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Tom Sawyer is sure to find trouble wherever the river leads him…On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night in the graveyard they witness a murder. The boys make a blood oath never to reveal the secret, and they run away to be pirates in search of hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in aTom Sawyer is sure to find trouble wherever the river leads him…On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night in the graveyard they witness a murder. The boys make a blood oath never to reveal the secret, and they run away to be pirates in search of hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with scary Injun Joe, can he escape unharmed?This Puffin Classic includes a behind-the-scenes journey, including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more…...

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  • Nataliya
    2018-11-16 00:07

    I was five and a half years old when my mother gave me The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a New Year's gift (she is a literature teacher, and I have been reading novels since the tender age of four or so, and so it seemed appropriate).Being a diligent and serious¹ child (neither of those qualities have stuck with me, unfortunately), I opened it to page 1 and started reading. I even took it with me to kindergarten, where other kids were learning letters and I was mercifully allowed to read hefty tomes, having obviously achieved full literacy by that point.¹ Me (age 5) and Mom. The diligent seriousness is *all over* this picture. This book initially left me quite confused, but I was undeterred - after all, the world was a confusing place, full of adults and rules and great books - even those without pictures. (And I was very proud to own books without pictures, after all). But his one was just too strange - its beginning did not quite fit with the rest of the quite fun story - it was odd and dry and incomprehensible for the first 40 pages or so, and it even was about some other guy (Samuel Clemens?) who was not Tom Sawyer.A few years later I reread my early childhood favorite (I probably reached a ripe old age of eight or so, still diligent but a bit less serious already). It was then that I figured out what seemed strange about the beginning of this book when I was five.You see, I diligently slogged my way through the most boring academic foreword, assuming that was the first chapter. What amazes me that I managed to stay awake through it. Good job, five-year-old me! Excellent preparation for that painfully boring biochemistry course a couple of decades later!After that foreword, slogging through any classic was a comparative breeze. Yes, I'm looking at you, War and Peace! You know what you did, you endless tome.Also, as it turns out, when you include two characters named Joe in one book (Injun Joe and Tom's classmate Joe Harper) that can cause a certain amount of confusion to a five-year-old who assumes they have to be the same person and struggles really hard to reconcile their seemingly conflicting characters. And, as a side note, I have always been disappointed at Tom Sawyer tricking his friends to do the infamous fence whitewashing. A *real* kid knows after all that painting stuff is fun. Five-year-old me was a bit disapproving of the silliness. I have told bits and pieces of this book to my friends on the playground, while dangling from the monkey bars or building sandcastles (in a sandbox, that in retrospect I suspect was used by the neighborhood stray cats as a litterbox - but I guess you have to develop immunity to germs somehow). We may have planned an escape to an island in a true Tom Sawyer fashion, but the idea fizzled. After all, we did not have an island nearby, which was a problem. Also, we may have got distracted by the afternoon cartoons.Someday, I just may have to leave this book within a reach of my future hypothetical daughter - as long as I make sure it does not come with a long-winded boring introduction.

  • AhmadEbaid
    2018-11-12 01:07

    عن مغامرات الطفل الشقي توم سوير وأصدقاءهThe adventures of naughty little boy, Tom Sawyer and his friends.You won't believe it wrote 150 years ago,as Mark Twain's procedure is simple and fluid. He do not show off with language techniques or dictionary's vocabulary. just adventures and events, no silly metaphors an enjoyable novel that i have read at one session On starting reading "Huckleberry Finn", I knew that it was the second part of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", so I went back to the first part, since I have a spare time لن تصدق أن هذه الرواية كتبت قبل 150 عام تقريباًفأسلوب مارك توين سهل سلسولا يستخدم تلك الأساليب اللغوية التي تقوم على الاستعراض بمدى إلمام الكاتب بمفردات القاموسمغامرات وأحداث، لا استعراض للتشبيهات اللفظية،رواية مسلية جدا، أنا قرأتها في قعده واحدة تقريباً.عندما بدأت في قراءة مغامرات هاكلبري فين علمت أنها إنما كانت تعد الجزء الثاني لمغامرات توم سوير، فاستحسنت أن أبدأ بقراءة الجزء الأول مادام لدي المتسع من الوقت.وهذه هي آخر كلمات الجزء الأول قبل أن يخطر له كتابة جزء تاني عن صديق بطل الجزء الأول، فلم يعط الجزء الأول نهاية لعله يلقانا ثانية:

  • Petra X
    2018-11-14 23:08

    Update All we need now is a "lost" manuscript by Twain to be found by some lawyer with the story being about an adult Tom Sawyer and this book being the one the editor "forced" Twain to write. I know you are probably thinking that is taking Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman to far, but what if that was just the beginning of a new initiative from publishers. It could be the latest fashion now no-one is interested in vampires any more?__________What happened to Tom after he grew up was asked in a review by a friend. Thinking back on the times, his character and the author, I've come up with three possible ideas.1. He became a bank manager and magistrate in a very small town. He married Becky and both put on a lot of weight. They had no children but three yappy toy spaniels whom they doted on. Mas Thomas Sawyer allowed no leeway with naughty boys and the cane was much in use.2. Tom with Huck and Jim found a treasure trove and were given a big reward. Aunt Polly invested it until Tom was 21. Tom, Huck and Jim bought a steamboat together, converted it into a casino and plyed the Mississipi offering Black Jack and Jack Daniels at every stop.3. At 18, Tom ran away to New Orleans and took up with a beautiful Creole woman with pale coffee skin and became a preacher in a loudly charismatic church. He and his wife had a whole brood of multi-coloured kids whom they named for the virtues, Abstinence, Doughty, Chastity, Patience, Industrious and Worship. In later life he met Marie Laveau and went to the dark side, a confirmed believer in Voodoo.Or...

  • Lisa
    2018-12-03 02:15

    So, my daughter just started reading Tom Sawyer for the very first time, and I am jealous of her!First of all, she can read it in original, while I read it in translation as a child. Second, I wish I could still have that immediate, surprised response to the silly situations. About every five minutes, she comes into my room, reading out loud some funny quotes, making the scenes come alive in my memory again. The fight between the two boys threatening with their fake big brothers, followed by the famous selling of the honour to take over Tom's Saturday chore -the fence white washing, and so on, and so on. All that humorous content is being quoted in a voice broken by giggles. Her favourite new expression is "the terms of the next disagreement agreed upon", as used in the context of the deadly serious war games that Tom Sawyer engages in. She's completely mesmerised, and she hasn't even got to the scary parts yet, or to the budding love affair.There is magic in a children's classic that can make mothers and daughters laugh together at the silliness of naughty boys, and at the fact that very little has changed in the dynamics of childhood friendships, despite the time that has passed since the novel was written.It has just the right mix of exotic, historical appeal and universal human behaviour to make a perfect introduction into world literature.

  • Doug
    2018-11-29 18:54

    My all-time favorite work of fiction. I usually read this every summer.As a fourth grader I read this book and took it very seriously. It was my dream to build a raft and go adventuring. Actually I did build the raft, but there was not enough water in the creek.My other great ambition was to come marching into my own funeral. I still think that would be fun. When I read about Tom taking a licking for Becky Thatcher in school and sharing his cake with her in the cave, I thought that was incredibly chivalrous and how things ought to be. Because I read this book when I was young & before I understood much of the humor, I think it shaped the way I think in many ways.As an adult, I have re-read this book several times and love its timeless humor. The descriptions of a little kid at church are totally relevant today. I have learned that this book is primarily a light-hearted book written about children, but for adults.

  • James
    2018-11-13 20:20

    Book Review4+ out of 5 stars for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a classic novel written in 1876 by Mark Twain. Another book where there are likely tons of reviews, each covering the plot, summary, characters, writing and themes. I'll try not to do that, but instead a few quick hits on what made me like this one so much. An author's job is difficult. You undoubtedly have hundreds of ideas and images swimming around inside your head. You may want to try to correct a wrong in society. You could be highlighting all the things that people should be aware of. It might be an opportunity to share a dream or wild imagination with readers. Mark Twain is all of those things tied together with a big, beautiful bow. He understands how to write. He knows how people read. He doesn't care about either enough to worry what he does in his novels. And I don't mean that in a critical or accusatory way. I mean that it all just pours out of him regardless of his audience, as he just naturally builds a wonderful story full of memories. With a setting like the Mississippi River, characters like Tom and Huck, messages like "how do you grow up to be a good man" threaded throughout the story, it couldn't possibly fail. I'm not even covering the themes around slavery and freedom, men and women, skin color, age, relationships... it's purely a theory on how to live your life so that you know what to expect, when to expect it and how to react. So much more I could say... but the best I could leave you with is... this is the kinda book everyone needs to read as we will all take something very different from it. Sometimes we will be angry that Twain didn't do enough, considering how brilliant he was, to help support the causes going on at the time he wrote this. Others praise him for shining a light on what was happening. It's controversial, diverse and thought-provoking. That's why to read it -- to engage in a discourse where you can feel free to share your opinion and understand every else's feelings, too.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Evgeny
    2018-12-08 19:08

    Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark TwainThe above quote comes straight from the preface of the book and I really cannot add anything else to it; I would not dare to add anything to what was said by the undisputed and best-known worldwide classic of USA literature. For people that have been living under a rock and thus have no idea what the book is about I will give a very brief description of the plot: it is about a life of a young boy in early ninetieth century who lived in Missouri in a small town on Mississippi river.I lost count of the number of times I read this book when I was a young boy, but I have not touched the book since. I was afraid my rereading of it as an adult would not be as good. I was almost right: this time the novel was not that good by a tiny little degree. I did find some author's thoughts and passages I missed when I was a kid and most of the scenes were almost as good as I remember them. I challenge anybody to read the whole scene of famous whitewashing of Aunt Polly's fence, or one of her cat and pain-killer and keep a serious face without any attempts at smiling - at least. Had this been my first read ever I would have given it 4.5 stars, but with all of my happy childhood memories this classic gets undisputed highest rating.

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2018-11-21 01:54

    How many people get to crash their funeral?Is it sort of weird that I want to do this? I mean it would be such a fun surprise for people or bad depending on what they thought of you. Imagine going to the funeral of your sworn enemy and then he bursts through the door, you’d be so disappointed or as equally amazed if you just buried your best friend and he turns up to say hi. It something to ponder at least, other than that this book is pretty shit. I mean the narrative structure is a mess, the dialogue is appalling (please note I said dialogue, and not dialect,) and the characters are pretty flat. This book really isn’t all that. The plot is very up and down; it doesn’t flow like a well-structured novel should. It’s like Twain ran out of steam at certain points and had to push in some awkwardly clunky event to get the plot moving again. It didn’t feel like a natural course of events. And this brings be back to the dialogue. Tom’s aunty, I forget her name, had some real terrible sections that were so packed full of pointlessness. It was dull, so very dull. I really didn’t get a lot out of it.Tom Sawyer, so called bad-boy of American literary culture, your story was disappointing.

  • Fabian
    2018-12-12 02:07

    Been a while since Huck Finn, & I finally got around to reading this, a certain preparation text for the Mississippi River classic. This one is considered far inferior, and it is. Although, I must admit, the opening is stronger and the adventures are more varied. There is substantially more comedy in this, more of a dabbling with the picaresque—far more enjoyable then. But Huckleberry has a more pervasive pathos than this one: overall, a stronger sense of the loneliness experienced one lazy Sunday afternoon in the deep lost gone-now South...

  • Carmen
    2018-11-27 20:21

    "Looky-here, Tom, being rich ain't what it's cracked up to be. It's just worry and worry, and sweat and sweat, and a-wishing you was dead all the time."This book is great. I hadn't read it in years, and found it just as good as the previous times I've read it. An American classic by the late, great Mark Twain.Tom Sawyer isn't really a bad kid although he's always painted and remembered as a little troublemaker, the truth is he has a strong conscience and a strong moral compass. Sure he'll "hook" doughnuts, sugar, and jam from his put-upon Aunt Polly and play hooky from school, but I couldn't believe how good and brave he was in general. He steps up and takes a whipping in his girl's place like a mensch, he stands up and tells the truth in a situation in which he literally could be murdered for doing so, etc. etc. Sure he basks in the fame and glory, and, um, feminine gratitude he receives after these acts, but that's okay. To be honest most people wouldn't be brave enough to perform these acts in the first place.The flirtations and dramas between Becky and Tom are BEYOND cute. OMG. Making each other jealous, giving each other little gifts and having tiny kissing is all part of the cute, drama-filled, very kid-like romance here and I was laughing out loud for most of it.Another super-fun thing about the book is all the free-range kids in it. The children are just turned loose and expected home for dinner. Much different than it is now, where children aren't even allowed to ride their bikes around the block. Also, with no TV, no movies, no phone, and no radio, it's interesting to see how children amused themselves in the 1800s. For instance, Joe and Tom have The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood memorized (MEMORIZED) and frequently run around the forest acting it out, each boy taking turns playing various parts. They also pretend to be pirates and hermits and explorers and discoverers a lot. There's also a fascination with animals (both alive and dead), sores and cuts, insects, knives and half-broken baubles on which great importance is placed.There's also the drama, Tom and Huck (view spoiler)[witness a murder (hide spoiler)] and that and the culprit's escape cause much tension and fear in the boys, elevating the book from backwoods games to more sinister stuff. It's not realistic, especially the ending where (view spoiler)[Tom and Huck end up with $6,000 each (hide spoiler)] but it makes for great fiction.Twain is funny and witty as usual.It's also funny and true about how the little boys are such drama-kings, always imagining themselves drowning and how sorrowful everyone will be when they're gone. They're frequently fantasizing about romantic, dramatic deaths that teach everyone a lesson in valuing them.Twain also perfectly captures the superstitious and steadfast beliefs that children have. One of the best parts of the book is when Tom and Huck watch Injun Joe lie to a whole group of people and Tom is just waiting... waiting... waiting... for lightning to strike him down. Lightning he is SURE is coming. And when it never comes, Huck and Tom are in awe and ABSOLUTELY convinced that Injun Joe has sold his soul to the devil, andThey inwardly resolved to watch him nights, when opportunity should offer, in the hope of getting a glimpse of his dread master.The relationship between Tom and his Aunt Polly is also touching. She loves him but scolds him on the hope he'll reform and walk a straighter path; he loves her very much but can't help struggling hard against the chaffing of her rules and decorum. However, that all being said. Would I read this to any child in my family? A black child in my family? A child in my family with a black parent and a non-black parent? No, I would not. If a child wants to pick this up (whether s/he loves it or discards it is her/his own business) then that's fine, but this would not be one I'd pick to read aloud at bedtime.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-12-07 22:22

    There are few children's stories as memorable for boys as Tom Sawyer. Whether it is pre-adolescent fascination with girls, getting away with not working, or a late night adventure - Tom Sawyer has it all in spades. My kid absolutely loves this book and we go back to it every few years over and over again. It is a true reading pleasure which you should absolutely not deprive yourself of.

  • Fernando
    2018-11-13 22:00

    Luego del estado de aturdimiento general en que me dejó el Ulises de James Joyce, necesitaba leer una novela que me despejara un poco la mente. Algo disfrutable, una historia agradable y que mejor que disfrutar de las aventuras de Tom Sawyer…Samuel Clemens, más conocido como Mark Twain, es un escritor que aprecio mucho. Sus cuentos y novelas son de una estética elevada, disfrutable y amena. Poseo un volumen de sus cuentos selectos, que estimo releer el año que viene y quería volver a leer este libro, algo que había hecho obviamente cuando era niño.Es que al leer Tom Sawyer sabía que esas aventuras me remitirían a los gloriosos días de mi infancia. ¿Quién no soñó con buscar tesoros escondidos cuando era niño? ¿Quién no se embarcó en aventuras sin medir el peligro, sin saber que lo que uno creía simple podía tener consecuencias que enojaba a nuestros padres? Bueno, Mark Twain nos lleva de la mano de Tom Sawyer, Joe Harper, Ben Rogers y otro famoso niño que este escritor aportaría al mundo de la literatura: Huckleberry Finn.Este libro es la antítesis de “El Señor de las Moscas”. Mientras que en ese libro, la amistad entre niños se tuerce en algo ominoso, cruel y despiadado, aquí es todo inocencia, alegría, amistad y aventura.Mark Twain, en una carta a un amigo y confidente literario afirma que “Las Aventuras de Tom Sawyer” ”No es un libro juvenil. En absoluto. Sólo será leído por adultos. Sólo está escrito para adultos.” Pero se equivocó. El libro fue un éxito instantáneo entre los niños, jóvenes y adultos de su época e increíblemente hoy lo sigue disfrutando de la misma manera lectores de todas las edades.En la edición de Penguin Clásicos que leí, un reconocido experto en Mark Twain, R. Kent Rasmussen, entabla una similitud entre Tom Sawyer y Harry Potter estableciendo varios puntos en común entre ambos personajes y posicionando a Harry Potter como un “descendiente literario” de Tom Sawyer, basándose en que tal vez J.K. Rowling se haya inspirado en el personaje de esta novela para atribuirles ciertas características al famoso niño mago. Entre otras, Rasmussen apunta que no es claro establecer la edad de Tom Sawyer. ¿Tal vez diez, once, doce años? Probablemente la edad de Potter al inicio de la saga. Otros aspectos que los emparentan es que son huérfanos, que son criados por la tía puesto que sus madres han muerto. El hermanastro de Tom, Sid se encuentra en algún punto en la posición Dudley, el primo malvado de Harry aunque este último no lo es tanto. Huck Finn es un poco como Ron Weasley, un chico incomprendido. Una especie de paria. Tom comparte muchas de sus aventuras con Becky Tatcher así como Harry con Hermione Granger y si hasta el indio Joe es como un prehistórico Voldemort: el personaje más malvado de la historia que atormenta al personaje principal.Existen muchas más similitudes entre ambos libros y personajes pero en esencia, Tom Sawyer encarna a todo aquel niño que llevamos dentro. Nos recuerda nuestra infancia con nostalgia y un poco de tristeza, pero también con la alegría de saber que la vivimos al máximo. Que fuimos niños despreocupados, felices y que, de alguna manera, siempre lo seremos. Está en nosotros mantener en nuestra vida de adultos esa frescura de la niñez en nuestros corazones y para ello existen libros como éste, “El Principito”, “Alicia en el País de las Maravillas”, “Huckleberry Finn” y tantos otros. Y así debería ser siempre.

  • Nathan
    2018-11-12 00:08

    There's not much that can be said about this book by a hack like me that would do it justice. Mark Twain was the first American writer to figure out how to turn the American vernacular into art, and he was the first historian to document how we talked. He also was a visionary who saw the problems of race and the problem racism would be in the future, and he tried to warn the future the only way he knew how: by writing about it then. He was gutsy and he was talented and he was hilarious, and this book captures it all. Tom Sawyer is the first truly American literary character, for better, worse, and all the in-between.NC

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-12-08 01:14

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark TwainThomas "Tom" Sawyer is the title character of the Mark Twain novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876). He appears in three other novels by Twain: "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884), "Tom Sawyer Abroad" (1894), and "Tom Sawyer, Detective" (1896).عنوانها: تام سایر؛ توم سایر؛ ماجراهای تام سایر؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه فوریه سال 1981 میلادیعنوان: تام سایر؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: محمدرضا جعفری؛ تهران، امیرکبیر - کتابهای طلائی - شماره 52، چاپ سوم 1354؛ در 36 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 19 معنوان: ماجراهای تام سایر (متن کوتاه شده)؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: جعفر مدرس صادقی؛ تهران، نشر مرکز، کتاب مریم، 1373؛ در 158 ص؛ شابک: 9643050696؛ عنوان دیگر: توم سایر؛چاپ سوم 1380؛ چاپ چهارم 1388؛ در 118 ص؛ عنوان: تام سایر؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: سودابه زرکف؛ تهران، آیینه، 1395؛ در 176 ص؛ شابک: 9786008098119؛عنوان: ماجراهای تام سایر؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: داود سالک؛ تهران، معیار علم، 1386؛ در 272 ص؛ شابک: 9789646651852؛ عنوان: ماجراهای تام سایر (متن کوتاه شده)؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: محسن سلیمانی؛ تهران، سوره، 1377؛ در 167 ص؛ مصورعنوان: ماجراهای تام سایر؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: مریم طیبی؛ ویراستار: سیدامیرمحمد آزادی نائینی، تهران، آتون کتاب، 1395؛ در 456 ص؛ شابک: 9786008388159؛مترجمین دیگر: مهدی علوی در 160 ص؛ احمد کسایی پور در 410 ص؛ گیومرث پارسای در 322 ص؛ فاطمه امینی 311 ص؛ سپهر شهلایی در 120 ص؛ شایسته ابراهیمی در 71 ص؛ لیلا سبحانی در 212 ص؛ غزاله ابراهیمی در 238 ص؛ مریم یعقوبی در 32 ص؛ و ....؛تام نمایندهٔ دنیای فوق‌ العاده و بی‌دغدغه ی پسرهای نوجوان پیش از جنگ داخلی آمریکا است. او همانند بسیاری از پسرهای آن زمان، بیشتر اوقات دوست دارد پابرهنه راه برود. بهترین دوستانش جو هارپر و هاکلبری فین هستند. در رمان ماجراهای تام سایر، او به یکی از همکلاسی‌هایش به نام ربه‌ کا (بکی) تاچر دل می‌بندد. او با برادر ناتنی‌ اش: سید، دخترخاله‌اش: مری، و خاله پولی، در شهر خیالی سن‌ پترزبورگ، در ایالت میسوری زندگی می‌کند. تام خاله ی دیگری هم به نام: سالی، دارد؛ که در شهر: پایکزویل، پایین رود می‌.سی‌.سی‌.پی زندگی می‌کند. مادر او (خواهر خاله پولی) از دنیا رفته‌ است. ا. شربیانی

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2018-12-03 21:09

    This coming of age novel is an important American classic because:1) It is the precursor for the bigger and more important Mark Twain novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.2) It is a historical fiction giving readers a glimpse of the laid back town's life in the mid to late 19th century. The town is called St. Petersburg that is based on Hannibal, Missouri, the hometown of Mark Twain. This book is basically a satire of the customs and superstitions that Americans practiced and believed during that time. Reading this is like watching an old black and white movie and appreciating how lives were lived in that part of the world during the time when Filipinos over here in my country were being maltreated by our Spanish colonizers. 3) During that time, slave owning was legal in that part of Mississippi river and although this novel, unlike "Huckleberry Finn," does not tackle black slavery head on but only as a backdrop, if you analyze the character of Injun Joe, he being a half-Indian, half-White, seems to foreshadow the racial issue depicted in "Huckleberry Finn."4) Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorn Clemens 1835-1910) made a breakthrough in the American literary scene with this book. There would not have been two "Tom Sawyer" sequels and "Huckleberry Finn" that is considered as The Great American Novel if this book was not written first.However, given the 4 reasons above, the book is first and foremost about a teenage boy Tom Sawyer particularly his gradual albeit erratic transformation from an immature mischievous boy to that of an conscientious adult. It is also about telling the truth even if it can cause your life. It is also about teenage love and what teenagers have to go through to discover the joys and pains of first love. Notice that these are universal truths. What you see happening in this book, published in 1876, is still what we are still seeing around us now. That makes this book still relevance to everyone.I love this book and can't wait to continue reading its sequel and said to be the more important one, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck is in this book but his character is of course not the main course. He is an orphan and the son of the town's drunkard. Tom Sawyer envies him because he is cool and he can do anything he wants without punishment. He appears mysterious and I think he will be stripped of this mysteriousness in the next book.In terms of reading, the book is not really an easy read because of the many colloquial terms that Mark Twain used. I found myself shuffling between the text and the appendix to find out words and phrases being used in that part of American during the 19th century. It slowed down my reading but at the end, it was all worth it.I am happy to finally have read a Mark Twain book. I say: more, more, more.

  • j
    2018-11-10 23:00

    As a child, nothing terrified me more than being lost. My parents found this hilarious. Every time we went on a road trip, my dad would wait a few hours and then start moaning that we had somehow gotten lost. "We're looost! We're looost!" he would wail, and in the backseat I would immediately start bawling. My vivid memories of this suggest that the fear grabbed me long after I should have been old enough to realize that a little kid can't really be lost while with his parents, let alone that you can't really get lost in any meaningful way in a car in the U.S. (well, maybe spiritually).I don't know if this is a universal kid fear, but I think with me, it stemmed from this book. More specifically, from the Fisher Price audio production, which I listened to so many times I had large swaths of it memorized ("Tom Sawyer is a tale of imagination and wonder, told especially for you... from Fisher Price!"). And this thing was 90 minutes. The part where Becky and Tom get lost in McDougal's Cave was the most harrowing thing I could imagine, even though in retrospect it was probably really ridiculous, what with all the boys clearly voiced by adult women and the oddly didactic dialogue ("Oh Tom, the candle's almost out. Oh Tom, it's going out. Tom, it's out! what will we do, Tom?"). And like being lost in the dark wasn't enough, "Engine" Joe was in there too! (I don't know if it's because I never saw the word in print but it wasn't until I was in my teens that I finally realized what his name was, and what it meant). When my family went to Disney World when I was about five, we visited the Tom Sawyer's Cave attraction. My dad, ever the gentle and loving parental figure, decided to taunt me first by moaning that we were lost, and then by saying that Injun Joe was going to get me. This incident I don't remember, but my mom assures me there was a lot of loud screaming. Everyone, including the people in line behind us, thought it was very, very funny that I was scarred for life. I suppose the idea of being terrified while at a sanitized place like Disney World seems a little amusing. Except in the Hall of Presidents, which is certifiably creepy. I'd actually never read this before, and it's just delightful. So much of it has become iconic, but it's still quite an endearing portrait of the idealized boyhood, the way the mundanities of life seem to stretch out into elaborate adventures and when sitting next to the girl you like is an experience all its own. I read Huck Finn in high school like everyone else, and though it's a great book, this one is just more fun to read. It is very episodic, more a series of adventures than a cohesive narrative (and Tom certainly has a busy summer... mine rarely involved witnessing murders or being threatened by murderers), which is probably why it is such an enduring and popular read for children.It's pretty amazing how much of the book Fisher Price was able to fit into that tape. I think only a few sections weren't represented, and all the big ones (the cave, the treasure hunt, the funeral scene, the pirate adventures) were vividly familiar when I finally read them. Of course, I'm sure it's missing a lot of Twain's color and subtle, underplayed humor, and I'm also sure it would sound a lot less impressive if I listened to it again. Which fortunately I can probably never do because even though I still have the tape, I haven't owned anything that will play it in about five years.

  • Miquel Reina
    2018-11-15 02:05

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the great classics of English literature and I think one of the most important books for any writer. I read the adventures of Tom Sawyer when I was a child, but I still remember with a smile the wonderful story of Mark Twain.Spanish version: Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer es uno de los grandes clásicos de la literatura inglesa y un referente para cualquier autor actual. Leí la aventuras de Tom Sawyer cuando era pequeño pero aún hoy sigo recordando con una sonrisa la maravillosa historia de Mark Twain.

  • Mostafa Galal
    2018-11-13 00:06

    كتاب يصلح للمراهقين أكثر ما يميزه أسلوب مارك توين الساخر المميز

  • Dannii Elle
    2018-12-04 22:18

    I feel a certain sense of guilt when I don't enjoy a classic. I find myself filled with sorrow at having missed what is so beloved or important about a text to have allowed it to stand the test of time. Nethertheless, here we are.Whilst this did not begin as an unenjoyable novel, I found myself weary with the repetition of Tom's antics, as this wore on. The headstrong Tom Sawyer, who made for such an initially witty and clever protagonist started to become, dare I say it, dull! I believe this was due to the series of scrapes and the numerous troubles he found himself in. These made for a fun reading experience, at first, as each chapter read like a separate yet interconnected short story. These many plights and fights soon began to bog the narrative down and I found the pace very stalled and, therefore, my enjoyment ultimately stunted.

  • Natalie Monroe
    2018-11-29 23:02

    Three things I've learned from reading Tom Sawyer:1. Marbles are an acceptable form of currency. So provided I didn't throw out my set when I moved, I'm rich and can whitewash as many fences as I want.2. Boys are dicks to the girls they like.This is a lie.This is the more likely scenario.3. Books read better when you're not being forced to read them.Next on my required reading list is The Great Gatsby. Mother have mercy...

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2018-12-10 02:24

    What to say about this book?Tom Sawyer is an intrepid adventurer, an incurable romantic, a devious trickster, a mischievous imp, a hopeless dreamer... a lot of things rolled into one. He is THE BOY who epitomises boyhood.As Bertie Wooster would say - he reminds me that I too, once, lived in Arcady.

  • Apatt
    2018-11-14 21:20

    “A modern day warriorMean, mean strideToday's Tom SawyerMean, mean pride”- “Tom Sawyer” by RushClassic prog-rock man!I’ve always wondered what Rush’s (probably) most popular song has to do with Mark Twain’s young protagonist. Something to do with being a free-spirited rebel I think, though I cannot imagine Tom Sawyer as a warrior. Tom, in fact, seems almost like a juvenile delinquent, though – through the course of this novel – there is no real malice in him. To quote his Aunt Polly, “he warn't BAD, so to say—only mischEEvous. Only just giddy, and harum-scarum, you know.”His behavior inThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is another matter, he is almost an evil dark lord in that one, carrying his pranks too far and causing a lot of pain and distress.So The Adventures of Tom Sawyeris, of course, exactly what it says on the tin. A rather hyperactive twelve-year-old boy going around town getting up to all kinds of shenanigans, usually with his friend Huckleberry Finn by his side; though on one occasion he swaps Huck for cute little Becky Thatcher (no relations) instead for an adventure in a cave.Tom’s adventures tend to be episodic, including witnessing a murder, falling in love, running away from home to take up piracy, treasure hunting etc. Throughout the book Tom is shown to be clever, resourceful, mischievous, and a constant source of headache and heartache for his Aunt Polly. Tom is something of a master of psychological manipulation, more often than not he can fool people into doing what he wants them to do and even have them feeling grateful for it. As demonstrated in the whitewashing incident where he manages to con young Jim into doing his work for him, and even manages to get the latter’s apple as a “reward” (as depicted in the book cover below)As for Huckleberry Finn, in this book he is more of a sidekick than an equal partner in Tom’s escapades. Tom is very fortunate to have a friend like Huck who is staunchly loyal and shares his taste for running wild. The friendship between the two of them is something to envy, as it must be very pleasant to lark about with someone so likeminded.Twain’s prose is just wonderful to read, always very witty and often acerbic. While depicting a fun-filled childhood he also manages to poke fun at town folks and their hypocrisies. The prose style of this book’s narrative is quite different from that ofThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is narrated in the first person in Huck Finn’s colloquial style. Both styles are a lot of fun to read, and are great in different ways. The main difference is narrating in Twain’s own style enables him to include more wry and acerbic observations. Case in point:“ One of those omniscient and aweinspiring marvels, a detective, came up from St. Louis, moused around, shook his head, looked wise, and made that sort of astounding success which members of that craft usually achieve. That is to say, he "found a clew." But you can't hang a "clew" for murder, and so after that detective had got through and gone home, Tom felt just as insecure as he was before.” The Adventures of Tom Sawyeris an enjoyable read from beginning to end, even though it is ostensibly a children’s book, it really is a book for all ages, and made me laugh several times. It is not quite as profound asThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn I don’t think, and I wish I had read Tom’s book before Huck’s book as they chart the development of both characters.

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    2018-12-06 22:17

    T, is for Twain.3.5 StarsIf you have ever been a young girl you have learned one unavoidable fact; boys are the worst! They are self-absorbed, morbid and cruel. They'll call you names, pull on your hair and treat you entirely like crap....The Adventures of Tom Sawyer revolves around, surprise, a young troublemaker named Tom. To my way of thinking Tom is a fairly good example of the average youngster. While his adventures may be grander than most, his selfishness and lack of compassion is not. (I am by no means saying that young girls are any kinder, they AREN'T!)He worries his haggard Aunt Polly ceaselessly, gallivanting around without a care in the world for how such hair-brained adventures into the great unknown will make her feel. (I feel so bad for Polly in this story.) It's a good little story Twain's got here. Do I think it should be required reading? No! Mainly because of the bellow noted quote. Now he found out a new thing - namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.(Which in it's reverse says that that which we are told to do is ultimately less appealing.)I believe the true art of Twain's writing can only be appreciated if it is a choice - similar to my feelings on Shakespeare actually.

  • Sura✿
    2018-11-30 19:09

    توماس سوير , عفريت صغير بهيئة إنسان , صاحب مخيلة عجيبة و شخصية لا يمكن ترويضها يقوم بمجموعة من المشاكسات والمغامرات التي تقود به هو وصديقة هاك الى مشاهدة جريمة قتل لتضيف على حياته المثيرة المزيد من الاثارة . اذكر في طفولتي ان توم سوير كان ابغض كائنات الارض بالنسبة لي لدرجة اني كنت اكره مشاهدة المسلسل , لكني كنت اشاهده مجبرة , فلم يكن يعرض سوى مسلسلين في اليوم فالمشاهدة الزامية سواء راقني المسلسل ام لم يرقني . واليوم حين قرأت القصة أغرمت بتوم المشاكس الاستفزازي وخياله الواسع ومغامراته الشقية , احب مشاكسة الاولاد و غالباً ما اشاجرهم وانا في عمري هذا :D إنه ليس بأمر محمود أن تصير غنياً فهو لا يجلب معه سوى المزيد و المزيد من القلق ،"والمزيد و المزيد من المشقة ؛ وأن تتمنى طوال الوقت لو كنت ميتًا."كالمعتاد , القصص و الروايات القديمة رائعة لدرجة انك تستطيع استخلاص العبر والحكم من قصص الاطفال اكثر من تلك التي يمكن ان تستخلصها روايات هذه الايام التي يذيع صيتها . "كي تجعل احداً يرغب في شيء ما , فكل ما عليك فعله هو ان تجعل هذا الشئ صعب المنال "

  • Amir Lewiz
    2018-12-05 21:59

    ،عندما أنهي كتابتها مارك توين قرر أنها للناشئين .لكن قرأها أيضا و استمتع بها عدد لا يحصي من الكبار علي مر السنين و تحتوي علي ذكريات طفولة مارك توين علي نهر المسيسيبي ،والكثير من الأحداث والشخصيات أخذت مباشرة من الحياة__________________________توم الولد الذكي الشقي الذي لا يطيع أوامر و نصائح الخالة بولي ولا أستاذه وطالما تسبب ذلك في متاعب عديدة لهم ؛ مما كان يضطر خالته طيبة القلب لمعاقبته،أما استاذه فلا يفكر مرتين قبل أن يعاقبه بقسوة.لكن هذا الذكي الفنان عرف في احدي المرات كيف ينجو من عقاب خالته و يحوله لصالحه(:وعرف هو وزملائه كيف ينتصرون علي هذا الأستاذ القاسي علناً بل جعل كل أهل القرية ينظرون إليه بتقدير و احترام هو صديقه المتشرد هكلبري فنحتي جوجل :)____________________________في مغامرات توم العديدة يري القارئ الأحداث من وجهة نظرتوم ومن معهوالنتائج المترتبة عليهاويري تأثيرها علي الخالة بولي و مشاعرها تجاه توم و في هذا دروس للناشئين .. و الأمهات أو المُربِّين ،غير مناقشة مشكلة الأطفال المتشردينوهذا ما يزيد قيمة الرواية عندي__________________________قررت قراءتها بعدما قرأت قصتين لمارك توين : الرجل الذي أفسد هادلبيرج ، المخبر العظيم ، في كتيب"حكايات مارك توين"في سلسلة روايات عالمية للجيبوالأهم أنني أريد أن أقرأ لـ مارك توين أعظم كاتب أمريكي ساخر

  • Chrissie
    2018-11-13 00:10

    What is it that makes this book special to me? This is my second read; I enjoyed it very much as a 10-year-old and still very much now. It is a book for all ages. I am referring to both the age of the reader and the age in which they are living. Published in 1876, it was written 141 years ago and it is till enjoyable to read. Now that is a classic and what being a classic is all about. I couldn't possibly have understood many of the satirical swipes Twain passes at religion, government, etiquette and human behavior. Humor on many different levels. Kids will see humor in one line, adults in another, but we are all going to laugh at something. Twain captures childhood, both the lure of adventure, discovery and freedom as well as the restraints of parents’ rules and school and church and even their friends. We are there in Tom’s world with his buddies – as pirates, alone on an island, discovering treasure, catching bandits and even at one’s own funeral. There is a bit of Peter Pan here; the book is a celebration of what childhood holds. Not just boys will appreciate this; isn’t there a bit of tomboy in all girls too? Who says adventure only appeals to boys? There is plenty on friendship here too. There is a sweetness and a tear drop in the eye when loved ones worry. All of this is part of childhood, for many of us, and it is fun to remember. Twain helps adults remember and kids dream. Tom and his friends are constantly up to mischief. Or we could say they are living their child’s life to the full. They curse and they smoke and they play hooky. Can you give a book such as this to a child? Of course you can. It is a parent’s duty to give guidance. Books for kids shouldn’t be there just to teach proper behavior; they are also to let their imagination take wing. And by the way, why do you read books of adultery and crime and suspense? When I read this as a ten-year-old I certainly understood when Tom and his friends were crossing the border between right and wrong. The intelligence of kids should not be demeaned. A word or two from a parent is of course not wrong. More on this subject below.I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Grover Gardner. The performance is totally, totally fantastic. Twain’s dialogs are priceless, and Gardner delivers them with a flair. Five stars for the narration. OK, I guess I better add this. The word nigger was part of the language of that era and that place and it is used here. Twain is basing the book on his own childhood experiences growing up in Hannibal, Missouri. Remember, as I stated above, parents are there to guide. Why have kids if you’re not interested in raising them?!

  • N.N. Light
    2018-11-12 18:24

    One of the greatest novels ever written about life and society in the 19th century. I'm furious that schools are banning this book due to language. Instead of banning, use it as a teaching tool. *smh*My Rating: 5++ stars

  • Marco Simeoni
    2018-11-17 21:20

    Tom, guascone dalla gran favella2,5*Spesso ci sono dei libri che dovrebbero essere letti in un preciso arco temporale della nostra vita. Le avventure di Tom Sawyer ne è un fulgido esempio.Twain ha scritto uno spaccato della sua vita ai tempi dell'infanzia. Probabilmente la parte mal digerita risiede nella narrazione troppo divulgativa che lascia poco spazio all'immaginazione.Inoltre Tom Sawyer è un catalizzatore. Senza Huckleberry Finn non mostra tutto il suo potenziale. Ma quando sono assieme... sorrisi e la certezza di star osservando lo spirito della fanciullezza:Huck scrutò dappertutto intorno a sé e non vide niente. Tom, tutto orgoglioso, si addentrò in un folto cespuglio di sommacco e disse: «Ecco qui! Guardalo, Huck: è il buco più nascosto di tutta la regione. Ma acqua in bocca. Ho sempredesiderato essere un bandito, però sapevo che avrei dovuto avere un nascondiglio come questo, e ildifficile era trovarlo. Ora lo abbiamo e non diremo niente a nessuno, lo faremo sapere soltanto a JoeHarper e a Ben Rogers... perché, naturalmente, deve esserci una banda, altrimenti la cosa non avrebbenessuno stile. La Banda di Tom Sawyer... suona bene, no, Huck?» «Be’, sì, Tom. E chi deruberemo?» «Oh, quasi tutti... Tenderemo agguati alla gente... in genere si fa così.» «E poi si uccidono le vittime.» «No... non sempre. Le si nasconde nella grotta finché pagano un riscatto.» «Che cos’è un riscatto?» «Un riscatto è denaro. Li costringi a spremere tutto quello che possono dagli amici, e, dopo averli tenutiprigionieri per un anno, se non sono riusciti a trovare i soldi li ammazzi. È così che si fa, di solito. Perònon si ammazzano le donne. Le tieni prigioniere, ma non le ammazzi. Sono sempre belle, e ricche, espaventatissime. Ti prendi i loro orologini e gli altri ciondoli, ma devi sempre toglierti il cappello e parlarein modo educato. Non c’è gente più bene educata dei banditi... puoi leggerlo in qualsiasi libro. Be’,insomma, le donne finiscono per innamorarsi di te e, dopo che sono state nella grotta per una settimana odue, la smettono di frignare, e in seguito non riusciresti più a convincerle ad andarsene. Se le scacciassi, sivolterebbero, a un certo punto, e tornerebbero indietro. Succede così in tutti i libri.» «Accidenti, ma è fantastico, Tom! È meglio, credo, che fare il pirata.» «Sì, sotto certi aspetti è meglio, perché si resta vicino a casa, ai circhi equestri, e così via.»Ne cito uno (piuttosto lungo) ma ce ne sono moltissimi. La superstizione e l'assoluta certezza di Tom di non sapere cosa legge sono qualcosa di fantastico!Questo romanzo è anche una cartina tornasole di come i bambini, un secolo fa, riuscissero a divertirsi con denti da latte, topi morti e bottoni:«Ciao, Huckleberry!» «Ciao a te, e vediamo se ti piace quello che ho.» «Cos’è che hai?» «Un gatto morto.» «Mostramelo, Huck. Mamma mia, come è irrigidito. Dove lo hai preso?» «L’ho barattato con un ragazzo.» «Che cosa gli hai dato in cambio?» «Gli ho dato uno scontrino blu e una vescica che ho avuto al macello.» «Dove lo avevi preso lo scontrino blu?» «Lo avevo scambiato con Ben Rogers, due settimane fa, contro un bastone per ciechi.» «Sì, ma senti... a che servono i gatti morti, Huck?» «A che servono? Servono per far andar via le verruche.» «No! Davvero? Io conosco un rimedio migliore.» «Scommetto di no. Quale sarebbe?» «Oh bella, l’acqua piovana che si raccoglie nei ceppi.» «L’acqua piovana! Non darei una cicca per dell’acqua piovana.» «Ah no, eh? L’hai mai provata?» «No, io no. Ma l’ha provata Bob Tanner.» «Chi te lo ha detto?» «Be’, lui lo disse a Jeff Thatcher, e Jeff lo disse a Johnny Baker, Johnny lo disse a Jim Hollis, e Jim lodisse a Ben Rogers, e Ben lo disse a un negro, e il negro lo ha detto a me. Ecco come lo so!» «Be’, e con questo? Sono tutti dei gran bugiardi. Tutti, almeno, tranne il negro; quello non lo conosco.Però non ho mai conosciuto un negro che non raccontasse balle. Figurarsi! E ora dimmi com’è che feceBob Tanner, Huck.» «Be’, affondò la mano nell’acqua piovana che si trovava entro un ceppo d’albero fradicio.» «In pieno giorno?» «Sicuro.» «Con la faccia voltata verso il ceppo?» «Sì. O almeno, credo di sì.» «Disse qualcosa?» «Non credo che parlò, non lo so.» «Ciao, Huckleberry!» «Ciao a te, e vediamo se ti piace quello che ho.» «Cos’è che hai?» «Un gatto morto.» «Mostramelo, Huck. Mamma mia, come è irrigidito. Dove lo hai preso?» «L’ho barattato con un ragazzo.» «Che cosa gli hai dato in cambio?» «Gli ho dato uno scontrino blu e una vescica che ho avuto al macello.» «Dove lo avevi preso lo scontrino blu?» «Lo avevo scambiato con Ben Rogers, due settimane fa, contro un bastone per ciechi.» «Sì, ma senti... a che servono i gatti morti, Huck?» «A che servono? Servono per far andar via le verruche.» «No! Davvero? Io conosco un rimedio migliore.» «Scommetto di no. Quale sarebbe?» «Oh bella, l’acqua piovana che si raccoglie nei ceppi.» «L’acqua piovana! Non darei una cicca per dell’acqua piovana.» «Ah no, eh? L’hai mai provata?» «No, io no. Ma l’ha provata Bob Tanner.» «Chi te lo ha detto?» «Be’, lui lo disse a Jeff Thatcher, e Jeff lo disse a Johnny Baker, Johnny lo disse a Jim Hollis, e Jim lodisse a Ben Rogers, e Ben lo disse a un negro, e il negro lo ha detto a me. Ecco come lo so!» «Be’, e con questo? Sono tutti dei gran bugiardi. Tutti, almeno, tranne il negro; quello non lo conosco.Però non ho mai conosciuto un negro che non raccontasse balle. Figurarsi! E ora dimmi com’è che feceBob Tanner, Huck.» «Be’, affondò la mano nell’acqua piovana che si trovava entro un ceppo d’albero fradicio.» «In pieno giorno?» «Sicuro.» «Con la faccia voltata verso il ceppo?» «Sì. O almeno, credo di sì.» «Disse qualcosa?» «Non credo che parlò, non lo so.» «Ciao, Huckleberry!» «Ciao a te, e vediamo se ti piace quello che ho.» «Cos’è che hai?» «Un gatto morto.» «Mostramelo, Huck. Mamma mia, come è irrigidito. Dove lo hai preso?» «L’ho barattato con un ragazzo.» «Che cosa gli hai dato in cambio?» «Gli ho dato uno scontrino blu e una vescica che ho avuto al macello.» «Dove lo avevi preso lo scontrino blu?» «Lo avevo scambiato con Ben Rogers, due settimane fa, contro un bastone per ciechi.» «Sì, ma senti... a che servono i gatti morti, Huck?» «A che servono? Servono per far andar via le verruche.» «No! Davvero? Io conosco un rimedio migliore.» «Scommetto di no. Quale sarebbe?» «Oh bella, l’acqua piovana che si raccoglie nei ceppi.» «L’acqua piovana! Non darei una cicca per dell’acqua piovana.» «Ah no, eh? L’hai mai provata?» «No, io no. Ma l’ha provata Bob Tanner.» «Chi te lo ha detto?» «Be’, lui lo disse a Jeff Thatcher, e Jeff lo disse a Johnny Baker, Johnny lo disse a Jim Hollis, e Jim lodisse a Ben Rogers, e Ben lo disse a un negro, e il negro lo ha detto a me. Ecco come lo so!» «Be’, e con questo? Sono tutti dei gran bugiardi. Tutti, almeno, tranne il negro; quello non lo conosco.Però non ho mai conosciuto un negro che non raccontasse balle. Figurarsi! E ora dimmi com’è che feceBob Tanner, Huck.» «Be’, affondò la mano nell’acqua piovana che si trovava entro un ceppo d’albero fradicio.» «In pieno giorno?» «Sicuro.» «Con la faccia voltata verso il ceppo?» «Sì. O almeno, credo di sì.» «Disse qualcosa?» «Non credo che parlò, non lo so.»Neanche a specificarlo il dialogo è fra Tom e Hucklberry. Forse a Twain si attorciglierebbero le budella se sentisse oggi che tutti i discorsi vertono sulla nuova versione del cellulare X o dello Youtubers Y.Ammetto di essere di parte... Huckelberry Finn mi è sembrato un personaggio molto più carismatico.

  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    2018-11-25 23:24

    My book reading mirrors the way I choose to approach life in so many ways. This little look back on past reads brings to mind one of the main ones. How I like to take memories off the shelf to review but not relive; compared to how I take books off the shelf to review but not reread. My long term goal is to run through each shelf of books I have saved on this site and remember/review all of the books they contain.I met this wonderful little book early on in my life. Another one of those adventure stories where the main character is full of vinegar, spice and all things questionably nice. He may be a turd at first glance but it takes no time for the reader to realize he has a heart of gold (long before he clues in).I really enjoyed reading over the plot summary that triggered quite a few memories on how the story went. I also got the bonus memory of my old elementary school library and all that entailed.Mrs. King…you were the best.

  • Sonia
    2018-12-06 01:12

    Hallé mucha inocencia en las cualidades de Tom Sawyer y sus amigos. En sus temores, supersticiones, travesuras e incluso en sus momentos introspectivos. Creo que me gustó mucho ese matiz entre la manera de narrar de Twain, tal vez nada infantil, su humor y lo movido de las aventuras de este chico y de quienes le acompañaban. Lo disfruté al máximo porque exploraba no solo los actos de un niño sino sus motivaciones y sus maneras de ver las cosas.En las escenas más divertidas (entre las que destaca, por supuesto, la de la valla) vislumbramos a un muchacho a veces egoísta pero muy listo y creativo, y pese a que en la vida real no me habría agradado uno de esa naturaleza, en esta lectura me entretuvo y me gustó bastante.Siempre lamento no haber podido leer estos libros más temprano, pero me alegra haberlo hecho ahora, es un clásico del que sin duda no me arrepiento y que me dio algo muy diferente a lo que esperaba. Le tomé mucho cariño.