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The War Prayer (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain

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Written by Mark Twain during the Philippine-American War in the first decade of the twentieth century, The War Prayer tells of a patriotic church service held to send the town's young men off to war. During the service, a stranger enters and addresses the gathering. He tells the patriotic crowd that their prayers for victory are double-edged-by praying for victory they are also praying for the destruction of the enemy... for the destruction of human life.


The universal themes of a war parable are made more eloquent by accompanying line drawings.


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Mark Twain (1835-1910) hat sein Handwerk von der Pike auf gelernt. Nach dem Tod seines Vaters machte er eine Ausbildung zum Schriftsetzer und arbeitete in vielen Städten der USA als Drucker und Journalist. Auch auf einem Mississippidampfer war Mark Twain beschäftigt, außerdem wurde er Soldat bei den Konföderierten und begab sich sogar auf Silbersuche. Später führten ihn seine Reisen bis nach Europa. 1864 gelang ihm mit "Jumping-Frog" ("Der berühmte Springfrosch von Calaveras County") der literarische Durchbruch. Humor und Satire gehören zu den Markenzeichen des weltbekannten amerikanischen Schriftstellers, dessen berühmtestes Buch wohl "Die Abenteuer des Huckleberry Finn" (1884) ist. Mark Twains Alterswerk dagegen ist von einer eher pessimistischen Grundhaltung geprägt.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen If only, Lord, if only... 14. Februar 2003
Von Dennis J. Malloy - Veröffentlicht auf
I have probably purchased over fifty copies of this book over the years; I can't seem to keep one for very long. I share it with people I care about, people who are open to other's perspectives, and people who tend to express opinions that they haven't really thought about.
Every time I read it (and I have usually read every copy I purchased more than once), it moves me. More than any other work I have ever enjoyed, this book has dazzled me with the brilliance, the astute erudition, the passion and the restraint of its author, Mark Twain.
As a retired Marine, as a parent, and as one who holds a degree in English, I heartily recommend a thoughtful reading of this work. Then I encourage you to do as I have done: share it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Your Father's Huck Finn 6. August 2000
Von Kevin West - Veröffentlicht auf
The "protest" writings of Mark Twain gained renewed interest during the anti-Viet Nam War Movement and the most prominant of these writings is "The War Prayer." From 1962 to 1973, it appeared in no fewer that 4 separate collections of his stories, including "A Pen Warmed Up in Hell'" and "The Damned Human Race." In 1970, Harper&Row published "The War Prayer" on its own , in hard cover, with haunting illustrations by John Groth. The story clocks in at slightly more than 1,200 words. It is Twain at his most economic. And most vehement. The story begins as an unnamed country prepares for war, its citizens awash with patriotic rapture. Parades, mass meetings and rousing speeches have almost everybody pumped and primed for a bloody good time. On the eve of battle, a service is held and the pastor invokes God's blessings on their cause and their armies. A stranger arrives "bearing a message from Almighty God." The Lord has heard their prayer, the messenger informs them, and is willing to grant it. But only after they have heard the unspoken portions of their prayer. The secret prayer, hidden in their hearts. Twain then unleashes a blunt tutorial on the ravages of war. "(H)elp us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreads with our shells,...Lay waste their humble homes,..wring the hearts of their offending widows...their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land." Not exactly win-one-for-the-Gipper stuff. Just a handy reminder in the age of surgical strikes. In the Post Cold War Era, and 84 years after its initial publication, "The War Prayer" remains a devastating attack on any call to arms and the concept of just and winnable warfare.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Be careful what you pray for 15. Dezember 2005
Von Michael J. Mazza - Veröffentlicht auf
"The War Prayer," by Mark Twain, is a short, parable-like story. The text, which is arranged on the pages like poetry, is accompanied by John Groth's black-and-white illustrations. The entire book, although unpaginated, is less than 100 pages long. The story takes place in a time of war, when "the holy fire of patriotism" burns in every heart. Twain tells of a church service in which the congregation is preparing to send its young men off to war. But an aged stranger interrupts the service with a message of his own.

The back cover of the book notes that "The War Prayer" was written during the Philippine-American war in the first decade of the twentieth century, was rejected for publication in 1905, and remained unpublished until 1923. Twain has crafted a harsh, bitter, and biting satire of how patriotism, militarism, and religion can come together. His searing message is well complemented by John Groth's stark, sometimes nightmarish images. Groth's impressionistic drawings look like he has lacerated the pages with his pen. Twain's "Prayer" has a timeless and universal feel. After all these decades, it still packs a punch.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unforgettable 21. Juli 2010
Von Bill R. Moore - Veröffentlicht auf
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"The War Prayer" is one of Mark Twain's most powerful works, which truly says much. Indeed, it is one of the most powerful written by anyone, especially considering that it is but a few pages. This is Twain at the height of his ever-admirable economy and a superb example of his dark, political later works. Much has been written of war and its horrors, but they have perhaps never been shown so truly and thus horrifically. Whatever we think of war, it is important to see it from each angle, and Twain helps us do that, shedding much-needed light of oft-neglected areas. He was no pacifist but had a healthily skeptical attitude toward war, as anyone should after reading this affecting masterpiece. It also takes on religious hypocrisy, blind patriotism, and other failings; that it manages to pack so much into so few words is truly incredible. This is one of Twain's best and most important works and deserves to be as famous as his best-known pieces. It is essential for anyone interested in Twain or war. Though available in collections - such as Library of America's Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays 1891-1910 -, it is well worth buying in itself.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A book you'll love or hate 19. September 2002
Von M. J. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf
The War Prayer is Mark Twain's premier anti-war poem. Doves will love it; hawks will not - it is not a piece that will change anyone's mind on the ethics of war. It does, however, provide a moving illustration of how our prayers for our welfare are also prayers for the destruction of others. It recognizes that it is human nature to refuse to recognize the destructive side. It reminds one of the gap between recognized ideals and our actual conduct.
The drawings by John Groth add to the text but do not overcome the impression of a printing that was thrown together carelessly and quickly to meet political goals in our current crisis. Quality of production aside, it is worth while to see this side of Mark Twain's writing regardless of your views on war.
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