Mark Twain – Curmudgeon Hero

There are some men you just can’t help but admire.  My personal favorite right now is Mark Twain, who (if you’re illiterate) wrote the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Twain had a reputation as a humorist and speechifier.  He was one of the biggest celebrities in the early 20th century and made quite a bit of money.  Sadly, his business acumen was not as developed as his writing style and much of his wealth was squandered.

He died 100 years ago this past week, and the anniversary is cause for some excitement among his devotees.  Because you see, Mark Twain left us a little gift – a memoir full of venom to be published at the centenary of his death.  Quoted from the article:

“He spent six months of the last year of his life writing a manuscript full of vitriol, saying things that he’d never said about anyone in print before. It really is 400 pages of bile.”

I don't recollect likin' most of my friends.

Am I the only one who reads that and gets excited?  I feel as if there is another Firefly movie coming out, only with a Wash that was alive.

I am personally looking forward to studying this multi-volume, 500 million-word lesson in tearing down other people.

On a different note, it will be interesting to read about his real views on a host of subjects.  Twain’s ambivalence about God is somewhat known or guessed at in many circles, but this book promises to provide his own thoughts on religion and politics. I’m sure to disagree with him, but it would be a welcome change to disagree with someone who is not just a parrot of contemporary liberal talking points.

Politics aside, one thing you can count on from Mark Twain and that is a clear voice and a good yarn.  I am eager to read more about the man as he saw himself.

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