Joan of Arc
Very few people know that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work. He spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work and then made several attempts until... show more
Very few people know that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work. He spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides, the French and the English. Because of Mark Twain's antipathy to institutional religion, one might expect an anti-Catholic bias toward Joan or at least toward the bishops and theologians who condemned her. Instead one finds a remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country's greatest storytellers. The very fact that Mark Twain wrote this book and wrote it the way he did is a powerful testimony to the attractive power of the Catholic Church's saints. This is a book that really will inform and inspire.
Publish date: September 1st 1989
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Pages no: 455
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
Let's start off with saying I am a huge Twain fan and have read many of his books. This is the only book out of thousands that I have ever abandoned and never come back to. It is so dull and plodding that I just could not pay attention to it. I tried the audio book and just couldn't concentrate ...
First book I ever read that was written by Mark Twain. It is really hard to believe that Joan of Arc was a once a real-living human being. The more I read the book, the more I believed that she was a myth, a kind of person equal to that of Achilles or Odysseus. Well, putting aside the question wheth...
Starting to read this book, I was a little apprehensive about which style it will turn out to be in, and was even more surprised than pleased. There was no bitter sarcasm which characterizes, e.g., A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. It is a genuine heroic novel in the best style possible; ...
This isn't so much a critical review of the life of Joan of Arc as it is an ode of love. It seems clear that Mark Twain and his narrator are both in love with her. However, the constant praise of her makes her into a rather one dimensional marble goddess rather than fleshing out an entirely intrigui...
I am extremely glad I read this book, but I can give it no more than three stars. I will explain, in the hope that other prospective readers can accurately determine if this book will fit the bill for them.Are you curious about the history of Joan of Arc? Are you interested in an accurate and detail...