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The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873)

por Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner

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First published in 1873, The Gilded Age is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America-an age of corruption when crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers, and dishonest politicians voraciously took advantage of the nation's peacetime optimism. With his characteristic wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust, and naivete of their own time in a work which endures as a valuable social document and one of America's most important satirical novels.… (mais)
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This book made me sad. It's the first Twain that I haven't picked up with delight and looked forward to reading. Instead, I picked it up thinking, "I can't wait until I'm done with this one."

That's not how you should feel about a book unless it's Henry James. Then it's okay because that man could make a three word sentence last for three pages.

I suspect that the parts I disliked were written by the co-author as others seem to indicate. I can't imagine Twain being as wagless as the passages indicate. The words show that humor is attempted, but fails. Not my Twain.

I was amused by how much things remain the same in American politics. Some things never change. And I become more and more cynical for it. ( )
  authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
A very curious novel. Although it is quite aged, it is still a worthwhile one that entails a mighty adventure through various states, situations, and circumstances. I was quite thrilled by certain passages and the train of events was constructed with ardent structure and precision. For those interested in Mark Twain or American literature, this is one you should read.

3 stars. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Mar 22, 2020 |
Want to see politicians stealing? Businessmen hustling bad debt? Bankruptcies galore? Twain lived this in the Gilded Age (NOT the golden--only had the sham of glitter). Remind you of today?

The poor had their eyes lit from above (from the tall mansions), trying to make it with one big deal. The rich wereraking it in. The cash cow government lead the country into a new technological age (Railroads), lining politcos pockets. Speculators drove at full speed before any tracks were laid. Note: The only decent people in Twain are women, but only a few qualify. Men are all brick-head ignorant and far beyond hope.
Finally--the book is more narrative than bite, but a good, old-time-scoundrel read. ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
Despite the dated language and caricatures, the subtitle "a Tale of Today" still seems true. Greed and avarice still abound (Wolf of Wall Street, anyone?). What little actual legislating that occurs in congress is done with much back room dealing and there are undoubtedly members whose votes are for sale in some fashion. So the mid-nineteenth century doesn't differ much from the early twenty-first. That's the shame of it.

Makes me wonder what sort of tale Twain might spin if he were alive today. ( )
  TerryLewis | Jun 12, 2017 |
1883 First U.K. edition, with a new Preface by Mark Twain written in 1873, the year of the first American edition - it took ten years for this edition to appear. Octavo. pp xxvii, 481, [2] adverts. 212 illustrations. Red pictorial cloth stamped in black, lettered in gilt. A satire on the greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America, in the era now referred to as "the Gilded Age". Twain's collaborator was a neighbor and friend; they were challenged over dinner by their wives to write a novel together, one that was an improvement on the standard fare.
  lazysky | May 3, 2017 |
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Twain, Markautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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Church, RichardIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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First published in 1873, The Gilded Age is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America-an age of corruption when crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers, and dishonest politicians voraciously took advantage of the nation's peacetime optimism. With his characteristic wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust, and naivete of their own time in a work which endures as a valuable social document and one of America's most important satirical novels.

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