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Letters from the Earth
Mark Twain's Letters from the Earth is a brilliant and incredibly imaginative take on the story of the Bible itself. Starting with the creation of the Earth, Twain's fresh view on the most basic of Biblical doctrine is objectively approached from the perspective of one without any preconceived religious notions. Composed of prominent figures including Satan himself, the story weaves together a fresh, new slant on God and man. With his sharp wit, Twain examines Heaven and Earth, and characterizes humanity in such an acute manner, that what he purports unanticipatedly seems obvious. After reading this book, you will never look at the Bible or mankind the same.--Submitted by Janet Schmehl
"Letters from the Earth" was one of Mark Twain’s final assaults on the stupidity and hypocrisy of man and an apparently capricious and malevolent God. It lacks his customary humor and seems to be written in a tone of outrage. Satan goes to the earth and sends these letters to his friends, the archangels Gabriel and Michael. What he finds is a complete disconnect between professed belief and action. Twain turns accepted doctrines and smug platitudes on their heads to bolster his assertions. The Problem of Evil has troubled men since Sumerian times at the very latest. Twain holds God responsible for creating human nature the way it is and the 'thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to' as well, and the atrocities of his time are no worse than those sanctioned in the Bible. If the reader can keep an open mind, some interesting insights and disquieting thoughts might enter.--Submitted by Charles Steele
Dripping with sarcasm about religion, it would make Christopher Hitchens proud. Although, Mark Twain was much less rude than Hitchens, I suspect that Hitchens enjoyed this book as much as I did.--Submitted by Gerry Goldlist
This book changed my thoughts on everything I was ever taught. Amazing book.--Submitted by James Reynolds
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