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Mark Twain Remembers: A Novel

Hauser, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 1569801541 / ISBN 13: 9781569801543
Editorial: Barricade Books Inc, Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1999
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Título: Mark Twain Remembers: A Novel

Editorial: Barricade Books Inc, Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1999

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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Veteran novelist (The Hawthorne Group) and biographer (Muhammad Ali and Company) Hauser has "commingled Mark Twain's words and ideas of my own" in this witty, elegiac novel. When it opens in 1910, Twain, believing his death is near, remembers a chain of events that changed his life. In the spring of 1856, 20-year-old Samuel Langhorne Clemens surveys his spotty work history, and decides to travel. Aiming for California, he makes his way to Saint Joseph, Mo., where he boards an overland stage. After two days, he stops at a small town, where he first encounters Hiram Kane, an enterprising freed slave who's promoting an act where, for a nickel, white men can punch Bones, a "nigger" who's guaranteed not to hit back. Kane's cruel character leaves a strong impression on Twain, who is "part fascinated and part revulsed." Low on money, Twain decides to stay awhile in his next stop, a friendly town in northwestern Kansas. Soon he is aware that "Bleeding Kansas" is abroil with the question of slavery. Meeting Kane again, Twain learns the hard way that Bones is a skilled defensive fighter. Twain wins ownership of Bones in a poker game and wants to free him, but, discovering Bones has no prospects, he sets up a deal in which Bones fights and the proceeds are split 50-50. But a passionate liaison with beautiful woman rancher, and the suspenseful discovery of her betrayal, leaves Twain fearing that he must cancel the bout. Against the odds, they go ahead with the racially charged and exciting fight. A bittersweet ending perfectly caps this swift moral adventure. Succinct history lessons contextualize the tale, and the writing is so smooth it's impossible to tell which words are Twain's and which Hauser's. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In his first novel in eight years (The Hawthorne Group, 1991), the author of Muhammad Ali (1991) and other nonfiction draws heavily on his interest in boxing. Better known as a journalist than novelist, Hauser here creates an ostensible memoir by Mark Twain. The story opens with the 75-year-old author contemplating his own imminent death: ``This April will be my last.'' Inspired by the heavyweight championship fight between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries, Twain recalls an incident from his own youth that serves as the primary narrative. As a young man making his way west, he finds himself in Kansas just before the outset of the Civil War and becomes involved with a cynical, manipulative former-slave-turned-promoter, Hiram Kane (who bears an uncanny resemblance to real-life boxing figure Don King), and with Kanes own slave, an aging but gifted fighter known only as Bones. When young Sam Clemens cheats Kane out of his rights to Bones, the older man vows vengeance. Eventually, hell seek that revenge in a complicated scheme that plays upon young Sam's romantic streak and burgeoning hormonal drives. At the outset, Hauser warns, ``Throughout the manuscript I have commingled Mark Twain's words and ideas with my own.'' The result makes a queasy impact on the reader from the very first page. Hauser uses the benefit of a century's worth of hindsight to make his fictional Twain even more prescient than the real one. Regrettably, Hauser's Twain doesnt write as well as the original, and the novel is riddled with lengthy passages of history that read like a college textbookand with clichs that Twain would surely have eschewed. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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