The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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Hardcover - USA - 1967.

Author Mark Twain
Published 1865-11-18
Type Fiction, Short story
Genre Comedy
Themes Comedy
Age Group Adult

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, originally published as Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog is a short story by Mark Twain first published in The New York Saturday Press on 1865-11-18.

The story describes a gambling addict who trains a frog to jump on command to win contests.

Personal

Own?Compilation book.
Read?Compilation book.
Finished2023-01-18.

Although I had not become a fan of Twain's work from the first two novels I read of his, I hoped I might fare better with one of his short stories. I did not.

Review

Overall:

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Good

  • Maybe someone could get a anti-gambling or don't be se trusting moral out of the story?

Bad

  • The story is often described as humor, but I didn't find it very funny.

Ugly

  • Jim Smiley entrusting his prized frog to a stranger he hopes to win money from, unsupervised, for a length of time, just isn't believable.
  • This story just wasn't interesting.

Representation

Strong female character?FailThere are no women.
Bechdel test?FailThere are no women.
Strong person of color character?FailEveryone is white.
Queer character?FailThere are no queer characters.

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