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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

by Mark Twain

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Twain's bold themes are wonderfully depicted in this novel where Tom gets into all sorts of mischief. I love Twain's literary style and humor. Worth reading it at least once, if not more. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
i absolutely loved it! ( )
  Platicorn | Sep 6, 2014 |

I had forgotten how episodic it is, but it adds up to a sympathetic portrayal of a community from the point of view of a teenager whose active imagination sometimes spills over into reality with dramatic effect. High points for comedy are the two particularly religion-related scenes, the sermon and rthe prize for Biblical knowledge; for human drama, there are the two occasions where Tom's wandering off base, to the island or to the caves, has serious real-world impacts. I'm a bit surprised that it's generally remembered as a book for children; it seems more like a book intended to be read aloud by adults in a family setting. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 5, 2014 |
I love Mark Twain. I loved The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and I loved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Maybe it is because I am a boy and I still like the ideas of doing such boyish things. It’s a classic adventure story that includes a group of boys crashing their own funeral, cave exploring, treasure hunting, and crushes. I love reading Twain because it captures an era long gone, and beautifully, even if it is captured a bit romantically. The boys are lovable in their innocence and trickeries-- at the end of the book, I really miss them. Thank goodness for Huck Finn, but I still wish Twain had revisited these characters later in his career. They are simply that good.

It’s hard for me not to compare Tom Sawyer to Huck Finn. Huck Finn is clearly the more refined and meaningful piece of work, but Adventures of Tom Sawyer works within the same vein. Yet it’s not as funny as Huck Finn, and it is not as deep as Huck Finn. The story is simpler, but when its Mark Twain, who cares? And thankfully, Tom is a lot less annoying then he is in Huck Finn, which if you have ever read the last few sections of the book, you may understand what I mean.

Regardless, this book is one of my favorites. If you liked Huckleberry Finn, then chances are that you will like Tom Sawyer, but be aware that this book is more light-hearted and contains much less social commentary than the former. ( )
  sighedtosleep | Sep 1, 2014 |
Tom Sawyer, orphaned and living with his Aunt Polly, befriends Huck Finn, the son of the town drunk. They, along with some of their friends, share in youthful adventures of a time and place when it was safe to romp around without adult supervision nearby. 19th century Missouri was also a time and place where racism still existed. Some will object to the terminology being used to refer to those of other ethnicities, but it can provide a good springboard for discussion if used with students about why those terms are no longer socially acceptable and about how social norms evolve. The story line with Becky Thatcher is also an interesting one that should generate discussion among readers. This was a re-read for me. It's a classic tale that while dated in some respects will probably continue to be enjoyed for some time to come. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jul 22, 2014 |
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Twain, Markprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baender, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooks, BruceForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DeVoto, BernardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dietz, NormanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dufris, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraley, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, Jean CraigheadIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gerber, John C.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagon, GarrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kazin, AlfredAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, JarkkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKay, DonaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minton, HaroldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tom Sawyer is about a young mischievous boy who has many adventures. This story is about boyhood and growing up. Although some of the adventures can become very serious, this story is filled with humorous situations.  I enjoyed this book because it made me laugh and it's is just an all around fun story to read.
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From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality—base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain’s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain’s writing.

This new edition includes a new text and, for the first time, explanatory notes

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A boy in the river town of Hannibal, Missouri runs off and has a lot of adventures.

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