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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

by Mark Twain, Mark Twain

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It took me long enough to read this, but very little surprised me. So much gets lost in the short-shelf-life of children's pop culture, but somehow Tom Sawyer remains a constant. Twain writes with thick nostalgia of a simpler time and of childhood. Of course, Tom Sawyer is a pale candle compared to Huckleberry Finn, but as a book for children it almost stands a fighting chance against the newcomers of the genre. Unlike many other books written over a hundred years destined for kid's hands it is never insipid and a reader unfamiliar with its imitators will enjoy the adventures and the child-logic of Tom and Huck.

I did say almost. I don't like the idea of limiting access to any books based on perceived appropriateness, but the chance of harm is real in this one. There are some deep-rooted racial pitfalls in this book, for instance, Huck's declaring he's never known a black person who wouldn't lie and, uh, the whole aura surrounding Injun Joe completely apart from the murdering. There's also the romancing of Becky Thatcher. Even if you change some of the wording there are problems with the text that will be a challenge to put in the right context for a younger reader. If a teacher or parent is up to that challenge, they can go right ahead, but the whitewash ain't gonna cover this fence.

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Do not know why this book escaped my childhood. As an old man I found it entertaining and delightful. A true classic with charm, capturing the time and place with gritty reality. We still bear the twisted mentality of the profiling bequeathed by such stories. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
Tom is an endearing character. He is smart, mischievous, adventurous and causes a lot of trouble for his aunt. But he is kind and loves his aunt. He protects his 'girlfriend' by covering for her, owning up to something he didn't do. And you can't help laughing at some of his antics, for example persuading his friends to whitewash the wall for him. I suppose this is why this book is a classic. ( )
  siok | Feb 3, 2019 |
One of the greatest books I have ever read! It made me long to be a child again, though I was nowhere near as imaginative as Tom or Huck. ( )
  caseybp | Dec 6, 2018 |
A humorous and adventure-filled homage to boyhood in a bygone era, when ticks, marbles, dead cats on a string and playing Robin Hood were the ultimate entertainment. Boys wanted to go outside - and enjoyed the graphics for its own sake. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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Twain, Markprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Twain, Markmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Badia, AngelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baender, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bolian, PollyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooks, BruceForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cameron, Elise M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Canilli, A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carner, JosepTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Simone, MarcoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DeVoto, BernardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Diambra, TitoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dietz, NormanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dufris, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraley, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gerber, John C.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagon, GarrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kazin, AlfredAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krüger, LoreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, JarkkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lladó, José MaríaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Looy, Rein vanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKay, DonaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minton, HaroldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nohl, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peck, H. DanielIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rockwell, NormanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seelye, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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To MY WIFE, this book is affectionately dedicated
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Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try pleasantly to remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.
"TOM!" No answer. "TOM!" No answer. "What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!" No answer.
He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it—namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
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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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143039563, Paperback)

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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