Mark Twain’s “Mysterious Stranger”

Mark Twain… oh how incredibly opinionated he must’ve been! (He and I share at least this in common.)

I found his writing to be irritating and seductive because I didn’t like this story but I couldn’t stop reading it! He makes it seem as if it is going to be some sort of fanciful romance when, in fact, it turns out to be about a boy’s dawning – Solomon like – realization that life is meaningless. (Although, sadly, the boy doesn’t have Solomon’s realization of God’s goodness and sovereignty.) The book ends rather abruptly in a wistful annihilationism for all regardless of belief.

I’m quite certain that the creators of the The Adjustment Bureau read this book, because in the same fashion they try to portray and distort our views of what is good and what is bad.

I admittedly will read more Mark Twain because he writes unabashedly and I like that. Even though I have the 1916 edition, as shown to the right, I wouldn’t just recommend this book to anyone, as it isn’t a good story and it is more disturbing than thought provoking.





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