So, this week we are going to start reading Mark Twain’s Humorous Stories and Sketches. Mark Twain is best known for writing the beloved novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I am reading them to the girls right now; between his writing style and the antics of these ornery boys, my girls love the stories.
I am so excited to read some of his stories with you! Mark Twain cracks me up and makes me smile! If I was at a wedding reception, and Mark Twain was a guest, I would want to sit right next to him so that I could laugh at all the things he would say, all evening long. He would give back handed compliments. He would make witty remarks. He would be so delightful. I would just be afraid to speak, lest I give him an opportunity to joke about me!!! LOL.
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” –Mark Twain 🙂
Mark Twain’s humor is smart, it is witty, and it is dry.
1.) Check out the Mark Twain Bio—FYI, Mark Twain’s real name is Samuel Clemens. Please click on the link to biography channels bio on his life, read the information and watch the short video 🙂
2.) Read the stories I am assigning you this week, and leave a comment for each one.
The Notgrass curriculum doesn’t start these stories until next week, but I don’t want you to have to read the whole book in one week, so this week we will read some of the stories, and next week we will read the rest.
This Weeks Stories:
- “About Barbers” Pg. 13-15
- “The Stolen White Elephant” pg 21-39
- “The Private History of a Campaign that Failed” pg. 40-58
Please leave a comment after each story 🙂 I want to see what you think. Next week we will read the rest of the stories. I am delighted.
“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.” —Mark Twain
Also, please go and read some of his quotes and also leave a comment below telling me which one you liked best. I am sure you will enjoy his more than most we have looked at this year.
Fun Fact: Ray Comfort Is Interested In Mark Twain? yes!
What I find interesting is that Ray Comfort recently published a book about Mark Twain’s spiritual beliefs and apparent atheism. I kind of wonder why? I mean, Ray Comfort is a busy man!!! He writes books about evangelism; he spends all of his time sharing his faith with unbelievers. Why would he spend years studying, then many months writing a book about a famous literary figure? Does he have some admiration or affection for Mark Twain? I am so intrigued; I am quite thrilled! Did you notice that semicolon? Ray Comfort thought this was important work. I do too!!! Especially since many atheists use Mark Twain’s quotes to back up their beliefs. I am so interested to read this book.
Here is the description:
From the pages of a long-hidden manuscript written by a man filled with disappointment and anger, you will discover the truth about Mark Twain’s embittered battle with God!
- Evidence in his work that proves he wasn’t an atheist
- Selections from his letters and popular works that reveal his confused faith
- Perspectives from Twain on God that echo modern criticism and doubts.
Twain was a very popular and gifted speaker with a carefully cultivated image. Few knew he secretly wrote a manuscript complaining bitterly about the God of the Bible, citing hypocrisy and cruelties, like there would be no sex in heaven. Twain decided to have his book published 100 years after his death in the hope that society would then be open-minded enough to listen.
Ray Comfort searches through volumes of Twain’s writings to develop a comprehensive answer to this profound writer of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a man who suffered much. Discover Twain’s arguments with God and a powerful response that helps strengthen your faith and understanding of our loving Creator!
Anyways, have a good week. Enjoy your reading. I know I will 🙂
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
― Mark Twain