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Trying to write in another authors voice is not easy, as an example take the attempt by Robert Goldsborough to copy Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels, they just aren't the same and leave the reader flat. So I was a little skeptical that anyone could marry up with Mark Twains writing but Lee Nelson has written a pretty good story ending and I agree that one can't really tell where Twain ends and Nelson begins. I think that one of the reasons why this has been successful is that Nelson has a good historical feel for that period of the old West and part of what made Twains work interesting was his detailed description of the times and the places where he's set his characters. One should also give credit to Nelson for being a good storyteller in his own right and while the second half of the book is not what Twain would have written it still is a plausible and interesting outcome given Twain's start. Nelson also maintains Twains style of keeping the action flowing by continuously introducing new settings and conflct. All in all very satisfying and for fans of Twains work, worth listening to just for the first 15000 words.
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This book was better than The Adventures of Huck Finn, which most consider to be Twain's masterpiece. I liked Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians more than any other Twain work. Even if you only read the 15,000 words that Twain wrote, which is roughly 25% of the book (two hours of listening pleasure), you will be amazed by Twain at his adult best. This is no juvenile fiction...like Twain's other works...Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective, etc,..., . The book examines how each character grows and develops from the childish personalities exhibited in other books, into fully developed complex adults. Tom comes to realize that 'book' Indians in the adventure novels he has read, do not act like 'real' Indians in the real world, and 'book' women in his romanticized novels do not act like 'real' women. Like Don Quixote awakening from his fantasies, Tom comes to realize that he can't believe everything he reads in books, James Fennimore Cooper and Sir Walter Scott, being just some of the authors that Twain skewers. And Huck comes to realize how to rely on his own instinct for what's right and wrong, rather than be guided by the often intolerant and bigoted social morays of his time, . Even former slave Jim grows and develops an awareness of what being free really means, after living among the wild Indians and being treated like an equal for the first time in his life.
If you're expecting the same old juvenile, silly nonsense Twain usually put out, hold onto your seats when you read this one. Best book I've listened to on Audible. Best Twain book I've ever read.
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