The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain's classic depiction of a happy-go-lucky boy on a voyage of growth and discovery. Set in pre-Civil war Missouri, this novel is the story of Tom and his best friend Huck Finn, whose playfulness and sense of mischief lead them to all sorts of adventure—some of which is far from the stuff of childhood. Indeed, in the midst of fun and games one night, Tom and Huck witness a brutal murder. The two boys flee the scene, afraid for their lives, and hide out on an island on the Mississippi River. Guilt over their worried families forces the two boys to return home. But the murderer remains at large, and an innocent man stands accused of the crime. The worlds of carefree childhood and adult consequences collide as Tom must decide whether to reveal the truth, potentially costing him his own safety, or allow an innocent man to suffer.
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Born Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain (1835-1910) was and is an American legend. A prolific journalist, essayist, and writer of short stories and novels, Twain had a unique gift for capturing and often laughing at the young American nation he knew. Growing up in Missouri, Twain spent his early years on the Mississippi River, which would figure prominently in the world of his later fiction. Twain worked as a riverboat pilot as a young man, but headed west when the Civil War broke out. His trip across the country and eventual years in Nevada and California became fodder for some of Twain's best works. Settling eventually in Connecticut, Twain enjoyed many fruitful years of writing, travel, and family life until he left the world, as he had vowed, with the return of Halley's Comet in 1910. Perhaps best known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huck Finn, Twain is the author of many other works, including Life on the Mississippi, Letters From the Earth, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and Innocents Abroad.Back to top
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MOST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual--he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, ...Back to top
Reviewed by zdwyatt on Mar 11, 2013
Entertaining, if unremarkable
It feels needlessly judgmental to criticize the scattered plot and thin characters in what is regarded (at least by some) as a young adult novel. But the subject matter is also surprisingly dark, featuring some adult scenes and themes. So I am not sure who the audience is meant to be. It was diverting enough, but I would not recommend it to others.
Reviewed by rameshnaidu on Feb 26, 2013
A story that will live on forever as a classic
The book opened up bottled feelings from my own childhood . I could not stop laughing with Tom , panicked when he was in trouble. My only regret now is that I will never be able to read Tom Sawyer for the first time again.
Reviewed by terpsgirl02 on Aug 13, 2010
I laughed and cried as I read this book. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by fbales on Nov 23, 2009
A fun book.
I was so reminded of my boyhood as I read about Tom's adventures. Twain captures the fun, the excitement, the puppy love, and the bs, of being a boy so well.
Reviewed by RangerTP on Oct 13, 2009
A great literary work for all adventurous, imaginative boys
Mark Twain. One the the greatest literary artists the US, no, the world has ever produced. I have read this story I do not know how many times over the last (almost) 60 years. This book, to me, provides for little, young, not-so-young, boys what "Alice in Wonderland" does for little girls. At least those that have a favorable imagination for this type/genre of story. I never read any story/book/article/whatever more than once in my life, EXCEPT for this work and a handful of others. So parents does your little have an imagination, able to read a very easy literary style, and able to 'act-out' Huck Finn, in all his glory & honor. I know it kept me busy for hours (and my parents also, that is when it became obvious I needed props and other such thinks. NO ONE ever got hurt, injured, or destroyed. Truly one of my all time favorites. Thank you, Mark Twain!
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