Summer Reading Book #15: “Puddinhead Wilson”

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““Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.”

My 15th summer reading book is one I had to read for actual assigned summer reading: Puddin’head Wilson by Mark Twain. This book was hilarious! I couldn’t put it down, and I couldn’t stop laughing out loud. It was also full of strange characters. It’s short, satirical book that deals with sensitive race issues with irreverent acuteness.

I don’t really want to write much about the plot because the book is so short that a synopsis might be a spoiler for some people. Just know that the book is not necessarily entirely about Puddin’head Wilson. The cast of characters is diverse and diverting, the story is interesting, and the book itself is full of unforgettable quotes. I would recommend this book to anyone as a Mark Twain first read. My first Twain book was Huckleberry Finn, and I wish it hadn’t been, because this smaller book helped me to get a better feel for Twain’s style that would have been helpful in navigating through the many vignettes of HF.

Have you ever read this book? How about anything else by Mark Twain? Any favorites or horror stories? Comment below and as always, Happy Reading!

Love Regina, the Pensive Ponderer.


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