The Return of No.44 (a novel)

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Preview, The Return of No. 44

The above link is a complete .pdf  file of The Return of No. 44. Preview and buy, or read/download, even share. Your cost is to write reviews on Amazon and any literary sites possible. Buzz it up on social networking sites and ask your non-digital friends to buy the print version. I maintain all rights. Enjoy.

This novel is my humble homage to Mark Twain’s ability to use picaresque characters and situations to make a substantial, and often darker, social point. In his later years the darker threatened to overshadow the picaresque. His struggles culminated in his darkest work, No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger. It is now attracting increased interest from scholars and lay readers alike. My hope is that the story will bring the character No. 44 into our century and enliven the discourse over the scope of religion in America.

  • JGRuggiero June 7, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Bob, I managed to log in (obvously!). Coincidentally, I received a copy in the mail of The Return of No. 44. I’m ten pages into it. I had listened to an MP3 of Twain’s Mysterious Stranger, so I get the drift.

    More later.


  • Bob Rogers June 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Jim, I hope you enjoy it. I prefer paper myself, and seldom read long form on computer, though this page has over 100,000 words I’m sure. I’d be curious which version of Mysterious Stranger your heard? There were at least three, since it was not published in his lifetime. The recognized version is published by the U. of California at Berkley I believe. I’d welcome a discussion when you are finished, unless I’m in India and then my responses might be slow. all the best, Bob

  • JGRuggiero June 26, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Bob, I finished Stranger. I’m still mulling it over, but I am amazed that you wrote from the perspective of women. It was a bold move. What inspired you to write this story?

    I haven’t read either version of MS, but I listened to a free audio book last year. Cheryl has also read your book, and we have been comparing notes.

    Because there is a problem with agreement among the “hes,” she thinks that, at the end, Bette and the young stranger recognize themselves as mother and son. I think Bette and Brother Jim are the pair.


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