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Tom Sawyer in Hell Paperback – January 16, 2010
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Black writes pungent prose stocked with colorfully etched characters and has a knack for evocative landscapes. --Kirkus Discovery Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
Peter Black states his vision of this book as follows: 'All life is a series of stories and Tom Sawyer in Hell is mine. The narrative follows the misadventures of a naive young man who has optimistic expectations about life that rapidly go south as he makes his way through three colleges on two coasts, courts and jails and small town lawyers, strip clubs, a gig as a Park Avenue doorman, hopelessness, psychopharmacology, absurdity, and the struggle to land a corporate job.' That is enough of a description of the content of the story.Read more ›
This is a tale about growth and becoming an adult in modern society. It is about learning to play the game we are all a part of.
The kindle version contains many grammatical errors, not sure how they missed them.
First time author Peter Black created an interesting coming of age story. I cannot tell if this is biography or not. The Journey seem like ON THE ROAD essays which connect and disconnect at different times of the book.
It is an interesting book for you are ready to take the journey of reading it
Graduating from high school having met and exceeded all expectations, Peter sets off to into the world. Now on his own, the book become a roller coaster ride through his early years as he seeks to make sense of the illogical behavior of friends, faculty, and authorities. How a person with such a solid core of values and education combined with the self discipline of the martial arts can so quickly become at odds with nearly every situation he engages is one of the questions waiting to be answered as you move through the book.
Ultimately for me the book is about the broken promise our families, teachers and society in general make; that if we do as we are told and work hard and honestly we are assured success, only to find that we are truly on our own in a perilous world where the truly authentic are few and far between.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor kid. His parents pay for five years of college. He is forced to suffer the consequences of his poor choices. Other people don't like him. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Lesia Smith
If Peter Black ever writes another book, and has it edited professionally, then I think we can say that we have witnessed the literary birth of a fine young writer. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by John Kwok
This must be a self-published book. It is chock full of grammatical and spelling errors, at least in the Kindle edition. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Jax John
Tom Sawyer in Hell is a well written narrative that depicts the coming of age of an adolescent male as he steps beyond the veil of the adult world and is greeted with all the... Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Lelizabeth
The issues Black raises in this book are very pertinent to the world of college students mortified by life-after-college as well as graduates floundering in our failing economy. Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Joshua Lavender
I enjoyed reading this book on Kindle for PC. What an entertaining book! It's not as crude as 'The Average American Male' but it reads similarly; the authors have the same style. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Elizabeth J. Stoughton
The story begins with hope pinned on the sleeve of a bright student wanting to roll into the American Dream, but what he finds is a simulation of college life that isn't living up... Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by T. C. Boese
This is a great book and works on many levels. It operates like a coming of age tale in that it explores the life of a young man growing up and finding an identity through... Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by Gwendolyn Noles