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Mark Twain. This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Why buy our paperbacks? From the Back Cover : Twin's serious, impassioned, meticulously researched story about a compelling heroine, the Maid of Orleans. Buy New View Book. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Search for all books with this author and title. As already mentioned in numerous other reviews, Twain's deep fascination with and affection for Joan of Arc shines through the entire novel. It's been pointed out that in writing this book, the author made a deliberate departure from his well-known comedic style, as he wanted readers to take it seriously.
Be that as it may, I find that his innate sense of humor is all too readily discernible. Joan's story is without question a compelling and poignant one. The fact that an illiterate teenage French peasant girl was able to make such a stunning impact on late middle-ages history of France and England, more specifically on the outcome of the infamous Hundred Years' War, is reason enough for history lovers to read this important account of her humble and glorious life.
As with many historical novels set around this period in Europe, religion plays an important part in the factual details and plot twists. In the case of Joan of Arc's story, this passage can best describe how some French Catholic priests, in depraved conspiracy with the English nobility, have a hand in deciding her tragic fate: The Church was being used as a blind, a disguise; and for a forcible reason: the Church was not only able to take the life of Joan of Arc, but to blight her influence and the valor-breeding inspiration of her name, whereas the English power could but kill her body; that would not diminish or destroy the influence of her name; it would magnify it and make it permanent.
If the Church could be brought to take her life, or to proclaim her an idolater, a heretic, a witch, sent from Satan, not from Heaven, it was believed that the English supremacy could be at once reinstated. View all 11 comments.
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First it is a novel—as opposed to a straight biography—albeit very extensively researched and with great attention to detail. It is told from the perspective of a fictional character, Louis de Conte, a childhood friend, and deeply devoted companion to Joan through her short life. De Conte loves Joan We are assured from the beginning by the Translator that De Conte is a reliable narrator and indeed his devotion to Joan, omnipresence, storytelling ability, and humorous interludes more than endear him as the spokesperson.
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One thing, however, surprised me. Twain was after all an American, and meaning no disrespect to my own countrymen as a whole, but are we especially well-versed in royal etiquette? Read on. But that was for only a moment — though a moment is a notable something when it stops the heartbeat of twenty thousand people and makes them catch their breath. In , Napoleon Bonaparte departed from this tradition—along with many others—in crowning himself. But this was still Although a long book, Joan of Arc seemed to leave me wanting to know more about Joan rather than feeling satisfied.
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This is my new book to listen to while I exercise. I have had the audio forever and have no idea why it has taken me so long to get around to reading it. View all 38 comments. Why had I never heard of this book? I was an English major! I read lots and lots of lesser books in college and no one even breathed a hint that this book existed. Thankfully, I saw it on a friend's bookshelf, and decided to read it myself. About this book, Twain said: "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well.
The others need no preparation and got none. It is very different from the other Twain that I have read; it is free of humor and of biting satire. The nearest I can say is that it is like a love song. Twain's Joan is kind, gentle, true, patriotic, devout, humble, compassionate, courageous.
Reading this book makes me want to meet her, and more, it makes me want to be like her. View all 6 comments. I enjoyed this book for the mere fact that I did not really know anything about Joan of Arc. I found the story intriguing and even touching at times. Does he know how to deal with that mob of roaring devils? Better than any man that lives; for he is the head devil of this world his own self, he is the match of the whole of them combined, and probably the father of most of them.
It is obvious throughout the book that he loved Joan and this narrative was his tribute to her life. It was almost like a love letter in some instances with the language he used to describe her virtues and presence. I was taken in as well by her story of unflagging belief, compassion, confidence and courage in the achievement of her spiritual mission.
She was an archetype of Christ and other spiritual leaders who were martyred for their cause. In a recent article by Daniel Crown dated April 3, , he writes: "The book has puzzled critics for over a century. Susan K.
So he writes a book about a French-Catholic-martyr? With one calculated stroke they left Mark Twain, author and noted quipster, speechless. The writer had just risen to address the group. As he began to speak, a girl emerged from the back of the room. Her hair was cropped just below her ears; her face was angular but radiant. Underneath a ceremonial white robe, she wore the armor of a 15th-century French soldier.
With eyes fixed on the author, she glided up the aisle between the tables carrying a laurel wreath atop a satin pillow. His eyes fairly started out of his head, his hand gripped the edge of the table.
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
He remained silent until the model exited the room. When the writer finally spoke, he did so slowly, carefully. I studied that girl, Joan of Arc, for twelve years, and it never seemed to me that the artists and the writers gave us a true picture of her. They drew a picture of a peasant. Her dress was that of a peasant. But they always missed the face — the divine soul, the pure character, the supreme woman, the wonderful girl. She was only 18 years old, but put into a breast like hers a heart like hers and I think, gentlemen, you would have a girl — like that. Contrasted with the treachery and evil of her time, she was an amazing young woman who embodied all that is good about humanity.
It was a privilege to have known her and feel of her spirit through the eyes of S ieur L ouis de C onte aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Recommended to Poet Gentleness by: Giovanna, my youngest daughter. Shelves: classics , beauties. My trust in people has been shattered during the last years. I have serious issues with faith and god, because many times I have wondered what I could have possibly done so wrong to deserve certain things that have happened to me.
But I digress. How could a teenager, b "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. How could a teenager, barely a woman, have won so many battles against powerful and knowledgeable English generals, in a few weeks, when they had dominated France for almost a century? Also, I happened to know well almost all the paths where her battles happened, having even lived and studied in Reims, in , and visited its cathedral. I traveled up and down the LOIRE VALLEY three times, in comfortable cars, sleeping in posh hotels and enjoying the region's scrumptious meals and superb wines as I learned in bits and pieces of her campaigns and doubted the reality of it.
It seemed an impossible feat. In England, I could have believed it was done on purpose, but in France? It is also unbelievable that after all my years of traveling, living, studying abroad and being an avid reader, I'd never heard about this work by Mark Twain probably because he is American. A pity my husband was not very interested in visiting it. She was young for it, eleven y-old at that time, but as she had seen a film and had fell in love with Jeanne, she asked me to read it and tell her the story. In my hectic and chaotic life, I forgot about it.
Last month, I was diagnosed with a serious allergy to tablets' and computers' glare, so I had to go back to paperbacks. I stumbled upon it last week, many months after Giovanna received it. The first shock came from knowing it was written by The Mark Twain. I must confess to my undying shame: I had never read anything by Twain. Well, I will never know, but disappointment has never crossed my mind while reading 'Recollections'.
Much on the opposite. In his autobiography, Twain says that "Recollections" is, without a doubt, his best work, and yet, the readers - and critics - shunned it. He poured in this book all his passion for an incredible, un? This books is powerful - and painful, sad even. It is not fast-paced, but it details and recounts battles, victories, defeats and utmost betrayal; her sadness of being not believed, her ultimate demise in a poignant and brilliant style.
It is one of the finest books I have ever read. I couldn't put it down and I read it in two seatings life demanded a break to attend to my family and daily problems. Arrogance and self-awareness only bring pain and hurt others. Jeanned defied? Her ethos was incorruptible and her purposes to be the servant of something bigger - god, visions, voices, her own insanity? She stayed an unwavering believer throughout all the hardship of a gruesome war and imaginable torture to come, never once faltering. I knew how Joan of Arc's life ended, and I began to fear how Twain's prose would address the horror of La Pucelle 's demise.
But I shouldn't have. Twain handled it masterfully, of course, by addressing the feelings of her only two remaining young friends, who followed her, still harboring hope that those she dedicated her whole short life would, at that last moment, save her. But royal politics, intrigues, and a coward minister, in fear of being surpassed by that intelligent and pure girl, got in the way.
All the two friends could offer her was a small comfort in her last moments, due to strict and mean position of a greed man of cloth view spoiler [mean, sadist, and only interested only in achieving more power to himself, which he thankfully was never granted hide spoiler ]. In the end, all said and done, Joan's story again proved to me: we are born alone, we live alone and we died alone. If we still have faith in ourselves, we can't be undermined by psychological and physical torture. What touched me in the deepest way was the inevitable web that held her trapped, spun around her by those who were supposed to be her friends, view spoiler [and then deserting her, even those she put her trust on, even the king she returned to his throne hide spoiler ] and how almost everyone stood aloofly, selfishly expecting her to pay dearly with her life for what she had done for their and her country's benefits.
She could have stayed in her small country city, enjoying the simple pleasures of being a happy teenager in the cusp of womanhood, stitching and helping her mother. Such was her devotion that a few of her English enemies took pity on her. Before I finish, I must quote a passage that has been haunting me for a few nights after a recently calamity befell me.
Of course I had been expecting such news every day for many days; but no matter, the shock of it almost took my breath away and set me trembling like a leaf. I suppose that without knowing it I had been half imagining that at the last moment something would happen, something that would stop this fatal trial: maybe that La Hire would burst in at the gates with his hellions at his back; maybe that God would have pity and stretch forth His mighty hand. But now—now there was no hope.
My image of Jeanne is now this: Mine is an inept review of this outstanding workmanship. It's brilliant, masterfully written, sad, real… Read it. Rio de Janeiro, July I came across this interesting article. It's worth reading! Oct 13, Chrissie rated it liked it Shelves: great-britain , history , france , bio , audible.
I am extremely glad I read this book, but I can give it no more than three stars. I will explain, in the hope that other prospective readers can accurately determine if this book will fit the bill for them. Are you curious about the history of Joan of Arc? Are you interested in an accurate and detailed exposition? In such a case this book is for you.
Although a book of historical fiction, it is accurate and detailed and well researched. Mark Twain considered this his best opus. I think I would ag I am extremely glad I read this book, but I can give it no more than three stars. I think I would agree. This friend was there too, throughout all the events: battles, incarceration and court proceedings. What is fictional are his personal thoughts about Joan and his musings over the historical happenings. He clearly admired Joan; this shines through. I am convinced I have been given a correct recount.
To enjoy this book you must be interested and curious about history! It is a book about history. It is a book about the politics and machinations of the English and the French the plebeians and the Burgundians; it is a book about the controversy over religious beliefs. The setting is primarily northern France, and the time is the s and 30s. When you close the covers of the book, you will understand in detail what has happened. I promise you that. However the prose, the philosophical musings of Louis de Conte are repetitive and tedious.
The language fits those times, not ours. The book was first published in , and the language is of those times. It is also hard to empathize with the characters. The detailed events make the story long and yet still only at the very, very end was I emotionally moved, exasperated by what happened to her. Only at the very end was I mad and furious and frustrated and felt like punching someone.
Mark Twain was not a Catholic, and I am not even religious, so it is hard for me to believe in prophesies and religious incarnations. I was up against a wall; I could not believe; I just listened.
Aha, that prophesy came true too! I read of it and thought it must have been so, but I cannot understand because I am not a believer. I just put it down to history and say that again real history is stranger than fiction. If you prefer a book of historical fiction that is more fictional than factual, then perhaps choose other books. I know the history now so I am a bit hesitant.
I believe I will be annoyed if the fictional takes precedence over fact. I tend to want the truth….. Let me add, the book is not devoid of humor. Although dated, some of the lines of the dialog will surely have you laughing. I listened to the audio version narrated by Michael Anthony. Even the pronunciation of the city of Rouen was off. Please, if a book takes place in France, the French must be correct. Michael should have taken a course on French pronunciation! I am very glad I read the book because I now understand the history of Joan of Arc.
I prefer fact over fiction, but the passage was tedious. But it is nice that it is over. Deed accomplished :0!!! View all 8 comments. Apr 28, Gregory Lee rated it really liked it. As Americans, we are required to consider "Huckleberry Finn" to be Twain's best work.