America's first great work of children's literature
Oct 24, 2006
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 at school. Coming in at under 300 pages, this book focuses on the live of one Tom Sawyer, as he navigates school, family, romance, church and the other important issues of a boy's life. Rife with comedy and commentary on life, this story also foreshadows other books by Twain's. Tom's adventures with Huck alludes to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The troubles Tom gets in is a good lead-in to the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The comedic social commentary about life and society foreshadows The Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Most impressive about this book to me is the recreation of the language and dialogue. All in all, this is one of the best books out there.
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
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