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Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894)

by Mark Twain

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Short review: I liked this much more than The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Looking forward to reading Tom Sawyer Detective. ( )
  Robert.Zimmermann | Oct 7, 2013 |
To sum it all into one phrase, "Where did that come from?" ( )
  capiam1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
To sum it all into one phrase, "Where did that come from?" ( )
  smcamp1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
In the book "Tom Sawer" a boy named Tom lives in the state of Mississippi in the year 1876. Tom is constantly getting into trouble and has genious ways to get out of them. When he was told by his aunt to paint her fence white, he convinsed his friend Joe that it was fun and made him do it. In school Tom met a new student named Becky how he instantly falls in love with. After trying to show off and convincing her to be ingaged with him, she finds out that he was already ingaged a while ago and breaks his hearts by spliting up with him. Out raged and felling that nobody loves him, he desides to become a pirate and live free without worrying about girls and going to boring sunday school. When he tells Hucklberry Fin and Joe about the leave, they join him and become pirates. To make them selves unseen that build a raft and diside to live John Island that no one els lived on. After stealing ham and bacon, and exploring the island, the boys grew home sick and woundered if enyone missed them. Just to be sure, Tom visited his aunts house secretly and found her weaping with agony. Everyone in the town though the drowned in the river which cause all the suffering of his aunt. When the boys said that they would go to the funeral for them on Friday, they kept thinking how missrable the town is without them their. Once they arrived his aunt rushed to his side and cried out for joy. For days the town rejoyced, but after a few weeks the event was long forgotten. When Tom took Becky's punishment for ripping the school master's book, she forgave Tom and accepted him again. One night when Tom and Huck went to the grave yard to call on evil spirits, they saw Injun Joe was their with Muff Potter Injun murdured a man since he diffied him and gave the knife to drunk Muff to make the sheirf think he did it. When he was put on trial Tom stated he saw Injun do it and Injun crashed through the window to escape. When he wasn't found Tom and Huck became very freightened of the situation and constantly tried to lay low. When they felt the urge to find buried treasure, the searched a haunted house to see if they could find some. But as soon as they begain searching Injun Joe came in with a box that contained thousands of dollars and he planed to travel to Texas in a couple of days so he can seek his fortune. When the gang saw that book they were deturmened as ever to find it's hidding place and take it for themselves. When Joe menchened the number 2 they searched the nearest hotel until they found a 2 on the door. When they found it was unlocked, they saw Injun with beer bottels every where but the didn't enter fearing they might wake him. When he disappired again they decided to enjoy Becky's party in the cave instead of worrying about him. But when Becky and Tom went too deep into the cave they became very lost and candels and food ran out. When they were about to lose hope the found Injun Jones for a second and later found the entrence to the cave. When Tom told Huck were he found the treasure hiding spot the tried to go into they cave but found someone put a door on it. Right on the other side of the entrence was Injun dead from starvation in the cave. After they body was buried they traveled into the cave until they found a cross that located the treasure. After they took the fifty pound box up, Huck and Tom became rich with money. Huck grew tired of money and tried to run away because the servents made him wear fancy cloaths, shoes, and he had to eat with a knife and fork, and go to school. But Tom told Huck that he was very lucky to have such a life and that he would talk to the servents and make them tweck things up for him abit.

This book is going on my list of classics I want to read. It is very inspiring and tells a good deal of what life was like back then. Unlike today people didn't have cars to travel and didn't take big trips to other places. They were more strick about going to church and having the children remember verses in the bible. They didn't have tv and had to find ways to entertian themself as well. Also if people comited murder instead of going to jail they would be hanged when found guilty too. 1876 is a very alian world compaired to ours now. ( )
  tatertot84 | Jun 9, 2011 |
This is the Tom Sawyer book people have not heard of. With good reason!

Tom Sawyer is a wonderful story of life in the 19th Century deep south of America, with an engaging protaganist.

Huck Finn is a classic of American literature, taking the setting of Tom Sawyer, adding a raft trip and plenty of issues over slavery, justice and other such wieghty matter in an engaging story.

Tom Sawyer abroad takes those characters, sticks them in a balloon with Jim, the freed slave, sends them on an unbelievable journey across the world, and for me breaks the spell. Books create a kind of contract with the reader. Huck Finn says "believe in me - this is how it was". Tom Sawyer abroad breaks that contract.

On the other hand, if it were a standalone book with different characters it would be a good "boy's own adventure" I think.

There were some good points though. Mark Twain has a trademark humour, which still shines through in this work. Poor Huck Finn keeps complaining about the map being a liar because states are not the colour they are shown on the map, and lines of longitude cannot actually be found on the earth!

And there is more of the philosophy wrapped in an engagingly young understanding of the world in, for instance, the discussion of the Holy Land.

Whether the book is worth reading or not is hard to say. It is still a book with merit - it just messes up the Tom Sawyer canon a little, sadly. ( )
  sirfurboy | May 29, 2009 |
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This rollicking adventure novel brings back Twain's best-loved characters--Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and the freed slave Jim--for a balloon trip around the world. Escaping civilization and Aunt Polly once again, this lively tale of far-off exploits is, as Twain wrote, "a story that will not only interest boys but any man who has ever been a boy, which immensely enlarges the audience." The book's comic tall tales and bold escapades are punctuated by a series of animated conversations among the three friends on topics that include the Crusades, religious toleration, racial discrimination, the limitations of maps, and the fine art of cursing. Tom and Jim rescue a child from brigands. Jim finds himself alone atop the Sphinx with an American flag. Adventure, burlesque, and serious commentary on society and its failings make Tom Sawyer Abroad an engaging and memorable book.

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Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn set off to see the unveiling of a futuristic airship, only to be kidnapped by its mad inventor. When the inventor goes overboard in a storm, it's up to them to take control of the airship as it heads out over the ocean toward the unknown.… (more)

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