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Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective (Mark Twain Library) Paperback – June 7, 1983

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"One of the great scholarly enterprises of the century. . . . If you want to enjoy, and to understand fully, the genius of Mark Twain, the California editions are the only texts to have." "London Telegraph [Michael Shelden]

Product Details

  • Series: Mark Twain Library (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (June 7, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520045610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520045613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American humorist, satirist, social critic, lecturer and novelist. He is mostly remembered for his classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kenney on February 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was surprised to discover the existance of these two books: Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer Detective. Apparently, they were both very popular back when they were first published, in the late 1890s, but have become mostly forgotten. They're more novellas than anything; Detective isn't even 100 pages long. The illustrations are really good, and I plan on buying the other volumes in the Mark Twain Library, each of which include the original illustrations that were present in the first editions. Both Abroad and Detective are entertaining, but they're not in the mold of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. You know how in Huckleberry Finn, Huck goes through all these little misadventures, all the while growing up and gaining all kinds of wisdom, and then in the end, the book takes a harsh turn and goes back to the juvenile exploits of Tom Sawyer, when he and Huck try to free Jim? It's like the end of the book really doesn't have much to do with the rest of it, it's just Huck and Tom doing dumb, yet funny, kid stuff. Well, both Abroad and Detective are like that; only very occasionally do you get any of Huck's unique flashes of insight. Jim himself only appears in Abroad, which is a fantasy tale in which he, Tom, and Huck happen to be kidnapped onto a high-tech balloon (!) and go across the Atlantic to Africa. There's really not much of a plot or resolution, they just float along over the desert, Tom tells them about the Arabian Nights, and Jim gets stranded on the head of the Sphinx for a little while. Abroad picks up not long after the events in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and apparently Detective picks up not long after Abroad, though the events that transpired in Abroad are never mentioned in Tom Sawyer, Detective.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on February 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book picks up right after the hallaballo has died down from Tom and Huck's triumphal return. Tom kinda craves notoriety as he competes for the unofficial title of Hannibal's First Traveler. Kidnapped by a mad inventor Tom, Huck and Jim
find themselves sailing in a hot-air balloon. They eventually realize that they are alone over the Atlantic, but when they sight land, it is not Europe! This first-person story is narrated with youthful zest and slangy vocabulary by an admiring Huck, so that he can praise Tom's leadership skills and power of argument.
The three unprepared argonauts finally understand that they are floating over the vast Sahara Desert, where they experience a variety of adventures--interspersed with juvenile deductions and lively debate. Their challenges are right out of the Arabian Nights: no magic lamp or genies, but Twain serves up caravans, lions, mirages, warring Bedouin tribes, and a devastating sand storm. All this action is spiced with his wry humor, as he slips in snide remarks about more serious social issues (spoken through the mouths of babes). Although this tale is Plot Lite, there's plenty of lively dialogue, as the boys argue using kid logic, while indulging in youthful dreams of sudden fortune. A fun read with sly social criticism. But really, Mark Twain--tigers--in Africa?
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Mark Twain's 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its 1884 follow-up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are two of American literature's most famous works and the latter one of its most acclaimed. It may thus seem strange that 1894's Tom Sawyer Abroad and 1896's Tom Sawyer, Detective are now almost obscure. The truth is that this is not entirely undeserved. Huck Finn is a masterpiece of world literature, and anyone expecting them to be anywhere near it will be sorely disappointed. They lack the more famous work's seriousness and ambitiousness, making them inevitably minor. However, like nearly everything else Twain wrote, they are eminently readable, very entertaining, and often funny. Fans of Twain's lighter work, especially Tom Sawyer, will love them, and there is something for all to appreciate it. They are notable for taking the series and its characters in surprising new directions, for example leaving the rural South for distant Egypt in Abroad and adding character development in both. Though not great literary works in other respects, they perform surprisingly well in the latter area. Those eager for more adventures from Tom, Huck, and Jim will certainly warm to them. Like the book that bears his name, they are narrated by Huck with all his delightfully provincial grammar and spelling; "prostitution" for "prosecution" in Detective's court scene is my laugh aloud favorite. His naïveté and ignorance also come into play in skillfully unprecedented ways, particularly in Detective.

The two novels are now often packaged together, which makes sense in many ways. Both are short - about one hundred pages each - and of course have many of the same characters and numerous other similarities.
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By Keith on August 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Tom Sawyer Detective. I wasn't expecting much because I had also read Tom Sawyer Abroad prior to this and the plot was so improbable that I was bored with it and it dragged along. This one was about the same length but I enjoyed it much more. Both books displayed Mark Twains great wit and made me laugh but this story wasn't as far fetched and the plot moved along at a good pace. Lovers of Tom and Huck should love this.i read the free kindle version which was formatted pretty e
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