- Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Prestwick House Inc. (January 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580495834
- ISBN-13: 978-1580495837
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,337 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a rambling series of vignettes that seem to all take place in about a years span of Tom's childhood. He lives with his brother Syd, Cousin Amy and their Aunt Polly in a village along the Mississippi in the hey days of the riverboats and water transportation and the Pre Civil War era. Tom is intrepid and mischievous and he's a fun scamp to go along with. Many of his adventures are light and easily dealt with like talking a bunch of boys into getting him through his chore punishment, first crush, pretend games and late night outings, but there is a dangerous adventure that brings Tom and Huck to witness a murder and encounter some dangerous thieves.
I think I appreciated this more as an adult than I did as a kid. It's rather nostalgic and I can see why Twain would call it his Ode to Boyhood. Those days are long gone when boys- when kids played like this so it was a delight. Makes me want to instantly grab up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Reading this story for a third time I can say it’s not one that, for me, stands up to re-reading. I’d rather keep it in that section of my brain that was still naïve to so many things in the world. The me that read this book while I was still innocent, so to speak.
I remember being very bothered by the language used when I first read this book. Now I appreciate the author’s use of correct language and dialects for the time he was writing about. I still don’t like it, there are many words I would never use myself, but it’s true to the time.
If you’ve never read this book, I strongly encourage you to pick it up. It’s not long and it’s really a wonderful piece of classic American literature. But if you read it years ago and remember it fondly, it may not hold up to your more adult (and dare I say cynical) views of today.
***Note: Since the Amazon reviews seem to be for all of the editions of the book I want to let you know that I read the Kindle version of the Wisehouse publication and had no problems with missing pages or bad formatting.
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Lots of death and murder. Sad a little funny
Just a little to short but overall 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Still a classic