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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions) Revised ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0486400778
ISBN-10: 0486400778
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In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which sordid characters and violent incidents sometimes intruded. The tale powerfully appeals to both adult and young imaginations. Readers explore this memorable setting with a slyly humorous born storyteller as their guide.
Tom and Huck Finn conceal themselves in the town cemetery, where they witness a grave robbery and a murder. Later, the boys, feeling unappreciated, hide out on a forested island while the townspeople conduct a frantic search and finally mourn them as dead. The friends triumphantly return to town to attend their own funeral, in time for a dramatic trial for the graveyard murder. A three-day ordeal ensues when Tom and his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, lose their way in the very cave that conceals the murderer.
With its hilarious accounts of boyish pranks and its shrewd assessments of human nature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has captivated generations of readers of all ages.

About the Author

After the Civil War, Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) left his small town to seek work as a riverboat pilot. As Mark Twain, the Missouri native found his place in the world. Author, journalist, lecturer, wit, and sage, Twain created enduring works that have enlightened and amused readers of all ages for generations.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 260 (What's this?)
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (January 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486400778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486400778
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the best books I have ever read. The language,the thinking,the adventures-all of it was just incredible and enjoyable. The only thing this book needs is more pages! Mark Twain's skill in writing has created a book that all ages should read (or have it read to).Mark Twain reactivates the life and actions of a boy in the mid-1800's,and showed me that kids should be who they are- not what they will be. This is a classic for every generation to read and enjoy.
Mark Twain's,The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, tells about a boy loving and living his life to the fullest. Tom Sawyer is the kid that the world has seemed to forgotten. He is the kid who always get in trouble but continues to have fun with life. In this book, Tom does everything from being engaged, to watching his own funeral, to witnessing a [death] and finding treasure. Twain's creative character finds fun everywhere in his little town in Missouri, as do his friends. The storyline is basic, but it is a piece of the past that everyone should hold on to.
In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I learned mainly two things. The first thing I learned was that you can make life fun with just about anything if you use your imagination. Life is too short and precious to be wasted. I also learned that where you least expect it [help or protection], you might just get it. This book was just amazing-filled with unique characters, exciting events, and how a town can pull together to help those in need.
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If you absolutely can't afford a more expensive version, then by all means purchase this one. To anyone else, I would suggest that you pay a bit more. The book is cheaply made and poorly edited. The old adage "you get what you pay for" certainly applies here.
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127 years after its initial publication, Mark Twain's 'The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer' (1876) remains the definitive account of American boyhood. Bright, sassy, dauntless, charming, and shrewd, Tom embodies the archetype of every healthy, mischievous, and extroverted American boy.

The book's plot, probably better known to most readers today via cinematic versions of the story, is uncomplicated. Tom tricks and antagonizes his beloved, easily outraged Aunt Polly, develops a frustrating crush on young schoolmate Becky Thatcher, tricks his pals into doing his chores, reinvents himself as a pirate on the Mississippi, and, with Huckleberry Finn, runs afoul of Injun Joe when they unexpectedly witness a murder in a graveyard at midnight.

Like every good story with a traditional structure, the narrative offers a series of contrasts, here between the comfortable, familiar, sunlit world of St. Petersburg and the events that occur when curious Tom strips back daylight's veil and peers into the community's secret life.

Interestingly, with 'The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer,' the clever Twain was writing about present day (1880s) America, but simultaneously already portraying that era in nostalgic, sentimental terms.

Thus, today's readers may find in a double nostalgia in the novel: the first, their own, focused on a longing for America's mythological "simpler times," and the second a reflection of the homey, intimate, bumpkin-, eccentric- , and "character"-ridden American small town that Twain provided for the readers of his own era.

By writing so powerfully about boyhood, Twain offers readers of all eras yet another powerful provocation towards nostalgia: that for one's own lost childhood, youthful initiations, and passages from innocence into adulthood.
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Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (hereafter "Tom Sawyer") is much more than a superficially fun and episodic chronicle of a rascally misbehaving kid's experiences in a Missouri town because, well, Tom is much more than a rascally misbehaving kid. Although he is indifferent to stuffy and pedantic academic and religious studies, Tom has lots of native intelligence and motivational leadership qualities. For example, of course, he employs "reverse psychology" in the classic fence-painting sequence, but he also leads groups of kids in playing war games, Robin Hood (the tale and language of which he has eagerly absorbed), and even truant pirates on a remote Mississippi River isle. Tom can even be boldly truthful, as when he overcomes his fear of retribution from "Joe" and testifies in court that he witnessed "Joe" murder young Dr. Robinson, a graverobbing co-conspirator, and frame a second co-conspirator Muff Potter for the crime.

Tom even has earnest, if sometimes clumsy and fickle, romantic aspirations. His "abandonment" of his `engagement" to Amy Lawrence in favor of "Becky Thatcher" attests to that. Like those of soap opera lovers, their courtship is erratic, flirtatious, off-and-on, and even vindictive until Tom proves his gallantry by taking the painful rap for Becky Thatcher's accidental damage of the schoolmaster's anatomy book. He becomes even more of a gallant, resourceful, composed hero by comforting Becky and himself after getting lost in the labyrinthine cave they were playing in and devising a stratagem (tying a string so they don't let lost in the maze, as Theseus did when entering the Minotaur's maze) to get out.

Tom also certainly knows how to attract attention and admiration.
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