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The Curious Republic of Gondour, and Other Whimsical Sketches

Mark Twain

Book Overview: 

As the title reveals, these stories are a collection of some of Mark Twain's more fanciful and eccentric works. They run the gamut from political commentary to our species' need to "be remembered" somehow. Taken as a whole the stories are "whimsical". Taken individually, they speak the truth in different ways.

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Community Reviews

Sometimes authors are placed under pressure to produce when the inspiration isn’t quite there. This thought crossed my mind while I was reading The Curious Republic of Gondor and other Whimsical Sketches by Mark Twain. These short stories and sketches were written in 1870-1871 for The Galaxy and The

The title is a great description, especially if you add the word "sarcastic". Very, very tongue in cheek.

Either it took me a while to get into this small collection of essays, or the first two were rubbish. Still, I got there in the end.

Strangely, at least to the best of my memory, this was to be my first encounter with Twain. The third piece switched me on, a somewhat ill-tempered attack on the folly

refreshing. you can hear the voice of huckleberry finn. startling, as well, pondering samson and suicide. laughed out loud, lots and long.

i'd seen "the curious republic of gondour" mentioned in another place, noticed the recommendation, and acquired it on this amazon kindle that the wife picked up