules Quicherat s Proces de Condamnation et de Rehabilitation de Jeanne d ArcAs a historical novel, this is one of those that let me learn a great deal about the historical background and the historical character s while keeping me emotionally engaged with the plot It was not a fast [...]

  2. Why had I never heard of this book I was an English major I read lots and lots of lesser books in college and no one even breathed a hint that this book existed Thankfully, I saw it on a friend s bookshelf, and decided to read it myself About this book, Twain said I like Joan of Arc best of all my books and it is the best I know it perfectly well And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing The others [...]

  3. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain 3.5 starsI have never deemed myself a fan of Mark Twain, but I understand that this work is quite a departure for him I enjoyed this book for the mere fact that I did not really know anything about Joan of Arc I found the story intriguing and even touching at times It was a slow start for me and I wasn t sure I could get through it at first, but then it picked up in Part II The narrative was extremely detailed but some of Twain s humor and grea [...]

  4. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing SocratesI don t believe in saints I don t believe in angels My trust in people has been shattered during the last years I have serious issues with faith and god, because many times I have wondered what I could have possibly done so wrong to deserve certain things that have happened to me But I digress Jeanne D Arc has always seemed to me an insane woman a created legend, almost a fairy or a distorted tale.How could a teenager, barely a woman, h [...]

  5. As Americans, we are required to consider Huckleberry Finn to be Twain s best work It s the book in which Twain confronts racism and first proclaims that a white boy can have a black, escaped slave as a father figure Twain confronted much of his America s foolishness in the raft trip down the river.He also at the end provided an easy answer Jim was not an escaped slave after all, he d been freed Tom Sawyer could fix things without telling this Perhaps one shouldn t criticize Twain for loving a c [...]

  6. I am extremely glad I read this book, but I can give it no than three stars I will explain, in the hope that other prospective readers can accurately determine if this book will fit the bill for them.Are you curious about the history of Joan of Arc Are you interested in an accurate and detailed exposition In such a case this book is for you Although a book of historical fiction, it is accurate and detailed and well researched Mark Twain considered this his best opus I think I would agree This b [...]

  7. After 12 years of research, the famous Mark Twain beautifully set down the story of Joan of Arc in a way that only a master storyteller could What an amazing young woman she was She was soft and humble as only a young person could be, and yet she had the courage and strength of a lioness.She could lead a charge into combat and then, after winning, comfort a dying enemy in her arms That was the kind of woman that she was Despite being called to a man s work, she kept her femininity ever present e [...]

  8. Joan of Arc, called of God at the age of thirteen to save France in the 100 Year War against the English At the age of seventeen she asked to have her own men at war and be sent to the king, or the Dauphin She was denied the first time she asked and she then went a second time and she received the help of two knights She was sent before the king and she gave him a sign, yet she was still sent before a jury of judges and priests to perceive if she was sane or a heretic She passes with flying colo [...]

  9. This is probably one of my MOST favorite books The charecter and moral conduct of Joan is so inspiring to me, and Twain has such a way of describing her greatness I absolutely love it

  10. I d already read a book on Joan in preparation for a trip to France, but a friend happened to mention this literally in the eleventh hour, so I took it with me I wasn t disappointed I always hated Twain s Finn and Sawyer, but curiously seemed to enjoy his Connecticut Yankee much Perhaps he should have stuck with historical fiction This, his labor of love, stands out in ways than one.Having actually looked long and hard into the obscure trial proceedings, Twain brought them to life with a respe [...]

  11. This is the only book out of thousands that I have ever abandoned and never come back to It is so dull and plodding that I just could not pay attention to it I tried the audio book and just could not concentrate on it Then I tried to read it with a similar result I would go through pages and not retain a thing due to its dilatory pace Maybe it gets better but I have a better use for my time.Twain considered it his best book.

  12. So many people are unaware that Mark Twain wrote about Joan of Arc, yet this is one of the most thoughtful and charming of books, part historical novel and part loving biography I join many others at in recommending this book as an outstanding read and a wonderful introduction to a fascinating period of history.

  13. It is unbelievable that after all the years of school through completing two masters degrees, I never heard of this work by Mark Twain AKA Samuel Clemens until I found it on the shelves of a religious bookstore in Emmitsburg, MD on a pilgrimage to visit the shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton And yet, Mark Twain wrote that he considered Joan of Arc the best of all his books, twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing Why do the so called intellectual elite omit mention of this book when [...]

  14. This is a unique offering from Mark Twain it is neither the scathing attack on humanity of his later years, nor the gentle mocking of his earlier career although a bit of that does creep in he cannot wholly deny that impulse.Instead, he shows a picture of chivalry and adventure and some genuine piety and courage a bit different from Connecticut Yankee or The Prince and the Pauper He paints Joan of Arc as a reverential hero, pious and fearless and brave, and a martyr.Best suited for the young who [...]

  15. I find Twain s eloquent writing style captivating I had to stop several times to remind myself that the author was not there and that he was writing as a fictional character Most of us know at least a little about Joan of Arc, but this book gave me a whole new insight into her mission and eventual death Twain s descriptions of real life characters, though somewhat bias by his own leanings, became real to me I actually felt like I knew them Even though this book is one of Twain s less comedic acc [...]

  16. Virtually unknown compared to Twain s other books, this is a terrific, well researched read probably the best bio of Joan of Arc ever written.

  17. Mark Twain faithfully captures the history in novel form As far as I can tell every event and biographical detail was accurate to history We see Joan as child growing up in a peasant town, her remarkable acceptance by the Dauphin to lead his army, her even remarkable victories as she inspired the French, the treachery of the new King s court that led to her capture, her indomitable spirit as she repeatedly rebuffs the prosecutors at her trial, the fraudulent conviction, and her tragic execution [...]

  18. Very few people know that Mark Twain Samuel Clemens wrote a major work on Joan of Arc Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work He spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell He reached his conclusion about Joan s unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides, the French and the English A re [...]

  19. Did you know Mark Twain wrote a lengthy biography on Joan of Arc Did you also know that he considers it his best and most important work At age 17 Joan was appointed the Commander in Chief of the French armies by Charles VII, the uncrowned heir to the broken French thrown At that point France and England were 90 some odd years in to the Hundred Years War, 6 or 7 years earlier Henry V had won English accolades at the Battle of Agincourt when his tiny force defeated tens of thousands of French tro [...]

  20. This novel should have dispelled a lot of insipid stigmas about Twain s writing, but nobody read it The Europeans didn t read it because it was an American tampering with their history and a very unflattering bit of their history, too The Americans didn t read it because it wasn t funny Most professional critics wouldn t admit they disliked this book just because it wasn t funny because that would also admit how dumb they really are But it stands this a long, largely serious novel about a strong [...]

  21. This was a very special book The only reason I did not rate it higher is it is very difficult to read It is the beautiful story of Joan of Arc and the love and respect Mark Twain had for her comes across on every page In an essay about her he stated, she is easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced I was intrigued when I saw the book was written by Mark Twain As a Catholic I was concerned how someone with his complicated religious beliefs would tell the sto [...]

  22. Beautifully written and historically accurate depiction of the now Saint Joan of Arc Twain was meticulous with his research, taking twelve years, with another two to write the story Twain is clearly mesmerized with his subject, repeatedly touching on her youth, intellect, beauty, and impeccable character It was fascinating to read about this incredible woman, who had no education she couldn t read or write yet she was able to conduct complex military operations She was diminutive in size, yet le [...]

  23. Inspiring Reading this book got me acquainted with two great people from history Joan of Arc and Mark Twain Generally when we think about Mark Twain, we think of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn These were characters and themes with which Mark Twain was intimately acquainted He essentially wrote about himself The subject of Joan of Arc is another matter Here Twain had to be true to a historical narrative, and I feel he did a superb job This book has a 15th century feel to it, but it s impossible [...]

  24. This book is a beautiful marriage of heroic truth historical accuracy and beautiful story telling I have been looking for an uplifting book, and who better to turn to than Joan of Arc Honestly, it s the best book I ve read in a long while for many reasons I ve never really paid much attention to Twain before not even sure I ve read any of his other books but that s alright because according to him, this is his best and favorite of all his works It IS long, and I ll admit I skipped some paragraph [...]

  25. 1 This is fiction and I found that if I m to invest 450 pages in Joan of Arc, I want to know that what I m reading actually and truly happened and wasn t embellished for the sake of the plot or character development or a whim of the author s.2 Twain revered Joan and felt she was the most perfect heroine in history This is evident in the story Joan has no faults At all She is pure and perfect, patient and pious And frankly, that makes for a very dull character.3 Though Twain himself declared that [...]

  26. I thought this book was simply fantastic, Twain clearly did his research 12 years of it, in fact and also loved his subject I knew so little about this great heroine and now I feel like I have a full picture of who she was and what she accomplished in my head And it was simply a pleasure reading it too, Twain keeps his irony and sense of humor except in the grimest parts of the story, and he thankfully keeps those short and straightforward, never laboring on or over dwelling on the details of th [...]

  27. Brilliant One of the top five best books I ve ever read Mark Twain s writing is amazing I was so captivated by this book, and by its subject I love Twain s style in this book It is far and away the best book he s written He wrote with such warmth, such rich detail, and obviously did an amazing amount of research I learned so much and was enthralled with Joan of Arc Twain had me laughing out loud, while I was also in such sorrow for the fate of this young girl This book truly impressed my heart.

  28. Very few people know that Mark Twain actually wrote a book about Joan of Arc It took him years and many trips to France to collect the necessary information The story of the famous peasant girl is told in a lively manner, with a special Mark Twain touch, but preserving the historical preciseness as well I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the story of Joan of Arc.

  29. Huzzah for the Main of Orleans This is my new very favoritest book of all times I think this book should be curriculum Why have I never heard of it before Many kudos to Mark Twain for his hard work and honest telling of the story of Joan of Arc.

  30. Book report Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc was written by Mark Twain under the pseudonym Sieur Louis de Conte , his fictionalized version of Joan s page and secretary Twain describes Joan as a selfless young girl, loyal and faithful, noble and true, forgiving and gracious, wise beyond her years and strong in battle, devoted to God and her country He concludes his essay by stating, She is easily and by far the most extraordinary person that the human race has [...]

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