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Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven

Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain

In "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" by Mark Twain, readers are taken on an imaginative journey to heaven through the eyes of Captain Stormfield. This whimsical tale provides a unique and humorous perspective on the afterlife, challenging traditional notions of heaven and offering a satirical commentary on human beliefs and aspirations.

Twain's wit and sharp observations are evident throughout the story, as he cleverly weaves elements of fantasy and comedy into the narrative. The character of Captain Stormfield is a charming and lovable protagonist, whose adventures in heaven are both entertaining and thought-provoking.

The writing style is engaging and easy to follow, making this short story a quick and enjoyable read. Twain's imaginative depiction of heaven is both insightful and humorous, offering a fresh and entertaining perspective on the concept of the afterlife.

Overall, "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" is a delightful and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of Mark Twain's satirical and humorous writing style. It is a unique exploration of heaven that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, making it a must-read for fans of the author and anyone looking for a light-hearted and whimsical story.

Book Description:
This was the last story published by Twain, a few months before he died. The story follows Captain Elias Stormfield on his extremely long cosmic journey to heaven. It deals with the obsession of souls with the "celebrities" of heaven, like Adam and Moses, who according to Twain become as distant to most people in heaven as living celebrities are on Earth. Twain uses this story to show his view that the common conception of heaven is ludicrous and points out the incongruities of such beliefs.
A lot of the description of Heaven is given by the character Sandy McWilliams, a cranberry farmer who is very experienced in the ways of heaven. The heaven described by him is similar to the conventional Christian heaven, but includes a larger version of all the locations on Earth, as well as of everywhere in the universe. Once in heaven, the person spends eternity living as he thinks best, usually according to his true (sometimes undiscovered) talent. According to one of the characters, a cobbler who "has the soul of a poet in him won't have to make shoes here", implying that he would instead turn to poetry and achieve perfection in it.
As Stormfield proceeds through heaven, he learns that his pre-conceptions of "heaven" are all wrong and a good part of the fun of the tale comes from Twain's revealing the "true facts" about what heaven is and how it works. (Introduction by Wikipedia and John Greenman)

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - February 18, 2013
Subject: Laughing...
The infamous curmudgeon goes to heaven and we have a great time as he learns the ropes... well read too.

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