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Who Was Mark Twain? (Who Was?) / April Jones Prince
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Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?
April Jones Prince Nancy Harrison

Grosset & Dunlap 2004-05-24
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マーク・トウェインの伝記。

get-rich-quickって、Encyclopedia Brownシリーズでも、敵役がいつもトライして失敗していますが、アメリカの伝統?
ベストセラーでお金持ちになって投資で失敗して借金がかさんでそれを返済するために講演活動しまくって、と波乱万丈の人生です。

"When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not."

p1
各章の最初に興味深いマークトウェイン本人の言葉が掲載されています。

Sam also wanted to make money ---lots of money. So when he read about people making fortunes trading the cocoa plant in South America, he decided to go there. It was the first of many get-rich-quick schemes Sam made the mistake of pursuing.

p18
その後何度も失敗することになる「すぐにお金持ちになる方法」の最初!

A steamboat had to travel in water that was at least twelve feet deep, which was the second mark on the line. When a pilot heard the leadsman call "mark twain" ("twain" was another word for two), he knew the boat was just barely safe --- or just on the edge of danger. It was also a good description of the way Sam Clements lived his life, so he chose "Mark Twain" for his pen name.

p23
2番目の結び目、ぎりぎりの人生、からつけたペンネームなんですね。

After the Northern victory in 1865, slavery was abolished. The four years of fighting claimed 620,000 lives.

p30
そんなに!

"There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and he can."

p78
講演とベストセラーで裕福になって、もっと裕福に、とあれこれ投資して貧乏に。。。

Month after month, for fourteen years, Mark poured his saving and Livy's family money into the typesetter. He was sure it would make his family millions of dollars. It didn't.

p83
山師ですねー。そんなに長い間お金をつぎ込んでもだめなのですね。

The sad solution was to leave Connecticut and live for a while in Europe, where costs were lower.

p86
ヨーロッパの方が生活費が安かったんですね。今も?

In June 1904, Livy died. At her bedside, Mark, Clara, and Jean put their hearts would break. Mark had never felt so alone. "She was all our riches, and she is gone," Mark wrote. "She was our breath, she was our life, and now we are nothing." Clara had a nervous breakdown and spent months in the hospital. Jean, who had developed epilepsy, began having terrible seizures and would have to be hospitalized as well. Mark saw his once-happy family torn pieces.

p95
epilepsy:てんかん seizure:発作
母親を中心にした結びつきの強い家族だったのですね。

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