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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

Set in the fictional town of Dawson's Landing, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain is a gripping tale of deception, identity, and racial tension in the Southern United States. The story follows two babies, one black and one white, who are switched at birth by a slave. As they grow up, the consequences of this switch become increasingly clear, leading to a tragic chain of events that ultimately culminates in a shocking revelation.

Twain's writing is as sharp and witty as ever, with his trademark humor providing moments of levity in an otherwise dark and complex narrative. The characters are richly drawn and the dialogue crackles with energy, bringing the town of Dawson's Landing to vivid life. At its core, the novel is a searing indictment of racism and the injustices perpetrated by society, but it also delves into deeper themes of morality, fate, and the fluidity of identity.

While some readers may find the book's intricate plot and dense prose challenging, those who stick with it will be rewarded with a thought-provoking and ultimately satisfying reading experience. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson is a powerful and timeless work that resonates with themes that are still relevant today, making it a must-read for fans of classic literature.

Book Description:

It was published in 1893–1894 by Century Magazine in seven installments, and is a detective story with some racial themes. The plot of this novel is a detective story, in which a series of identities — the judge’s murderer, Tom, Chambers — must be sorted out. This structure highlights the problem of identity and one’s ability to determine one’s own identity. Broader issues of identity are the central ideas of this novel.

One of Twain’s major goals in this book was to exploit the true nature of Racism at that period. Twain used comic relief as a way to divulge his theme. The purpose of a comic relief is to address his or her opinion in a less serious way, yet persuade the reader into thinking the writers thoughts. Twain’s use of satire is visible throughtout the book. Twain’s use of colloquialism(dialect) and local color as features of Naturalism to convey his theme, is impressive and ahead for his time.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 7, 2016
Subject: The Tragedy of Pudd'n'head Wilson
A good story, very well narrated throughout.
Reviewer: - January 20, 2015
Subject: reader
Brilliantly read, a delight to listen to.
Reviewer: - January 20, 2015
Subject: reader & book
Fabulously read with great voice interpretations. An interesting book giving a good view of social history of that time.

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