- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: AmazonClassics (June 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542047420
- ISBN-13: 978-1542047425
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,337 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (AmazonClassics Edition)
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About the Author
Known best by his pen name, American novelist and humorist Mark Twain (1835–1910) grew up as Samuel L. Clemens in the tiny town of Hannibal, Missouri. His home on the Mississippi River inspired his classic novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which showcase and skewer the American South through coming-of-age stories that challenge cultural norms.
Twain’s own life was filled with adventures—he joined the Confederate Army, prospected for gold, and piloted a steamboat on the Mississippi before becoming a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. There, he honed the colorful, witty storytelling style that would make him one of America’s most beloved authors. A short story about mining camp life—“Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”—gave Twain his first big break. He went on to write The Innocents Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
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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