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10 thoughts on “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

  1. Alice Poon Alice Poon says:

    This novel was Mark Twain's last completed work which he considered to be the best of all his books He claimed that he had spent twelve years in its research and two in writing One of his key sources of research was Jules uicherat's Proces de Condamnation et de Rehabilitation de Jeanne d'ArcAs a historical novel this is one of those that let me learn a great deal about the historical background and the historical characters while keeping me emotionally engaged with the plot It was not a fast read but by the time I finished reading I felt glad that I had picked up the bookAs already mentioned in numerous other reviews Twain's deep fascination with and affection for Joan of Arc shines through the entire novel It's been pointed out that in writing this book the author made a deliberate departure from his well known comedic style as he wanted readers to take it seriously Be that as it may I find that his innate sense of humor is all too readily discernibleJoan's story is without uestion a compelling and poignant one The fact that an illiterate teenage French peasant girl was able to make such a stunning impact on late middle ages history of France and England specifically on the outcome of the infamous Hundred Years' War is reason enough for history lovers to read this important account of her humble and glorious lifeAs with many historical novels set around this period in Europe religion plays an important part in the factual details and plot twists In the case of Joan of Arc's story this passage can best describe how some French Catholic priests in depraved conspiracy with the English nobility have a hand in deciding her tragic fate The Church was being used as a blind a disguise; and for a forcible reason the Church was not only able to take the life of Joan of Arc but to blight her influence and the valor breeding inspiration of her name whereas the English power could but kill her body; that would not diminish or destroy the influence of her name; it would magnify it and make it permanent If the Church could be brought to take her life or to proclaim her an idolater a heretic a witch sent from Satan not from Heaven it was believed that the English supremacy could be at once reinstated


  2. Kathy Kathy says:

    Why had I never heard of this book? I was an English major I read lots and lots of lesser books in college and no one even breathed a hint that this book existed Thankfully I saw it on a friend's bookshelf and decided to read it myself About this book Twain said I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well And besides it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation and two years of writing The others need no preparation and got none This is a beautiful piece of historical fiction written as though it were a translation of the writings of a childhood friend of Joan who goes on to become her scribe It is very different from the other Twain that I have read; it is free of humor and of biting satire The nearest I can say is that it is like a love songTwain's Joan is kind gentle true patriotic devout humble compassionate courageous Reading this book makes me want to meet her and it makes me want to be like her


  3. booklady booklady says:

    ‘I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well And besides it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation and two years of writing The others needed no preparation and got none’ Mark TwainWhen an author speaks so glowingly about his achievement it is with trepidation and care a reader proceed with a review Twain’s novel of the full title Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Sieur Louis de Conte published in 1896 is something he has a right to love and I enjoyed it very much First it is a novel—as opposed to a straight biography—albeit very extensively researched and with great attention to detail It is told from the perspective of a fictional character Louis de Conte a childhood friend and deeply devoted companion to Joan through her short life De Conte’s late in life narrative of events which happened 60 years ago in his youth suffers no loss of passion for all the intervening time De Conte loves Joan and does not bother to hide his feelings We are assured from the beginning by the Translator that De Conte is a reliable narrator and indeed his devotion to Joan omnipresence storytelling ability and humorous interludes than endear him as the spokesperson If he seems to euate Joan’s physical beauty with her spiritual holiness he can be forgiven as a man who has carried a torch for his unreuited love a lifetime One just needs to remember the sourceThe book is divided into three books 1 the early days of youthful innocence spent in Domrémy which ended in Joan’s ‘call’; 2 Joan’s efforts to convince others of her Divine call to save France and her brave exploits in battle; and 3 finally her even heroic solitary stand in court—deserted by all but her ‘Voices’ until she is tricked into signing a false confession and executed One thing however surprised me And maybe it shouldn’t have I don’t know Twain was after all an American and meaning no disrespect to my own countrymen as a whole but are we especially well versed in royal etiuette? Read on ‘The King seemed to hesitate – in fact did hesitate; for he put out his hand and then stopped with it there in the air over the crown the fingers in the attitude of taking hold of it But that was for only a moment – though a moment is a notable something when it stops the heartbeat of twenty thousand people and makes them catch their breath Yes only a moment; then he caught Joan’s eye and she gave him a look with all the joy of her thankful great soul in it; then he smiled and took the Crown of France in his hand and right finely and right royally lifted it up and set it upon his head’ Surely Twain knew of the Divine right of kings that all sovereigns ruled by God’s mandate The king andor ueen’s authority wasis a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy which is why the Bishop Archbishop or occasionally even the Pope crowned the monarch as God’s representative No medieval prince in his right mind would touch his crown before it was bestowed much less put it on hisher own head In 1802 Napoleon Bonaparte shocked the world in crowning himself and departing from this ancient tradition But this was still 1429 If you would like to see an excellent depiction of the scene in the French film Jeanne la Pucelle Joan the maidvirgin check this out Although a long book Joan of Arc seemed to leave me wanting to know about Joan rather than feeling satisfied Still Twain has done her proud45 stars the 12 star off for the royal faux pas Updated August 24 2020 for corrections


  4. Poet Gentleness Poet Gentleness says:

    The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” Socrates I don’t believe in saints I don’t believe in angels My trust in people has been shattered during the last years I have serious issues with faith and god because many times I have wondered what I could have possibly done so wrong to deserve certain things that have happened to me But I digress Jeanne D’Arc has always seemed to me an insane woman; a created legend almost a fairy or a distorted taleHow could a teenager barely a woman have won so many battles against powerful and knowledgeable English generals in a few weeks when they had dominated France for almost a century? Also I happened to know well almost all the paths where her battles happened having even lived and studied in Reims in 1991 and visited its cathedral I traveled up and down the LOIRE VALLEY three times in comfortable cars sleeping in posh hotels and enjoying the region's scrumptious meals and superb wines as I learned in bits and pieces of her campaigns and doubted the reality of it It seemed an impossible featI can recall vividly Chenounceau and Blois among other castles but what ever came to my mind when I thought about them was Henry II of France Diane de Poitiers and Caterine De’ Medice and their political treatises and wars Nothing brought me overdue enlightenment of Jeanne’s story legend ? It still baffles me that during the many times I studied in France and Switzerland not a single book or article on Jeanne’s story was brought forth for me to study read and deepened my knowledge I read Kafka Ionesco Becket the Greek classics the English classics the French classics et cetera but nothing on Jeanne In England I could have believed it was done on purpose but in France? It is also unbelievable that after all my years of traveling living studying abroad and being an avid reader I'd never heard about this work by Mark Twain probably because he is AmericanWhen I visited Tours in 1992 with its enormous fortress I was even skeptical about Joan's sanity yet I was fascinated by that monstrosity and its link with D'Arc FYI I abhor war yet I have a weird ? interest on why people want to dominate others A pity my husband was not very interested in visiting itThe years passed by and I didn't return to Jeanne D’Arc’s story again until last year when my youngest daughter Giovanna received The recollections as a Xmas gift from her History and Portuguese teachers She was young for it eleven y old at that time but as she had seen a film and had fell in love with Jeanne she asked me to read it and tell her the storyIn my hectic and chaotic life I forgot about it Last month I was diagnosed with a serious allergy to tablets' and computers' glare so I had to go back to paperbacks I stumbled upon it last week many months after Giovanna received itThe first shock came from knowing it was written by The Mark TwainI must confess to my undying shame I had never read anything by Twain But perhaps that was for the best because in Twain’s words his other novels have no comparison to this and I might have been disappointed if I had head Tom Sayer or Huckleberry stories before Well I will never know but disappointment has never crossed my mind while reading 'Recollections' Much on the opposite In his autobiography Twain says that Recollections is without a doubt his best work and yet the readers and critics shunned it He conducted a long and deep research on Jeanne’s life He poured in this book all his passion for an incredible un ? believable child teenager woman an old and faithful spirit trapped inside such a delicate and courageous child who since she was thirteen years old knew she was destiny to fulfill a powerful order even if it lead to her death that knowledge was spared to her last moment because she had unwavering belief in what her “Voices” told her her place in paradise was guaranteedThis books is powerful and painful sad even It is not fast paced but it details and recounts battles victories defeats and utmost betrayal; her sadness of being not believed her ultimate demise in a poignant and brilliant styleIt is one of the finest books I have ever read Its perfect romanticized and well researched retelling of Jeanne’s story touched deep inside my unbelieving heart and broken spirit making me even doubt my so ingrained disbeliefs It’s long slow paced retold in a beautiful baroue victorian style respecting the seriousness of the history but it grabbed me from the beginningI couldn't put it down and I read it in two seatings life demanded a break to attend to my family and daily problemsI cried over many parts silly parts you may say but endearing ones I was enthralled with the delicate and yet determined will of a peasant girl and her naïve friends I don’t like those adjectives every human being has their talents hidden or not They don’t need a master’s or PhD to prove their worth Arrogance and self awareness only bring pain and hurt others Jeanned defied ? nobles generals kings powerful armies with humbleness and simplicity Her ethos was incorruptible and her purposes to be the servant of something bigger god visions voices her own insanity ? would set France free of the gruesome English claws She stayed an unwavering believer throughout all the hardship of a gruesome war and imaginable torture to come never once faltering NEVER ONCE she failed to believe her mission as for her god andor his emissaries were her master and guides whose orders she obeyed in blind ? faith and pure heartedI knew how Joan of Arc's life ended and I began to fear how Twain's prose would address the horror of La Pucelle's demise But I shouldn't haveTwain handled it masterfully of course by addressing the feelings of her only two remaining young friends who followed her still harboring hope that those she dedicated her whole short life would at that last moment save her But royal politics intrigues and a coward minister in fear of being surpassed by that intelligent and pure girl got in the way All the two friends could offer her was a small comfort in her last moments due to strict and mean position of a greed man of cloth view spoilermean sadist and only interested only in achieving power to himself which he thankfully was never granted hide spoiler


  5. Karen Karen says:

    Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain 35 starsI have never deemed myself a fan of Mark Twain but I understand that this work is uite a departure for him I enjoyed this book for the mere fact that I did not really know anything about Joan of Arc I found the story intriguing and even touching at times It was a slow start for me and I wasn’t sure I could get through it at first but then it picked up in Part II The narrative was extremely detailed but some of Twain’s humor and great dialogue had me laughing here and there I chuckled out loud when Noel and Louis were discussing how Joan had the gift of the “seeing eye” in which she was always able to perceive a man’s character even though outwardly he presented a different image When asked who she had sent for to take charge of all the new recruits for the army who were described as “unspeakable hellions every one”Louis said “Why she has sent for Satan himself—that is to say La Hire that military hurricane that godless swashbuckler that lurid conflagration of blasphemy that Vesuvius of profanity forever in eruption Does he know how to deal with that mob of roaring devils? Better than any man that lives; for he is the head devil of this world his own self he is the match of the whole of them combined and probably the father of most of them” Twain was mesmerized by his heroine It is obvious throughout the book that he loved Joan and this narrative was his tribute to her life It was almost like a love letter in some instances with the language he used to describe her virtues and presence I was taken in as well by her story of unflagging belief compassion confidence and courage in the achievement of her spiritual mission She was an archetype of Christ and other spiritual leaders who were martyred for their cause In some of my research about this book I came across a story about Mark Twain’s passion for Joan of Arc In a recent article by Daniel Crown dated April 3 2012 he writes The book has puzzled critics for over a century Susan K Harris a Twain expert who teaches at the University of Kansas helped produce the novel’s 1996 Oxford University Press edition As she pointed out to me “By the time he's writing Recollections he's not a believer He is anti Catholic and he doesn’t like the French So he writes a book about a French Catholic martyr? Ostensibly it doesn’t make a lot of sense”Logical or not Twain's passion for Joan of Arc was longstanding and his public praise of her lavish Writing in a 1904 Harper’s essay he referred to her as “by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced” In the same piece he christened her “The Miracle Child” and “The Wonder of the Ages” On a December night in 1905 the New York City chapter of the Society of Illustrators managed to do something many thought impossible With one calculated stroke they left Mark Twain author and noted uipster speechlessThe writer had just risen to address the group As he began to speak a girl emerged from the back of the room Her hair was cropped just below her ears; her face was angular but radiant Underneath a ceremonial white robe she wore the armor of a 15th century French soldier With eyes fixed on the author she glided up the aisle between the tables carrying a laurel wreath atop a satin pillow A reporter from The New York Times in attendance that night later wrote that the “company smile” Twain had exhibited for most of the ceremony faded By the time the girl reached his table “Twain had every appearance of a man who had seen a ghost His eyes fairly started out of his head his hand gripped the edge of the table” She presented the author with the wreath and he accepted it wordlessly He remained silent until the model exited the room As the seconds ticked away Twain’s audience anxiously awaited his responseWhen the writer finally spoke he did so slowly carefully “Now there's an illustration gentlemen — a real illustration I studied that girl Joan of Arc for twelve years and it never seemed to me that the artists and the writers gave us a true picture of her They drew a picture of a peasant Her dress was that of a peasant But they always missed the face — the divine soul the pure character the supreme woman the wonderful girl She was only 18 years old but put into a breast like hers a heart like hers and I think gentlemen you would have a girl — like thatI am glad I had the opportunity of “meeting” Joan of Arc through the lens of Mr Twain Contrasted with the treachery and evil of her time she was an amazing young woman who embodied all that is good about humanity It was a privilege to have known her and feel of her spirit through the eyes of Sieur Louis de Conte aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens


  6. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I am extremely glad I read this book but I can give it no than three stars I will explain in the hope that other prospective readers can accurately determine if this book will fit the bill for themAre you curious about the history of Joan of Arc? Are you interested in an accurate and detailed exposition? In such a case this book is for you Although a book of historical fiction it is accurate and detailed and well researched Mark Twain considered this his best opus I think I would agree This book is the retelling of Joan’s experiences by Sieur Louis de Conte aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens her childhood playmate This friend was there too throughout all the events battles incarceration and court proceedings What is fictional are his personal thoughts about Joan and his musings over the historical happenings These thoughts are based on Twain’s twelve years of thorough research He clearly admired Joan; this shines through I am convinced I have been given a correct recount You will learn about the Hundred Years’ War about the political intrigues religious and mystical beliefs prevalent of the times To enjoy this book you must be interested and curious about history It is a book about history It is a book about the politics and machinations of the English and the French the plebeians and the Burgundians; it is a book about the controversy over religious beliefs The setting is primarily northern France and the time is the 1420s and 30s It culminates with Joan’s famed burning at the stake in Rouen When you close the covers of the book you will understand in detail what has happened I promise you that However the prose the philosophical musings of Louis de Conte are repetitive and tedious The language fits those times not ours The book was first published in 1896 and the language is of those times It is also hard to empathize with the characters The detailed events make the story long and yet still only at the very very end was I emotionally moved exasperated by what happened to her Only at the very end was I mad and furious and frustrated and felt like punching someone Mark Twain was not a Catholic and I am not even religious so it is hard for me to believe in prophesies and religious incarnations I was up against a wall; I could not believe; I just listened Aha that prophesy came true too I read of it and thought it must have been so but I cannot understand because I am not a believer I just put it down to history and say that again real history is stranger than fiction I would not recommend this book to those of you who want a good story where you “feel” for the protagonists where the emotional connection is important than the history If you prefer a book of historical fiction that is fictional than factual then perhaps choose other books See alternatives belowLet me add the book is not devoid of humor Although dated some of the lines of the dialog will surely have you laughing I listened to the audio version narrated by Michael Anthony He well captured Joan’s sentiments and vocal intonations but his pronunciation of French phrases and cities and complete sentences was deplorable Even the pronunciation of the city of Rouen was off Please if a book takes place in France the French must be correct Michael should have taken a course on French pronunciationI am very glad I read the book because I now understand the history of Joan of Arc I prefer fact over fiction but the passage was tedious It is also fun to have read Twain’s own favorite book But it is nice that it is over Deed accomplished 0 Joan of Arc by Mark Twain 3 starsJoan of Arc A History by Helen CastorAn Army of Angels A Novel of Joan of Arc by Pamela Marcantel 2 stars The Maid A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter


  7. Cynda Cynda says:

    Some Initial ThoughtsI could not bear to read this novel I could not bear to stop reading it Painful and Illuminating


  8. Jenny Jenny says:

    After 12 years of research the famous Mark Twain beautifully set down the story of Joan of Arc in a way that only a master storyteller could What an amazing young woman she was She was soft and humble as only a young person could be and yet she had the courage and strength of a lionessShe could lead a charge into combat and then after winning comfort a dying enemy in her arms That was the kind of woman that she was Despite being called to a man's work she kept her femininity ever present encouraging her soldiers to piety showing compassion to those she battled and always guarding her virtue She listened to the voice of the Spirit and looked at others with what Twain called the Seeing Eye The common eye sees only the outside of things and judges by that but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul finding there capacities which the outside didn't indicate or promise and which the other kind of eye couldn't detect What a great example on how to look at others This gift of discernment is so important and something that we should work to develop Joan reminds me of Marina in Shakespeare's Pericles Both Joan and Marina could see past the outside past the bad behaviors and see the potential And others always rise to the occasion when someone has faith in themWhat if we always looked at our family members with the Seeing Eye? It would create such a change in our relationships Rather than being annoyed with the kids' suabbles or irritated by a spouse's forgetfulness we would champion those we love We would cheer and uplift them and help them see their true identity the person that they have always been and the person that they are meant to becomeWhat if we could look at ourselves with the Seeing Eye? There would no comparing the worst of ourselves to the best of others No worrying about weight or intelligence or coolness Experiencing the uiet strength and security that comes from understanding our true nature and identity would allow us to go forth creating a better world through service and compassionWhen the 19 year old Joan of Arc was tried by the Church court for heresy she courageously resisted all the snares set for her by the priests and lawyers Despite digging into her past hoping to find proof with which to accuse her they were daunted at every turn by her spotless reputation Recognizing that they would need to deal treacherously with her they sent a disguised priest Nicolas Loyseleur into Joan’s cell He claimed to be her supporter and being a priest he offered to officiate for her in the Sacrament of Penance Having been denied the rites of the Church for so long she eagerly poured her soul out to him in sacred confession not realizing that the confidentiality she expected from the clergy had been breached Her accusers listened in on every detail Twice during her trials Loyseleur thus dealt falsely with Joan Later when they could not get Joan to admit to the crimes of heresy Loyseleur was one of the churchmen to vote for using torture to exact an admission of guiltAfter the illegal series of trials concluded Joan was finally sentenced to die On the day of her punishment she came forth to bravely confront death Loyseleur frantically raced through the crowd and threw himself on his knees crying for her forgiveness Twain wrote “And Joan forgave him; forgave him out of a heart that knew nothing but forgiveness nothing but compassion nothing but pity for all that suffer let their offence be what it might And she had no word of reproach for this poor wretch who had wrought day and night with deceits and treacheries and hypocrisies to betray her to her death”Joan of Arc is one of my heroes She listened with spiritual ears she saw with spiritual eyes and she acted with spiritual strength All young women should read this book as an example of the strength of femininity In valiantly doing what she was called to do she became a shining example of womanhood charity and love


  9. Gregory Lee Gregory Lee says:

    As Americans we are reuired to consider Huckleberry Finn to be Twain's best work It's the book in which Twain confronts racism and first proclaims that a white boy can have a black escaped slave as a father figure Twain confronted much of his America's foolishness in the raft trip down the riverHe also at the end provided an easy answer Jim was not an escaped slave after all he'd been freed Tom Sawyer could fix things without telling this Perhaps one shouldn't criticize Twain for loving a character based on himself much less for writing his own vision Huck was brave enough to decide that he would aid Jim in escape Twain delivered that decision without conseuencesHis Joan of Arc cannot be so delivered He had a history book to follow With no such option twain focused on the humanity behind the story a humanity he so often despised He begins with a story about the destruction of fairies by the adults of the village He is already symbolically foreshadowing the tragedy of Joan's life For doing what is right for daring to be great she must be destroyed Twain wrote this story to criticize humanity at its worst At the same time he allows us through his narrator to love humanity at its best He decries ignorance through his writing as he always doesYou have almost certainly read Huckleberry Finn and perhaps Tom Sawyer If you want to find out why Twain was truly great look at some of his other novels and stories and especially Joan of Arc


  10. Dawn Dawn says:

    Free on The Gutenberg Project website Broken down in two E books Book I and Book II III togetherIMO this is Twain's best work Absolutely brilliant and awe inspiringIt is my understanding that he researched for 12 years compiling the written personal accounts from Joan's suirepagesecretary and childhood friend all the same person as well as historical documents from her inuisition trial and Rehabilitation review 25 years after her death by the Pope to create this piece He also felt it necessary to get both the French and English versions in hope to be fair and accurate as possible When I researched how historically accurate this is most critics seem to agree that it is very accurate but also embellished with some non fiction possiblyTwain was an atheist and did not like the Catholic church and he must have really hated them even after his findings but he was 61 and this being his last book if I'm not mistaken it is my observation that he may have realized that church politics and religion have nothing to do with faith The work is broken down into three parts each depicting a different segment of the Saints life Needless to say the last book which contained her trials and death were emotionally difficult to get through due to knowing it's tragic ending Ah To have only a sliver of Joan d'Arc's compassion devotion strength and wisdomI highly recommend to put this one on your bucket list of reads


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