The book, loosely based on Twain's childhood exploits, has become a classic portrait of mischievous youth — well, in America anyway. As is the case with many now-classic books, Tom Sawyer was not well-acclaimed upon its initial release; and even now Twain's thicker, weightier sequel-of-sorts, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , which borrows its setting and characters from Tom Sawyer , is considered his masterpiece.
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Still, Huck himself would be the first to tell you what a great book Tom Sawyer is. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I love this book and can't wait to continue reading its sequel and said to be the more important one, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Huck is in this book but his character is of course not the main course. He is an orphan and the son of the town's drunkard. Tom Sawyer envies him because he is cool and he can do anything he wants without punishment. He appears mysterious and I think he will be stripped of this mysteriousness in the next book.
In terms of reading, the book is not really an easy read because of the many colloquial terms that Mark Twain used. I found myself shuffling between the text and the appendix to find out words and phrases being used in that part of American during the 19th century. It slowed down my reading but at the end, it was all worth it. I am happy to finally have read a Mark Twain book. I say: more, more, more. View all 7 comments. Shelves: fiction. There's not much that can be said about this book by a hack like me that would do it justice. Mark Twain was the first American writer to figure out how to turn the American vernacular into art, and he was the first historian to document how we talked.
He also was a visionary who saw the problems of race and the problem racism would be in the future, and he tried to warn the future the only way he knew how: by writing about it then. He was gutsy and he was talented and he was hilarious, and this There's not much that can be said about this book by a hack like me that would do it justice. He was gutsy and he was talented and he was hilarious, and this book captures it all. Tom Sawyer is the first truly American literary character, for better, worse, and all the in-between.
View all 3 comments. Feb 01, Merphy Napier rated it really liked it Shelves: four-stars , classics. This story perfectly captures the logic, mindset, and rational of children. I loved seeing the way these kids viewed the world, and I loved their rational when their worldview was proven wrong.
The strongest ellement of this book is the way Mark Twain was able to get into the minds of children and depiction it so perfectly on the page.
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The thing I didn't love as much was the meandering plot. There was clearly a direction and purpose to this story, but it took forever to get there and there were This story perfectly captures the logic, mindset, and rational of children. There was clearly a direction and purpose to this story, but it took forever to get there and there were a lot of stops along the way where we just hung out with the characters. As a plot driven reader, that left me imaptient board at times. Still a great story though View 2 comments. This is my first Mark Twain.
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Yep, you read that correctly. Of course I knew the author. I knew his actual name, how this pen name came about, that he was a cat lover, that he might have been a child of his time but also highly critical of certain social matters such as slavery. But I had never read his books. It was about time. And the current weather hot and often humid too was perfect as a setting. This is a book for younger readers. The protagonist is Tom Sawyer, a mischievious boy who lives with his aunt as his parents have died.
He's seldomly up to any good although he's never a truly bad child. He just loves to play and be wild and free instead of going to Sunday School or Church services and I can't blame him. Especially after "seeing" where he lives thanks to Twain's nice descriptions of the little town named St. Petersburg, the creek and river and nature all around. But his jokes are mostly harmless, usually only getting slightly out of control thanks to his aunt's squeamishness and other people's piety.
However, there are some serious matters this summer, too. Because there are bad people in this world as well, of course.
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And Tom ends up right in the middle of a murder and further criminal enterprises. It's funny how Twain managed to write about a few boys' wonderful summer while also writing about religion, the slavery system, criminals and those first butterflies boys and girls feel. The social criticism is light, just some "stuff" Tom and his friends notice in this world they are living in and either don't understand or flat-out don't like very much - or imitate to the point of ridiculing.
A wonderfully gentle way of educating the younger readers this was written for. My audio edition was also narrated by the impeccable Nick Offerman and he brought the American South to life like you wouldn't believe. Be it aunts in tears or girls screeching or boys fighting View all 16 comments.
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Nov 04, unknown rated it really liked it Recommended to unknown by: Fisher Price. Shelves: , in , classics , dailylit. As a child, nothing terrified me more than being lost. My parents found this hilarious. Every time we went on a road trip, my dad would wait a few hours and then start moaning that we had somehow gotten lost.
We're looost! My vivid memories of this suggest that the fear grabbed me long after I should have been old enough to realize that a little kid can't really be lost while with his parents, let alone that yo As a child, nothing terrified me more than being lost.
My vivid memories of this suggest that the fear grabbed me long after I should have been old enough to realize that a little kid can't really be lost while with his parents, let alone that you can't really get lost in any meaningful way in a car in the U. I don't know if this is a universal kid fear, but I think with me, it stemmed from this book.
More specifically, from the Fisher Price audio production, which I listened to so many times I had large swaths of it memorized "Tom Sawyer is a tale of imagination and wonder, told especially for you And this thing was 90 minutes. The part where Becky and Tom get lost in McDougal's Cave was the most harrowing thing I could imagine, even though in retrospect it was probably really ridiculous, what with all the boys clearly voiced by adult women and the oddly didactic dialogue "Oh Tom, the candle's almost out. Oh Tom, it's going out. Tom, it's out! And like being lost in the dark wasn't enough, "Engine" Joe was in there too!
I don't know if it's because I never saw the word in print but it wasn't until I was in my teens that I finally realized what his name was, and what it meant. My dad, ever the gentle and loving parental figure, decided to taunt me first by moaning that we were lost, and then by saying that Injun Joe was going to get me. This incident I don't remember, but my mom assures me there was a lot of loud screaming. Everyone, including the people in line behind us, thought it was very, very funny that I was scarred for life.
I suppose the idea of being terrified while at a sanitized place like Disney World seems a little amusing. Except in the Hall of Presidents, which is certifiably creepy. I'd actually never read this before, and it's just delightful. So much of it has become iconic, but it's still quite an endearing portrait of the idealized boyhood, the way the mundanities of life seem to stretch out into elaborate adventures and when sitting next to the girl you like is an experience all its own.
I read Huck Finn in high school like everyone else, and though it's a great book, this one is just more fun to read.