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Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings (Perennial Classics) (original: 1962; edição: 2004)

de Mark Twain

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"I have told you nothing about man that is not true." You must pardon me if I repeat that remark now and then in these letters; I want you to take seriously the things I am telling you, and I feel that if I were in your place and you in mine, I should need that reminder from time to time, to keep my credulity from flagging. In Letters from the Earth, Twain presents himself as the Father of History -- reviewing and interpreting events from the Garden of Eden through the Fall and the Flood, translating the papers of Adam and his descendants through the generations. First published fifty years after his death, this eclectic collection is vintage Twain: sharp, witty, imaginative, complex, and wildly funny.… (mais)
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Título:Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings (Perennial Classics)
Autores:Mark Twain
Informação:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2004), Paperback, 336 pages
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Letters from the Earth de Mark Twain (1962)

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    The Antichrist de Friedrich Nietzsche (Waldheri)
    Waldheri: Similar because: both anti-religious writings, concentrating on Christianity, of which both contend their unnatural doctrines. Both have humour and readable in one sitting.
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Nearing the end of Mark Twain's life, he wrote a series of humorous essays on Judeo-Christian theology, including [book:The Diaries of Adam and Eve|108202] and Letters from Earth, which were posthumously published. In the book Satan, who still resides with the rest of the heavenly hosts, takes a trip to Earth. This book consists of eleven letters he writes back to archangels Gabriel and Michael with his thoughts on humanity, Judeo-Christian scripture and morality. When Mark Twain wrote these essays, he was deeply in debt, had just lost his wife and one of his daughters; therefore, one can imagine that he might be despondent.

I believe, like many, Twain was trying to understand a God who would allow evil to exist and to reconcile the divinity as portrayed in the Old Testament with that in the New Testament. Regarding the day of worship, Twain states:

To forty-nine in fifty, the Sabbath Day is a dreary, dreary bore...The gladdened moment for all of them is when the preacher uplifts his hands for the benediction. You can hear the soft rustle of relief that sweeps the house, and you recognize that is its eloquent with gratitude.

Later, Twain quips regarding the inconsistency between one of the Ten Commandments and God's campaign against the Moabites through Moses:

...it was God himself who said: "Thou shalt not kill." Then it is plain that he cannot keep his own commandments.

Both C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain were atheists at one time or another. C.S. Lewis became an apologist (defender) of the Christian faith while evidently Mark Twain, even those he was buried in a Presbyterian cemetery, never renounced his atheism.

Whether you are an atheist or a Christian, there is something for all in this short novel. For example, Mark Twain's retelling of Noah and the great flood had me chuckling. If you are easily offended with someone outlining some of the inconsistencies in Holy Scripture, you might want to skip this book. ( )
  John_Warner | Dec 28, 2020 |
I found this book when I was looking for a copy of The Diaries of Adam and Eve, as this posthumous collection covers some similar ground. It incorporates biblical “memoirs”, other criticism, letters, and a section titled “The Damned Human Race”. I read much of the book while riding various trains, although boats might have been more appropriate.

More complete review here. ( )
  neilneil | Dec 7, 2020 |
Twain has the best twisted sense of humor. I absolutely love the sarcasm and cynicism. Not to mention how many authors can do both male and female characters and nail both acurately ( )
  ISCCSandy | Apr 9, 2019 |
Twain has the best twisted sense of humor. I absolutely love the sarcasm and cynicism. Not to mention how many authors can do both male and female characters and nail both acurately ( )
  ISCCSandy | Apr 9, 2019 |
That was strange. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
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"I have told you nothing about man that is not true." You must pardon me if I repeat that remark now and then in these letters; I want you to take seriously the things I am telling you, and I feel that if I were in your place and you in mine, I should need that reminder from time to time, to keep my credulity from flagging. In Letters from the Earth, Twain presents himself as the Father of History -- reviewing and interpreting events from the Garden of Eden through the Fall and the Flood, translating the papers of Adam and his descendants through the generations. First published fifty years after his death, this eclectic collection is vintage Twain: sharp, witty, imaginative, complex, and wildly funny.

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