A Dog's Tale

A Dog s Tale This short novel of Twain s from is told from the point of view of a loyal and beloved family pet Themes of heroics valor and heart wrenching tenderness fill this work The story is also filled

  • Title: A Dog's Tale
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Audiobook
  • This short novel of Twain s, from 1903, is told from the point of view of a loyal and beloved family pet Themes of heroics, valor and heart wrenching tenderness fill this work The story is also filled with happy events as well as sad ones and is ultimately about what dogs are to us best friends A Dog s Tale is quintessentially Twain Summary by Aaron Elliott

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    About "Mark Twain"

    1. Mark Twain

      Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.

    954 thoughts on “A Dog's Tale”


    1. Part of a good author's job is to make the reader think. Having read the other reviews of "A Dog's Tale" (and of "A Horse's Tale" as well) I think some of the reviews may be missing the point.I agree wholeheartedly that in all, it is an upsetting story. I also agree that it is probably not suitable for young children. Speaking as someone who loves her dog, one reading was certainly enough for me. However, there are deeper things at work here, and they should be looked into.Consider that "A Dog's [...]


    2. At first the story was engaging, funny and full of life. The ending was that like a heavy hammer hitting one on the head. I cried and cried and cried at the cruelty to such innocence. And struck by the turn of events in the writing.I felt rage and anger over this book and the author, but decided I would reserve my opinion until I researched Mark Twain's opinion on animals. I was relieved that he was an advocate for animals and supported anti-vivisection. (See Note below.)If you are a dog lover, [...]


    3. "My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian." and starts the tale of Aileen Mauvourneen.How often does one come across tales that leave you asking for more, as though the book had never ended? And imagine if it had to be mere 50 odd pages? No matter how unexpected but this was that book which left me feeling rather incomplete and what do they say, speechless?Being the kind of animal-lover that I am; especially dog-lover, I am always on the look-out for books on [...]


    4. Que conto triste. esso que me levou às lágrimas. .a inocência de seres tão puros como os animais e a brutalidade do homem. Como fiquei revoltado!


    5. A brilliant piece of writing! Twain in his comical tone describes the cruelties practised upon the animals in his time. The reader is being put in the position of a female pet dog and is experienced a 'dogly' journey with her masters. A depressing story that builds up anger inside you while reading. Sarcasms are very often, scattered here and there (the usual Twain) and it begins with a curious opening line "My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian". A deservi [...]



    6. ARGH! NO!! Mark Twain!?!? What are you doing to me!?!I have had this short story by this well loved author on my kindle for ages, and last night was looking for something for a quick read and thought, "What could be nicer that a short dog story by Mr. Mark Twain?" Well, the answer is "Anything would have been better!" It is not the language I have the problem with either, as Mr. Twain writes as well as ever, it is the story itself, the horror, the pain, the abuse that the dog suffers! The beatin [...]


    7. he has always been the master of words with Pen. Creating characters with imagination was far better than any other writer ever. He among those few writers who makes grip on your head and keep you stuck to their each and every book.Hats-off Sir Samuels.For me it's 4.5/5.0


    8. I took to reading this book first thing in the morning. Instantly, I was taken into the life of Aileen, the people she loved, her extremely beautiful description of her mother, the classy subtlety with which Mark Twain has described her pup's father, indirectly portraying the scenario of women in those times where they could only grieve and do little else, fear, happiness, respect and undying love Aileen could feel even more than a warm-hearted human being. I did not want it to end the way it en [...]


    9. A Dog's Tale is a short story that begins with Twain's usual flair for wit and humor and ends most surprisingly with a tragic bow. Written to express his views on animal experimentation, Twain leaves us in no doubt of his disgust and disapproval as he tells us of a bright, but niave female doggie who saves her family's baby from a fire only to be ultimately rewarded be having her own pup the subject of her scientificly bent owner's experimentation - by which the pup quickly perishes. Its a sad t [...]


    10. This story breaks the heart, and increases my opinion of Mark Twain as a writer and a person for bringing attention to animal rights in a time when they were hardly a thing that people thought about. I feel like this is not nearly up to the par that it should be, given how wrenching the story was, but I tried to arrange my thoughts into a haiku:"Cold as Job's trials,Steadfast, humble devotionIs no guarantee."


    11. Twain strikes just at the right place with this short story of a dog, covering right from the time when it was a puppy in care of its mother to the time when it had a new life with new owners and its own young one. The story is tragic and I don't know what to make of it by the end. If he wanted to tell us how heartless human, science, rationality and objectivity could be, there couldn't be a better example than this one right here!


    12. Ugh! I did not read this with any prior knowledge. I wish I had looked it up. Was listening on audible. As a dog lover this is just too difficult. Makes me angry. Maybe I'll review it better later, but right now I just want to forget it. I wanna throw up!


    13. Short story is moving with powerful message. Heartwarming and proof dog is better than man. One wishes the planted pup WOULD sprout somehow.


    14. I loved how he portrayed a pet animal's entire life in such a short story. The narrative being followed by the dog's own perspective makes us feel what the poor dog is feeling. Dogs are generally loyal animals but we humans still torture then, use them in the laboratories and kill them mercilessly. This story makes us wonder about our deeds towards pet animals. We need to learn to be kind and loveable towards them, not use them till they can serve us in every possible way.


    15. It's not that I think this story is bad, I don't. I just hate animal abuse and will never give higher rating to such story.



    16. "We went far down the garden to the farthest end, where the children and the nurse and the puppy and I used to play in the summer in the shade of a great elm, and there the footman dug a hole, and I saw he was going to plant the puppy, and I was glad, because it would grow and come up a fine handsome dog, like Robin Adair, and be a beautiful surprise for the family when they came home; so I tried to help him dig, but my lame leg was no good, being stiff, you know, and you have to have two, or it [...]


    17. This book caught my attention from the very first line:"My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian." I usually don't fancy stories told from animal perspectives. I've long outgrown that since my childhood days of Charlotte's Web, but I decided to give the book a try anyway because it was, after all, the work of the great Mark Twain. I was not disappointed.There is so much more to the book than a mere dog's tale. It tells of sacrifice and dilligence and selflessn [...]


    18. This starts off well: "My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian." Ha! Typical hilarious Mark Twain story and perfect for a short drive, right? Wrong.I had no idea Twain wrote anything this depressing.



    19. The book is told from the standpoint of a loyal household pet, a dog self described by the first sentence of the story; "My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian." The story begins with a description of the dog's life as a puppy and her separation from her mother, which to her was inexplicable. Her puppy and her owner's new child were soon added to her new home. When a fire breaks out in the nursery, the dog risks her life to drag the baby to safety. In the pr [...]


    20. A heartbreakingly beautiful (very) short story of a dog through her eyes. Although the incidents date back to the early 1900s, the crux of the story seems relevant even now.Through the simple eyes of a dog, we are shown the untrustworthiness and ungratefulness of Man, even though the dog feels nothing but trust and love. Maybe Twain was also showing his sympathies for animals being used in the name of science for even absurd reasons (there was no need to operate on the puppy to prove he was blin [...]


    21. A short story of Mark Twain. The title tells it all. Its has a bit similarity with a Malay folklore I read in my childhood. Or is it a short story? I can't really recall it. This is a story of a dog from a puppy to a mother. She played her memories of her mother in the first chapter about how her mother managed to dazzle other dogs with big words even though she knew nothing of the words. This is classic Mark Twain poking fun at us humans ; having all kind of big talks without really understand [...]


    22. A wonderful little tale indeed, and also heartbreaking. Twain is able to weave in an impressive amount of topics to be discussed in this book and with considerable wit (as usual). One thing that bothers me though and that I can't get my head around is why he talks about religion and of the dog as presbyterian. In the beginning I thought that this would be a short story mocking that somehow. Maybe it is, but then I must have missed it. Does religion (prebytarianism?) actually play any part in thi [...]


    23. A beautiful tale revolving around the dedication and loyalty of man's loyal friend - his dog. It tells of how a young puppy is nurtured by his mother and is bought by another family whom he serves honestly risking his own life to save the master's son.However man rewards his bravery with a beating causing him to have a limp forever and even intentionally blinding his newly born puppy just to experiment on blindness leading to death. Though a short story it describes how evil and selfish humans c [...]


    24. Hardly 50 pages, a story told from a dog's perspective and written/published in 1904 - I cannot believe this is the one that touched me the most. It choked me up and left my eyes watery.Either, I have a lot to catch up on other writings or he is as good as they say he is.


    25. I don't think I've ever been so moved by a story written with so few words. If this story does not affect you in some way then you have no soul. The master says his dog can "reason" but shows no reasoning of his own.


    26. All of Mark Twain's writings are good but I didn't like the ending of this one no matter what point he was trying to get across. I don't like sad endings.


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