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Nicely printed on laid paper. Published in the same year as the U. Boston Book Company Published: A beautifully produced exact facsimile of the original first edition. In conjunction with the Mark Twain Circle of America. Plain Tales Books Published: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Annotated: Volume 1 Mark Twain Volume 2 Mark Twain Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Find Rare Books Book Value. Sign up to receive offers and updates: I abhor war, yet I have a weird?

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.

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: If we still have faith in ourselves, we can't be undermined by psychological and physical torture.


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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: 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. Oct 13, Chrissie rated it liked it Shelves: 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: 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!

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

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.

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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. A Novel of Joan of Arc , but I will tackle them too. 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. 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. It's the book in which Twain confronts racism and first proclaims that a white boy can have a black, escaped slave as a father figure.

Twain confronted much of his America's foolishness in the raft trip down the river. He also at the end provided an easy answer: Jim was not an escaped slave after all, he'd been freed. Tom Sawyer could fix things without telling this. Perhaps one shouldn't criticize Twain for lov As Americans, we are required to consider "Huckleberry Finn" to be Twain's best work.

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Perhaps one shouldn't criticize Twain for loving a character based on himself, much less for writing his own vision. Huck was brave enough to decide that he would aid Jim in escape. Twain delivered that decision without consequences. His "Joan of Arc" cannot be so delivered. He had a history book to follow. With no such option, twain focused on the humanity behind the story -- a humanity he so often despised. He begins with a story about the destruction of fairies by the adults of the village. He is already symbolically foreshadowing the tragedy of Joan's life.

For doing what is right, for daring to be great, she must be destroyed. Twain wrote this story to criticize humanity at its worst. At the same time, he allows us through his narrator to love humanity at its best. He decries ignorance through his writing, as he always does. You have almost certainly read Huckleberry Finn, and perhaps Tom Sawyer. If you want to find out why Twain was truly great, look at some of his other novels and stories, and especially "Joan of Arc.

May 18, Jenny rated it it was amazing. After 12 years of research, the famous Mark Twain beautifully set down the story of Joan of Arc in a way that only a master storyteller could. What an amazing young woman she was! She was soft and humble as only a young person could be, and yet she had the courage and strength of a lioness. She could lead a charge into combat and then, after winning, comfort a dying enemy in her arms. That was the kind of woman that she was.

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Despite being called to a "man's work," she kept her femininity ever pre After 12 years of research, the famous Mark Twain beautifully set down the story of Joan of Arc in a way that only a master storyteller could. Despite being called to a "man's work," she kept her femininity ever present encouraging her soldiers to piety, showing compassion to those she battled, and always guarding her virtue.

She listened to the voice of the Spirit and looked at others with what Twain called the "Seeing Eye. This gift of discernment is so important and something that we should work to develop. Joan reminds me of Marina in Shakespeare's Pericles. Both Joan and Marina could see past the outside past the bad behaviors and see the potential. And others always rise to the occasion when someone has faith in them. What if we always looked at our family members with the Seeing Eye? It would create such a change in our relationships. Rather than being annoyed with the kids' squabbles or irritated by a spouse's forgetfulness, we would champion those we love.

We would cheer and uplift them and help them see their true identity--the person that they have always been and the person that they are meant to become. What if we could look at ourselves with the Seeing Eye? There would no more comparing the worst of ourselves to the best of others. No more worrying about weight or intelligence or coolness. Experiencing the quiet strength and security that comes from understanding our true nature and identity would allow us to go forth creating a better world through service and compassion.

When the year-old Joan of Arc was tried by the Church court for heresy, she courageously resisted all the snares set for her by the priests and lawyers. Despite digging into her past hoping to find proof with which to accuse her, they were daunted at every turn by her spotless reputation. He claimed to be her supporter and being a priest, he offered to officiate for her in the Sacrament of Penance.


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  • Having been denied the rites of the Church for so long, she eagerly poured her soul out to him in sacred confession, not realizing that the confidentiality she expected from the clergy had been breached. Her accusers listened in on every detail. Twice during her trials, Loyseleur thus dealt falsely with Joan. Later, when they could not get Joan to admit to the crimes of heresy, Loyseleur was one of the churchmen to vote for using torture to exact an admission of guilt. After the illegal series of trials concluded, Joan was finally sentenced to die.

    On the day of her punishment, she came forth to bravely confront death. Loyseleur frantically raced through the crowd and threw himself on his knees crying for her forgiveness. And she had no word of reproach for this poor wretch who had wrought day and night with deceits and treacheries and hypocrisies to betray her to her death. She listened with spiritual ears, she saw with spiritual eyes, and she acted with spiritual strength. All young women should read this book as an example of the strength of femininity. In valiantly doing what she was called to do, she became a shining example of womanhood, charity and love.

    At the age of seventeen she asked to have her own men at war and be sent to the king, or the Dauphin. She was denied the first time she asked and she then went a second time and she received the help of two knights. She was sent before the king and she gave him a sign, yet she was still sent before a jury of judges and priests to perceive if she was sane or a heretic. She passes with flying colors. The king named her Commander in Chief and sent her to battle the English.

    In the space of only three months she made more progress than the French had in 96 years. She was wounded in two of the battles, yet was stalwart until the end. She was captured by the English in May of and was imprisoned until May of , at which time she faced five trials to determine if she was a witch. She received no aid from the French, faced the trials on her own and yet she was tricked into signing a paper which she knew nothing of what was written upon it.

    In the end Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, innocent as she was. She was later retried and proven innocent 24 years later, she is now revered as a saint in the Catholic church. She is a Woman of God, pure and innocent. This is a must read. Jul 24, Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it Shelves: So many people are unaware that Mark Twain wrote about Joan of Arc, yet this is one of the most thoughtful and charming of books, part historical novel and part loving biography. I join many others at goodreads in recommending this book as an outstanding read and a wonderful introduction to a fascinating period of history.

    I had no idea that Mark Twain had written a book about Joan of Arc, and I happened to stumble across this book and I'm very glad I did. Conte tells this fascinating story and is an excellent narrator, starting with Joan as a young gir I had no idea that Mark Twain had written a book about Joan of Arc, and I happened to stumble across this book and I'm very glad I did.

    Conte tells this fascinating story and is an excellent narrator, starting with Joan as a young girl, then becoming her page, and standing by her side through her capture by the English and her very infamous trial where she was burned at the stake as a relapsed heretic. For such a short life, she accomplished so much and her life was very impactful in the grand scheme of history. Joan was only 17 years old when she valiantly lead the French army against the English in the battles of Orleans' and Pate'.

    In my limited reading of history, I keep thinking about "what-ifs". What if Joan hadn't risen from her very humble and modest origins to effectively become the savior of France and drive the English out of France? What if she had immediately been killed by the English? Europe as we know it today would be very much different, and France would have been absorbed into the Kingdom of England. It boggles my mind how Joan accomplished so much and was so effective at such a young age.

    The primary take away I got from this story is that Joan of Arc seemed to have a very similar story to Jesus Christ. There are so many parallels and I have to parse through fact and fiction or dramatic exaggeration that I'm sure were used to enhance the story, but she was seen as being the daughter of God and Divine by her contemporaries and probably by herself. Joan of Arc's story is so fascinating and impractical that it is hard for me to believe it is true. This book tells her unbelievable story very well, and I highly recommend it.

    I also recommend this LibriVox audiobook, it is free, and the reader was really great. I'd already read a book on Joan in preparation for a trip to France, but a friend happened to mention this literally in the eleventh hour, so I took it with me. I always hated Twain's Finn and Sawyer, but curiously seemed to enjoy his Connecticut Yankee much more.

    Perhaps he should have stuck with historical fiction. This, his labor of love, stands out in more ways than one. Having actually looked long and hard into the obscure trial proceedings, Twain brought them to life I'd already read a book on Joan in preparation for a trip to France, but a friend happened to mention this literally in the eleventh hour, so I took it with me.

    Having actually looked long and hard into the obscure trial proceedings, Twain brought them to life with a respect and angle others haven't approached. Return me to God, from whom I came. It's a remarkable one, worthy of investigation. This remarkable woman, rather after my own heart and in the remainder of this sentence, I'm not saying her near perfection of certain of my ideals is in any way suggestive that I approach her level , had never sworn ; extended mercies like Captain Moroni such as on , and didn't like to shed blood; defied her age in offering that to which Mormon is an exception preface page quotation from Louis Kossuth: Yet she herself would, following a year of harsh captivity and interrogation, betrayed by those who owed her the most, only find deliverance in the fire of martyrdom.

    What Twain offers is a lively pretended first person eyewitness account to Joan's life. Its sympathies are not undue, nor is its praise exaggerated. Read it, and be moved. Historical research, conducted by some so impartially or skeptically as to practically be hostile, confirms that aspect which also holds true of Joseph Smith's life: Her character could "be measured by the standards of all times without misgiving or apprehension as to the result. Judged by any of them, it is still flawless" xi.

    Those who have questioned the rightness of military action in any time or capacity often judge it by the unfortunate character of certain actors therein, or whatever color or interpretation can be given as to causes for entry. Just as Twain could comment on Joan's unselfishness xii , exemplified in her merely seeking tax exemption for her hometown when offered a request by the king, Elder Maxwell has spoken of genuine leadership in times of crisis: The Indispensable Man [], xvi.

    Power is most safe with those, like Washington, who are not in love with it! Joan often expressed that she'd rather be at home weaving or keeping sheep but, with Joseph Smith-like alacrity, she knew whatever God commanded was right; also similar to Captain Moroni's day, she begged the English to simply go home and remove the necessity for conflict--but she was perfectly willing to bring it to them rather than leave her people in the dust. Nov 27, Terrence rated it it was amazing. It is unbelievable that after all the years of school through completing two masters degrees, I never heard of this work by Mark Twain AKA Samuel Clemens until I found it on the shelves of a religious bookstore in Emmitsburg, MD on a pilgrimage to visit the shrine of St.

    And yet, Mark Twain wrote that he considered Joan of Arc the best of all his books, "twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. Please note that Mark Twain placed on the page preceding his dedication of the book to his wife this quote from Louis Kossuth, a Hungarian freedom fighter of the 18th Century: Since the writing of human history began, Joan of Arc is the only person of either sex, who has ever held supreme command of the military forces of a nation at the age of seventeen. Of all the reviews, please refer to Jenny's review inserted 18 May She captured the very essence of what any reader should draw from reading this book.

    Here is link St. Joan, ora pro nobis. Mar 13, Randolph rated it did not like it Shelves: This is the only book out of thousands that I have ever abandoned and never come back to. It is so dull and plodding that I just could not pay attention to it. I tried the audio book and just could not concentrate on it. Then I tried to read it with a similar result; I would go through pages and not retain a thing due to its dilatory pace.

    Maybe it gets better but I have a better use for my time. Twain considered it his best book? Mark Twain faithfully captures the history in novel form. As far as I can tell every event and biographical detail was accurate to history. If Joan comes across as a bit two dimensional, that is because Twain was constrained to follow the history or he would have had to invent human failings for her, and that would have come across as trite since we know that those failings were not documented. But more important, I believe Twain intentionally strove to idealize Joan because it suited his artistic purposes.

    The deeper you get into the novel, the more Twain is bitter with the treachery Joan suffered. Twain really is in love with Joan of Arc because she transcended human malice and corruption. Reading the last part of the book was difficult. It was like watching train wreck where the disaster is unavoidable. I have nothing but contempt for Cauchon the chief prosecutor and those that participated in the farce. They wanted this poor young lady burnt and they lied and deceived her without an ounce of pity or shame. I pray that Joan received some justice in eternity.

    Twain did a masterful job with the ending. Reading through the novel, Joan of Arc became very dear to me. I gave this novel a solid four stars. There is much available on the internet. The novel also got better as it went along, as Joan became more separated from the historical events and placed in a confrontational trial setting where her personality was able to be more fully developed.

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    Nonetheless his themes of the virtues of a natural, simple person faced against the corrupted society are there. Classics readers, history readers, people interested in Joan of Arc, Twain fans. It is tragic for its obvious conclusion, but it is more tragic for all the build of her journey and the people around her. One of her hangers-on, the Paladin, is funny in a comic-relief sort of way, and his life culminates in a great scene that serves as a commentary on the nature of oral storytelling. A person well-worth a great author.

    Aug 01, Jodi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautifully written and historically accurate depiction of the now Saint Joan of Arc. Twain was meticulous with his research, taking twelve years, with another two to write the story. Twain is clearly mesmerized with his subject, repeatedly touching on her youth, intellect, beauty, and impeccable character.

    It was fascinating to read about this incredible woman, who had no education she couldn't read or write yet she was able to conduct complex military operations. She was diminutive in size, Beautifully written and historically accurate depiction of the now Saint Joan of Arc. She was diminutive in size, yet led her troops to battle.

    She was treated horrifically during her imprisonment and multiple trials.

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