Pudd'nhead Wilson

Pudd'nhead Wilson

Large Print - 2000
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A young slave woman, fearing for her infant son's life, exchanges her light-skinned child with her master's. From this rather simple premise Mark Twain fashioned one of his most entertaining, funny, yet biting novels. On its surface, Pudd'nhead Wilson possesses all the elements of an engrossing nineteenth-century mystery: reversed identities, a horrible crime, an eccentric detective, a suspenseful courtroom drama, and a surprising solution. But, seething with the undercurrents of antebellum Southern culture, the book is a savage indictment in which society is the criminal and racial prejudice and slavery are the crimes.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, c2000.
ISBN: 9780783891477
Characteristics: 237 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.


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DBRL_KrisA Jan 22, 2019

Re-read for a second time for a reading project. Reading the Large Print version this time, because it's the only version our library has.

This short novel - particularly short for Twain, considering the size of his Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer - is one of Mark Twain's less-known books. It's still a good-un, with his characteristic dry humor and local Missouri flavor. His dialog for Roxy, the slave, is difficult to read at times, and his use of the "N word", though typical to the period, was jarring. But the lessons about how people were treated differently based on their perceived race are still useful in our "post-racial" society.

May 14, 2012

i have to say, I tried to get through it, but the slurs really bothered me and the book just wasn't good enough to compensate. It seems a little dated iin more ways than the vocab


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