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By Mark Twain

ISBN-10: 0553211951

ISBN-13: 9780553211955

For deft plotting, riotous inventiveness, unforgettable characters, and language that brilliantly captures the vigorous rhythms of yank speech, no American author comes just about Mark Twain. This glowing anthology covers the full span of Twain’s inimitable yarn-spinning, from his early huge comedy to the biting satire of his later years.

Every one in all his sixty tales is right here: starting from the frontier humor of “The Celebrated leaping Frog of Calaveras County,” to the sour imaginative and prescient of humankind in “The guy That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” to the pleasant hilarity of “Is He residing or Is He Dead?” Surging with Twain’s ebullient wit and penetrating perception into the follies of human nature, this quantity is a colourful summation of the profession of–in the phrases of H. L. Mencken–“the father of our nationwide literature.”

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The men stamped their feet on the ground, making a cloud of dust. The men held the hands of a man who they surrounded that night. They threw him into the middle. They formed a circle around him. They thudded over the ground. They spun to the right. And to the left. He shrugged his shoulders threw his head up to the sky. He lifted his hand towards the star hovering over his head. In his soft voice, the drummer bellowed ‘The night’. Sweat poured from his body. He shrugged his shoulders and his head swayed, intoxicated by the voice of a woman who cried out to welcome him.

We will stay for the night near one of these houses,’ Atiyya bin al-Sarawi said. ‘We have dates, and some of us have wheat. The finest traveller is the Abdulaziz Mashri 33 one who brings his provisions along in unknown regions. ’ ‘Good deeds,’ said Atiyya bin al-Sarawi, ‘are in that which God chooses. If we were to leave it aside, there would be no blame upon us. ’ 2 They knocked on the door of the most outlying house in the village. They knocked calmly and with confidence, like one who had been guaranteed of the excellence of their night’s resting place.

Tea, coffee, cappuccino. I am the man whose voice is heard, I am, and the salon is a silent witness to what is said and what is not said. In these moments I find that culture has as many faces as there are types of drink, food and flattery. 22 New Voices of Arabia – The Short Stories I look for someone I really know. I do not find anyone. No one in the hall really knows anyone. I consider the salon … I find myself alone in front of a cup of bitter coffee. I drink down the bitterness. I give in to my feet; they carry me towards a door, opening onto the sun and the rain.

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