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A man who loves to place bets acquires a remarkable frog, which he claims can outjump any other frog in the county....

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other Stories Reviews

  • Shaun
    2019-02-12 06:45

    I was going to give this a two-star rating, but reading several of the other reviews, it’s just clear to me that I didn’t like the book that much. I don’t think Twain’s humor is that funny, rarely evokes a smile much less a laugh, and his writing is dull and wordy. I lose track of what he’s trying to say and just can’t get into the stories he presents. I don’t see his appeal.As to this specific book, however, it is a very pretty book; I love every book in this series (Reader's Digest World's Best Reading). They're beautiful books!

  • Glenn Robinson
    2019-01-19 14:58

    A fun collection of short stories by Mark Twain ranging from a visit to Heaven, the life of a dog, to a contest to see if a homeless guy could survive if he only had a million dollar treasury check.

  • Michael Tildsley
    2019-02-13 15:05

    Other than the titular story and "The Bad Boy," I love every other work in this short, short volume. I am upset at myself for having put this one off for so long on my 'to-read' list. I was never huge on Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, so I assumed I would not like Twain's shorter works. Oh, how wrong I was!"Is He Living or Is He Dead?" is a fantastic little story of ingenuity that still holds up to this day. Without giving anything away, I can say that artists will always be starving for the sake of their art it would seem. Very poignant piece that strikes at the heart of what we call 'value.'"The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg" is a classic! It should be taught in schools. Maybe it is now, but it wasn't when I was coming up (and I went to 13 schools in various states, areas, and districts). I feel like Twain and Vonnegut would have gotten along and had much to say to each other over coffee while I read this piece. It is damning of human nature while also illuminating it. "A Fable" is the shortest piece in a short collection, but I would say it packs a punch for the Cat's Moral at the end. I don't want to give it away, but I wish I had had this story back when I was in college to use as ammunition against one of my more unpalatable and prideful professors, whose worldview and critical view were to be taken as canon, not opinion.

  • LeAnn
    2019-01-28 12:50

    So That's where the "Golden Arm" Ghost story comes from! Mark Twain explains how to tell the story to get the best reaction from your audience. This is a fun collection of some of Mark Twain's short stories. I have a copy that I found in my parent's home.

  • Mary Tuley
    2019-01-20 11:48

    All I really want is to go back in time and become Mark Twain's best friend.

  • Goddess of Chaos
    2019-02-03 12:13

    Mark Twain's sense of humor in displayI enjoy the wit, wisdom, and humor of Mark Twain, and was intrigued by the description mentioning his translating the celebrated jumping from of calevares county back out of French.From the first line it is clear the French translator has a different sense of humor, as he skips the first few paragraphs of the story, which set the stage for the tale, and contain some of the imagery and humor. It also means Simon Wheeler and the narrator are no longer two distinct separate characters, and some fun lines are missed, for instance: Simon Wheeler backed me into a corner and blockaded me there with his chair, and then sat down and reeled off the monotonous narrative which follows this paragraph.While I agree with the person who says you can get this story elsewhere, there evolution through the translations, and unsolicited editing, was an added but if humor.

  • Meredith
    2019-02-04 12:02

    I expected the story of the Celebrated Jumping Frog to go on a little further, mainly because I know there has been a movie/tv movie, a something that involved a whole community in a frog jumping contest. But that's what happens when modern media get a hold of an old story. What the story was was amusing, if in a far different way. The idea of whether or not when it comes to making bets if there are any rules to fair play. The tale of the many who has a million pound note is classic Twain satire about the nature of our assumptions around money. A man assumed to have money can have as much credit as he wants, can even make money without spending money. But a man who is assumed to not have money has to provide all their money and more up front - and usually be made to fail anyway. Not much has changed since Twain's time, has it? The last entry is Twain talking about the nature of humor and storytelling. Good insights.

  • Carl
    2019-01-28 08:52

    I enjoy Twain's prose and humor. Just like with his Old Ram story, he manages to make a ramble about nothing particularly humorous and entertaining.

  • Muhammad Yusuf
    2019-01-27 08:52

    Awesome. some stories from his book really funny, sad, etc. and also good illustrations. oh i really love "ed jackson meets cornelius vanderbilt"

  • Owen Townend
    2019-02-14 08:07

    I've always been aware of the fact that Twain is a great wit but only now, having read a mixture of his speeches, editorials and short stories, do I understand his significance to history.Though there is more non-fiction than was promised by the title, I nevertheless feel closer to the classic author's way of thinking and, more importantly, how he brandishes humour.This is often old-fashioned in its humility and sense of ceremony but I like to think that it is also part of Twain's natural patter before delivering the punchy punctual truth.He must have been an impressive if not truly memorable orator in his day.As for his fiction stories, I do hope there are more gripping examples out there: the ones in this collection vary in both impression and memorability. The best of these are clearly so because of his portrayal of everyday issues and experiences.Notable Stories• Punch, Brother, Punch - his musings on catchy jingles and earworms are still funny and relevant.• The Stolen White Elephant - it's not often that a mystery comedy is written so well in both aspects.• A Curious Dream - Twain raises a good point here about the inhospitality of unattended graves.

  • Dave
    2019-02-07 13:56

    How does one assign a rating to Mark Twain? One obvious possibility is to give them all his works five stars. It could easily be argued that they all deserve it. On the other hand, giving them all the same rating would make ratings useless as a comparison between his works. One could look at how Mark Twain would rate his own work, but in the case of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches”, published in May of 1867, it seems likely that Twain would have given it one star, given that he bought and destroyed all the plates for it. However, a one star rating would be a crime against literature and completely inappropriate for this collection. Ultimately, I can’t see giving this book a rating below three stars, which might appear a bit low, but it does leave appropriate room for higher ratings for those of his works which are superior to this one.The Oxford Mark Twain series is a wonderful collection. Each book is a facsimile of the first editions of his works (with a few noted exceptions), and the works are supplemented with a “Foreword” by the editor, an “Introduction” from a writer for whom the work had particular impact, and an “Afterword” from a scholar who examines the work in the context of the time and place in which it was written. The editor of the series is Shelley Fisher Fishkin, a professor of American Studies and English and an author of multiple books on Mark Twain. The “Introduction” in this volume is by Roy Blount Jr. and the “Afterword” by Richard Bucci.In the “Introduction” by Roy Blount Jr., he states that he believes this is Twain’s finest book. He indicates that the reason that this is true is because it is the only book which contains writings before Twain met the Honorable Anson Burlingame, and that without this book we wouldn’t have any of Twain’s later work. It is an interesting argument, but the last part doesn’t really hold up because none of the sketches were published here for the first time, and Mark Twain had developed a name for himself before this book was published and probably would have continued writing if it had never been published. That being said, the core of the argument, i.e. that these works were important for the development of Twain as a writer, is certainly valid. The “Introduction” as a whole is humorous at times, but overly long and while Blount makes a joke of the padding he included, it was excessive to my tastes.The original book is a collection of 27 sketches by Twain which were published in various newspapers around the country. In a couple of cases, the editor merged some of Twain’s writings from multiple columns, and in many cases they do not appear under their original titles, but there are no pieces which appear here for the first time. Seven of these works were published during the American Civil War, and the rest were published in the year and a half after it ended with dates ranging from “Curing a Cold” (September 20th, 1863) through “Concerning Chambermaids” (December 15th, 1866). Many of these pieces are rich with Twain’s humor and appreciation of the absurd, and some are a bit more thoughtful. The book is fairly short, and Roy Blount Jr. questions the omitting of certain of Twain’s other works which he feels should have been included, in particular “The Great Prize Fight” and “Uncle Lige”, as well as questioning some of the other editorial decisions. It is difficult to argue with this, as the reader certainly would appreciate more content.The sketches vary in length, with many of the sketches only a few pages long, and others extending for more than 10 pages, but none of them are very long with the longest being the combination of columns which form “Answers to Correspondents” which is 24 pages. There is a lot to appreciate here, from the well known title piece, to the odd “An Item which the Editor Himself could not Understand”, this is an enjoyable collection of short writings, and while it can’t measure up to the greatness of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” or some of Twains other works, it should not go unnoticed, and thankfully Twain failed in his desire to destroy all the copies in existence, for we would be much poorer without it.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-31 13:00


  • PurplyCookie
    2019-02-16 09:57

    A collection of short stories by one of the most beloved American writers, Mark Twain. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog" is a humorous story about a man who had a frog that could jump higher than any other. He made a bet with a sly man, and he went off to catch a frog for the man, the man filled the "Celebrated Jumping Frog" with shot, and the frog wouldn't move. "The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg" is about Hadleyburg which is a town that every other town wants to be, it is clean, small, and has never been corrupted. No one ever falls into temptations here. A man that was badly treated here wanted his revenge and he does it in an imaginative way. "A Fable" is about a bunch of animals who stumble across the mirror. The cat says it is a picture of a cat, the elephant said he only saw a big beautiful elephant, and so on, and so on. The moral, by the cat is: "You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there." In each one you see a new perspective because of Mark Twain's imagination. Book Details: Title The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other StoriesAuthor Mark Twain Reviewed By Purplycookie

  • King Ævil
    2019-02-06 12:12

    Before I read the story, I knew very little about “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” except its reputation. And afterward, I was horribly disappointed: I finished it with a disbelieving, “That was it?”. The star of the tale, as it turned out, is not as celebrated as the story itself—not by several orders of magnitude. What’s more, I enjoyed several of the other pieces in the collection considerably more than the title story, which did not seem exceptional compared to the other sketches. My favorite of the lot, and the funniest, is “A Complaint about Correspondents,” a piece of practical advice just as applicable to the Internet Age as to the Pony Express Age; and the most engrossing (and, in my opinion, the best written) is “A Strange Dream,” set at Halema‘uma‘u Crater, now in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island.I agree with the consensus that this early work is worth reading but does not represent Twain’s best.

  • Mike Ogilvie
    2019-02-07 09:47

    This is a small collection of (very) short stories - they're almost like a set of modern fables. I'd heard of the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but not any of the others. They are: The Story of the Bad Little Boy, Is He Living or Is He Dead?, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, and A Fable.Surprisingly, he one story that is in the title of the collection is my least favorite. It's just okay, but the others make the collection truly great. These should be required reading in high school. They hit on real-life (i.e., realistic) moral examples that only an author like Twain could get away with.It's a very short collection (86 pp.) - easy enough to stuff in a bag to read whenever a few moments present themselves. Take it along, you wont' be sorry.

  • Chris Munson
    2019-01-26 08:03

    "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and other Sketches " is essentially a collection of humor essays that Mark Twain wrote when he was working for a newspaper in California and includes the famous Jumping Frog story. This group of essays provide a great insight into the sarcastic and snarky humor that was a hallmark of many of Clemens writing style. Ironically, the Jumping Frog story probably isn't the funniest in the collection. My personal favorite actually turned out to be the "Concerning Chambermaids" essay. The humor contained in this book is surprisingly timeless (considering it's well over 100 years old) and left me laughing out loud many times. If you enjoy sarcastic humor that can be consumed in small bite-sized pieces, this is a great book to consider.

  • Janessa Lantz
    2019-01-19 14:55

    There's no point in "reviewing" the works of Mark Twain. It's a comical endeavor. The best I have is my reaction to his work. I first read Twain when I was a kid, I didn't like it at all. This book was my second attempt at Twain, I loved it. Reading Mark Twain is like meeting the family of an old friend. Suddenly you get where your friend got their sense of humor, their clothing style, their quirks. There's a little bit of Mark Twain in every American author that has written anything notable over the past 100 years.He's writing is simple, brilliant, dull, hilarious, sharp, strikingly modern and annoyingly dated. I liked every story in this collection. I laughed out loud at Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, and I cried when I read A Dog's Tale.

  • Ryota Kato
    2019-02-08 10:04

    1 penguin leaders / level32 100min3 bet, frog, sand, won, fights, stranger, jump4 a. I'll bet five dollers she's dead by Saturday. b. I felt that what a impolite man to said that. He has adiction of betting.5 The frog appeared on this story. I don't like the frog, so this story made me bad feeling. But I learned betting is not good for people who cannot control their feeling from this story.

  • Christy
    2019-02-14 11:57

    This book just didn't do anything for me. While I love to read, I'm actually quite stupid. I just don't "get" the classics. I've never read Twain before and have always put him off because I got the impression he was a bit dull. These short stories did nothing to change my perception. I definitely didn't connect to any of the tales, except maybe the last line of the fable. I couldn't gel with the writing style either. Very boring and dry as I had suspected:

  • Samantha
    2019-02-14 08:55

    Really, more like 3.5 stars.There were some stories I REALLY liked and would give 5 stars, and other stories I didn't care for at all. Probably just a generational more than a century. I did find the last 'story' included to be very interesting. It was all about how to tell a humorous story.

  • Tyler
    2019-02-12 13:53

    I love Mark Twain's short stories. They are like a breath of fresh air to me. I know that it comes off really cliche, but that is the best truth for me, and I'll stick by it :) This story is pretty short, but it teaches the moral lesson of watching your back to make sure that you aren't getting cheated or swindled. Great story!

  • E. Gail Chandler
    2019-02-02 14:02

    From "A Dog's Tale" My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian.And in "Jim Baker's Blue Jay Yarn" Twain commends the jay for his grammar but says "A jay hasn't anymore principle than a Congressman."In his review, Wagenknecht reports that we are in the presence of genius.

  • Sharrice Aleshire
    2019-01-20 13:44

    So far I only have read Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog but let me just say this, I am s lost on the clean humor. I think I need to read a few more of these to be able to get the overall message because the humor in this story was so completely lost on me. Oh well live and learn.

  • Emily
    2019-02-01 14:10

    The first of the readings for the class where I'm a graduate assistant (American Lit Since 1865 -- I hit the jackpot). Good example of the tall tale, and the part about the dog made me laugh.

  • Carol Ann Hoyt
    2019-02-18 07:49

    Much of Mark Twain's writings are not humorous to me. I think I have a problem with the run-on sentences. I lose track of what I'm reading. This is a good tale, though. It seems to me that it accurately portrays what life in this mining camp town must have been like in the late 1800's.

  • Abby
    2019-02-09 11:52

    The stories in this book were fun, and very critical of humans in their willingness to push aside others and their morality for a bit of money. Just as I would expect from Twain. We could use a bit of this brand of satire today.

  • Jones
    2019-02-18 09:11

    I enjoyed most of the stories, though Twain's dry whit sometimes required perseverance. My favorite shorts were "The $1,000,000 Bank Note" and "Jim Baker's Bluejay Yarn." It was interesting to learn that the story "Was it Heaven or Hell" was based on the author's personal experience.

  • Brock
    2019-01-23 13:07

    Mark Twain is witty, timeless, occasionally dark and frequently insightful. The stories aren't all great, but they're all enjoyable to read and some of them have well-deserved reputations as classics of the form. Re-read them when your kids need to go to bed.

  • Peter Salva
    2019-02-15 08:09

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As the Twain' s first published collection, I cannot praise its light humor and quick wit enough. I haven't read anything of his in a long while, so I was very pleased to dig into this collection. There are some true gems here.

  • Me
    2019-01-22 12:48

    It's a collection of short stories so the quality differs. But please do yourself a favour and don't read the last story last.