Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven () by Mark Twain · Chapter I→. Sister Projects. sister projects: Wikidata item. Published in. Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven has ratings and 62 reviews. Liz said: What an interesting and entertaining short story! I haven’t r. Extracts From Captain Stormfield’s Visit To Heaven is the first-person account of a sea captain’s trip to heaven after his death. The story opens with Stormfield.

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Quraish Muslim Massacre Faith Fighter. I found this to be close to my favourite of Twain’s short works and a brilliant first read if one has the inclination to turn their ear to his more miniscule works.

His depiction of heaven, where the angels abandon their cumbersome wings and harps for greener pastures, is both fun and provocative, particularly in its view of the Earth being the most minor of planets, and entities like Adam and Moses being only known in Heaven’s obscure corners. He points out that one cannot have happiness without sorrow again one exists only relative to the other and that what we have been told about heaven is not well thought out.

Highlights were the failed attempt to use the angel wings for flying they’re more for decorative purposesthe mistaken belief that everyone’s equal up there hah, as if! This was the last book written by Twain to be published in his lifetime.

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While a ho, he etormfield a humorous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. Twain’s satire of puny mortals’ image of Heaven contrasted with how it really is was hilarious.

Each newcomer must thereafter give his name and planet of origin to a gatekeeper, who sends him in to heaven. Twain uses this story to show his view that the common capain of heaven is ludicrous and points out the incongruities of such beliefs. And forget about any individual human culture. The story was revised several times, and chapters 3 and 4 of the manuscript became the Harper’s story.

And as for the heavenly choir, and the wings She didn’t do it directly by shoving his books at me, but indirectly, simply by having them around her cottage in Michigan.

I cried page after page and it made me feel really good about my faith and my convictions. Lists with This Book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


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Trivia About Extract from Capt I’d nev My grandmother introduced me to Twain. Granted, it doesn’t compare to some of his earlier efforts, such as The Innocents Abroad, but there are still flashes here of the wit we have come to appreciate.

Sitting on a cloud strumming a harp all day turns out to be Twain’s witty vision of what heaven “is really like” is told from the point of view of the recently deceased Captain Stormfield.

Although not published until in Harper’s Magazinefollowed by a slim book version with some revisions inthe story was quite old. In a weird way, Twain is almost proto-Lovecraftian.

Of course there warn’t any of them going my way, as a steady thing, you know, because they travel in a long circle like the loop of a lasso, whereas I was pointed as a dart for the Hereafter; but I happened on one every now and then that was going my way for an hour or so, and then we had a bit of a brush together.

The protagonist Captain Stormfield is really disappointed when he finally gets to heaven I guess, after all they’re not just singing or playing harps all day, or flying around with their grand wings, nor just sitting around chatting with the patriachs and being all awestruck.

Captain Stormfield’s Visit To Heaven

This was referenced in This Rep Second half is funnier than the first, but the whole thing is worth a read. Lucky for me, the volume I read is a first edition, with lovely illustrations and a tissue-paper frontispiece, stogmfield to me by my neighbor after her husband, a literature professor in Taiwan, died.

Born during a visit by Halley’s Comet, he died on its return. This funny, satirical spoof on human captqin about the importance of our species in cpatain grand scheme of things was the last published work by Mark Twain. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Only he overshoots, and lands in the wrong Heaven. In Twain’s heaven carrying a palm leaf gets tiresome, so people tend to hand theirs off to the newly arrived, singing in the heavenly chorus lasts maybe a couple of hours before it loses its charm, and other surprises await poor Stormfield.

Just look at how one would select how old one might wish to appear there. Mark Twain enjoyed Elizabeth Stuart Phelps style and prolific list of books she authored. Clemens father Orion Clemens brother. Shakespeare and the rest have to walk behind a common tailor from Tennessee, by the name of Billings Muhammad, Buddha, and other non-Christian religious figures are accepted as prophets and leaders, while ordinary people denied opportunity to fill their potential are given their proper recognition in the afterlife.


This is a very funny book but with a bite. And some of those you least expect to be there are most present such as Buddha and Mohammed In Alien Heaven, humans are now the aliens, and treated as real weirdos who ask for stormtield like halos and wings.

Stormfield has trouble adapting to the American section of Earth-Heaven, finding mos Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven is unfortunately only a fragment of what was meant to be a full-length novel or novella. The story follows Captain Elias Stormfield on his extremely long cosmic journey to heaven; his accidental misplacement; his short-lived interest in singing and playing the harp generated by his preconceptions of heaven ; and the obsession of souls with the “celebrities” of heaven, like Adam and Moseswho according to Twain become as distant to most people in heaven as living celebrities are on Earth.

It’s a curious mix of metaphysical explanations for why you’re better off sticking with what you know, and reminders of how limited human perspectives can be.

I love this story! It is a very rewarding and hilarious read, where ultimately heaven isn’t too different from the place which we inhabit now, and that’s probably the point. Mind you, had been whizzing through space all that time, like a comet. The heaven described by him is similar to the conventional Christian heaven, but includes a larger version of all the locations on Earth, as well as of everywhere in the universe.

Elizabeth’s “The Gates Ajar” was published in twenty three languages and distributed world wide. So one puny Earthling reaches the afterlife only to learn that nobody considers our planet of much account, and that even within the human ghetto of Heaven the once-mighty and the white are rather less esteemed stodmfield he’d anticipated.

Samuel Langhorne Clemensbetter known by his pen name Mark Twainwas an American author and humorist. So Twain had thoughts about the viskt size of the universe, about other solar systems, other forms of life, about heaven. Heaven is often associated with the cosmos, so Twain naturally adopts a cosmic perspective of the insignificance of humanity in a galaxy teeming with intelligent life.