Little wonder that Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly and Injun Joe have been elevated to the status of icons of American literature and culture. If you only read it as a child, you owe it to yourself as an adult to re-read it and experience the joy again from an entirely different perspective.
Little wonder that Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly and Injun Joe have been elevated to the status of icons of American literature and culture. Who among us, as playful children, did not scramble over a fallen down tree pretending to be swashbuckling captains of an English privateer scanning the Spanish Main for easy pirate loot? Who among us does not recall the first embarrassing onset of puppy love for a young girl in our class and the steadfast … more
Lookig at the injustices of slavery through the eyes of a white child give you a fresh perspective on the goings in America during this period of history. The inhumane treatment of slaves is counterbalanced by Tom's innocence and humor.
Somehow Mark Twain managed to get inside a young boy's head! He reminds us what it was like to be a young boy in North America in a very timeless way. Even if you read Tom Sawyer as a youngster, it's well worth a re-read to remind ourselves as busy adults what the breathless joy and adventure of childhood was all about
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was Twain's somewhat serious tale of a boy coming of age on the Mississippi River. It was also a wonderful social commentary of the times in which it takes place. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," on the other hand, gives us a fun glimpse into the life of one young boy in a fictitious town on the Mississippi River in Missouri. It's definitely the funnier of the two novels, even though it deals with the very real dangers of running off alone, thieves, murderers, … more
This particular story and it's companion, Huckleberry Finn are seen by most (myself included) as pillars of American Literature. They are almost perfectly written books. I have been reading these books for well over 55 years now myself. I am certainly not going into the plot here, nor the author's technique or style, those have been covered thousands of times by much better writers than myself. When I came upon this book, I did give it a quick going over. It has indeed been Reader Digestize. To … more
Outside of slavery and the plantation economy, no other images of the South so predominates American culture as those from this book; sundays sitting in a hot church in over-starched clothes, lazy weekdays fishing at the local pond, the town drunk rambling thru the streets, one-room schoolhouses, and extended families who share gossip and responsibilities. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is probably one of America's greatest books, and is probably the first work of Twain's that many Americans encounter … more
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