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Not Dickens most famous work but all the elements of greatness are there.
Unforgettable characters, razor sharp insights into human nature and moments that will break your heart.
If you don't fall in love with little Florence and root for her you've got serious humanity issues.
I can't get enough of Dickens and this is a great book.
02/07/2012
This early effort from Twain should not be taken lightly. We are thoroughly entertained from start to finish and Twain's creative mind and his humor is as good as anything else he wrote.

While is wit is razor sharp his judgment however is not developed as in his later work. I've read most of Twain's work and I know he was not a racist. This book however comes off very racist as every culture he encounters is ridiculed.

There is an awful passage where he describes the deformed and handicapped of Constantinople that will make you cringe. Ignore these lapses in judgment (if you can).

This is otherwise a very fine work.
04/01/2011
"A satire of American values, the power of conformity, and the vacuity of American life." must have been a pretty radical idea in 1922 when this book was written. But we have seen this done so many times since in movies, book and plays that it feels very old and tired. It does have a great ending and the writing is top notch. I really felt for the characters.
12/14/2010
If they made you read this in High School and you hated it, read it again. It's a gripping story.

It's a very important book and it's lessons must never be forgotten.
12/01/2010
Very good reading.

Written in 1911 but feels very modern.
11/23/2010
Alexander Skikos - An Engaging Journey Through a Grim but Interesting Future
FEATURED AUTHOR - While studying political science and communications at Santa Clara University, Alex Skikos became fascinated with Americans’ different points of view from the far left to the extreme right, and the polarization of our society as the result. Creating a novel based on how he perceives the schism of such widespread and opposing divisions will one day play out, All Roads Lead to Nowhere points to a terrible future for not just the United States, but the entire planet. Most people see the world in a… Read more