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By Tad Davis on 01-02-14
Good story, pointless afterword
The story itself is pure Twain, narrated in pure Garrison Keillor fashion. It's worth a listen for those reasons. For me, it had a particularly nice surprise at the end, when another of my favorite writers turned up as part of the over-the-top resolution. But as noted in another review, the story itself takes up less than half the audiobook. The rest of it consists of a long and rambling afterword, read (badly) by Roy Blount: it starts off talking about the genesis of the story, but somehow wanders off into Reconstruction, Twain's presidential preferences, the genesis of the Mugwump party, and the ethical background of "Huckleberry Finn." Listen to the story, but do yourself a favor and skip the afterword.
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By Jan on 01-04-12
A Short Story Surrounded... by history
Story itself is very short - rest is rambling tale of how it came to be written, Twain's history and US history... and how they combine. Many quotes from Twain's letters. OK but not what I expected.
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