"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is the first of Mark Twain's novels to feature one of the best-loved characters in American fiction, with a critical introduction by John Seelye in "Penguin Classics". From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is redolent of ...
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is the first of Mark Twain's novels to feature one of the best-loved characters in American fiction, with a critical introduction by John Seelye in "Penguin Classics". From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A sombre undercurrent flows through the high humour and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality - base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his illuminating introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain's impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain's writing. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) trained as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river; 'Mark Twain', a phrase used on riverboats to indicate that the water is two fathoms deep, became the pseudonym by which he was best known. After the Civil War, Twain turned to journalism, publishing his first short story in 1865. Dubbed 'the father of American literature' by William Faulkner, Twain led a colourful life of travelling, bankruptcy and great literary success. If you enjoyed "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", you may like Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", also available in "Penguin Classics". "The hero is one of the most endearing in literature". ("Daily Telegraph").
This book is a great read. It was delivered quickly and in good condition.
Jul 27, 2013
Humor, Mischief, and Adventure
Written in 1876, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic story about a mischievous boy in mid-nineteenth century Missouri. According to author Mark Twain, these adventures are based on his personal experiences. Tom Sawyer and his friends get into all sorts of mischief; the boys even attend their own funeral! Twain capably develops some of the most famous characters in American literature; these include Aunt Polly, Becky Thatcher, and Tom Sawyer's friend Huckleberry Finn. I found myself laughing out loud during several parts of the book. With humor and/or adventure on every page, strong character development, realistic dialogue, and a fast-moving plot, this is classic American literature at its best. Now, I look forward to reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!
Jul 7, 2011
The novel is in perfect condition, I recommend 100%
Oct 11, 2007
"The Adentures of Tom Sawyer" is more child frindly than the Huckleberry Fin book. Considerably shorter Tom Sawyer is full of more charm. Tom is an old fashioned bad boy. His antics are amusing and high spirited. Some of the jokes are outdated. but still possesses a charm. Some younger readers might not appreciate the old time humor. This is a great read.
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