The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. It is set in the s in the fictional. An adventure story for children, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a fun-filled book that shows life along the Mississippi River in the s. Written by Mark. Read Tom Sawyer by author Mark Twain, FREE, online. (Table of Contents.) This book and many more are available.
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Running to fetch help, Huck prevents the crime and requests his name not be made public, for fear of Injun Joe's retaliation, thus becoming an anonymous hero. However, Tom and Becky get lost and end up wandering in the extensive cave complex for the several days, facing starvation and dehydration. Becky becomes extremely dehydrated and weak, and Tom's search for a way out grows more desperate.
He accidentally encounters Injun Joe in the caves one day, but is not seen by his nemesis. Eventually, Tom finds a way out, and they are joyfully welcomed back by their community. When Tom hears of the sealing two weeks later, he is horror-stricken, knowing that Injun Joe is still inside. He directs a posse to the cave, where they find Injun Joe's corpse just inside the sealed entrance, starved to death after having desperately consumed raw bats and candle stubs as a last resort. The place of his death, and specifically the in situ cup he used to collect water from a dripping stalactite , becomes a local tourist attraction.
Tom and others in the town feel pity at the horribly cruel death, despite Injun Joe's wickedness, and a petition is started to the governor to posthumously pardon him. A week later, having deduced from Injun Joe's presence at McDougal's Cave that the villain must have hidden the stolen gold inside, Tom takes Huck to the cave and they find the box of gold, the proceeds of which are invested for them. The Widow Douglas adopts Huck, but he finds the restrictions of a civilized home life painful, attempting to escape back to his vagrant life.
Tom tricks him into thinking that he can later join Tom's new scheme of starting a robber band if he returns to the widow. Reluctantly, Huck agrees and goes back to the widow.
Significance[ edit ] The novel has elements of humour, satire and social criticism; features that later made Mark Twain one of the most important authors of American literature. Mark Twain describes some autobiographical events in the book. The novel is set around Twain's actual boyhood home of Hannibal , near St. Louis, and many of the places in it are real and today support a tourist industry as a result. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs , shows a picture of a young boy smoking a pipe, sawing furniture, climbing all over the place, and sleeping.
In Twain's novel, Tom and his friend are young when they decided they want to learn how to smoke a pipe. Tom and Joe do this to show just how cool they are to the other boys. He had previously written contemporary autobiographical narratives The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrims' Progress , Roughing It and two short texts called sketches which parody the youth literature of the time.
In the first, a model child is never rewarded and ends up dying before he can declaim his last words which he has carefully prepared. In the second story, an evil little boy steals and lies, like Tom Sawyer, but finishes rich and successful.
Tom appears as a mixture of these little boys since he is at the same time a scamp and a boy endowed with a certain generosity. By the time he wrote Tom Sawyer, Twain was already a successful author based on the popularity of The Innocents Abroad.
Aunt Polly is always measuring Tom against him even though he's a shameless tattletale, a worrywart, and a crybaby. The Adults Aunt Polly has taken care of Tom since his mother died. She truly loves him, but he's a handful, and she wishes he could be more like that nice Sid.
The Widow Douglas takes Huck into her home and tries to reform him. Her rigidly scheduled life rubs him the wrong way, and only Tom has any luck talking him into staying.
Muff Potter is a drunkard. He's not an evil man exactly but weak, cowardly, and ripe for anyone to come along and take advantage of him. Injun Joe embodies all the fear of the unknown that a small town might feel on the edge of a great unsettled wilderness. Violent and cruel, he earns a little of the reader's sympathy only at the very end. Tom Sawyer is sunny and upright, skirting whirlpools but ultimately hugging the shore of convention.
Huck Finn is its deep, dark, wet, rushing underside. Nowhere do these flipsides of Twain's productively riven personality bob up more conspicuously than at two moments common to each novel: when both title characters attend their own funerals, and when each novel ends with a shaky vow of reform. In both books the hero gets to live out perhaps every morbid, underappreciated kid's greatest fantasy: to spy on his own mourners and hear how sorry everybody is, and then to come back from the dead to a hero's welcome.
Ah, if he could only die temporarily! Huck, on the other hand, deliberately fakes his own death to escape his father. The books' endings, too, are strikingly similar.
In Tom Sawyer, Huck reluctantly allows the Widow Douglas to take him in, but on the last page he doesn't sound terribly optimistic about sticking it out with her. Meanwhile, in the famous ending to Huck Finn, the title character vows to "light out for the territory" if the widow tries too zealously to "sivilize" him, because he's "been there before. In fact, Tom and Huck fit their namesake books perfectly.
Like Tom, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is outrageous, but also smooth, artful, and anxious to please.
A model of literary construction, it stands up straight. Like Huck, on the other hand, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn slouches. It's ungainly, in need of finishing, and its language often lands it in trouble. It's also touched by genius. There's no denying that something's fundamentally haywire with the end of Huck Finn—yet look closer and see if it isn't a flaw common to every imperfect life. Huck and Jim have gone wrong after the fork, they've overshot something crucial, they've lost their way and don't know how to get back.
Who among us hasn't felt the same? Twain certainly should have. He published his best book at 50 but lived to nearly Seen this way, Tom and Huck's Mississippi River becomes an endlessly renewable metaphor.
Twain saw as clearly as anybody that as Americans we're all on this raft together, afloat between oceans, crewed by oarsmen of more than one color, tippy but not aground, not yet. Mark Twain, Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Mark Twain Mark Twain was a man ahead of his time from the day he was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, fully two months early, in tiny Florida, Missouri.
Not surprising for a preemie, a profound sense of mortality shadowed him all his life. In addition, Twain survived a youth marked by deaths both sudden and grisly. Not only did his forbidding father, Judge John Marshall Clemens, die of pneumonia when Twain was 11, but Twain is said to have witnessed the autopsy through a keyhole. He also sat at his beloved brother Henry's bedside as he lay dying after a steamboat explosion, and Twain forever blamed himself for getting Henry his fateful job on board.
Three other formative experiences made Twain the writer he became. 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.
Tom with Huck and Jim found a treasure trove and were given a big reward. Aunt Polly invested it until Tom was 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. 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. View all 8 comments. Jan 14, Doug rated it it was amazing. My all-time favorite work of fiction. I usually read this every summer.
'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'
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 incredibl My all-time favorite work of fiction.
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. 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. View all 17 comments. Jun 25, Justin Tate rated it it was amazing.
Despite knowing this story front-and-back, it was nice to finally read the unabridged words of one of America's finest storytellers. The scene with Tom lost in the cave is notably incredible, but Twain's folksy prose is a delight throughout.
I'm not as familiar with the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Can't wait to start that one soon! View all 4 comments. He appears in three other novels by Twain: 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 Twain The above quote comes straight from the preface of the book and I really cannot add anything else to it; I would not dare 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 Twain The 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: 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: 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. View all 25 comments. Feb 08, Fabian rated it liked it.
This one is considered far inferior, and it is.
Mark Twain 'based Tom Sawyer on drinking buddy from steam baths'
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: Sep 05, James rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
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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 So much more I could say 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 Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT. I write A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Jan 17, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. It something to ponder at least, other than that this book is pretty shit. I mean the narrative structure is a mess, the d How many people get to crash their funeral? 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.
And this brings be back to the dialogue. It was dull, so very dull. Tom Sawyer, so called bad-boy of American literary culture, your story was disappointing. View all 19 comments. 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. Jun 07, Carmen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It's just worry and worry, and sweat and sweat, and a-wishing you was dead all the time. 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" "Looky-here, Tom, being rich ain't what it's cracked up to be. 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.
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.
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 s.
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.
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 Lightning he is SURE is coming.
The relationship between Tom and his Aunt Polly is also touching.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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. Twain takes a hard-hitting look at the dark, seamy underbelly of an American childhood. Who'd a thunk that this small Missouri town could be such a horrifying place to spend one's formative years? So much ignorance and superstition.
In an instant both boys were rolling and tumbling in the dirt, gripped together like cats; and for the space of a minute they tugged and tore at each other's hair and clothes, punched and scratched each other's noses, and covered themselves with dust and glory.
The schoolmaster, always severe, grew severer and more exacting than ever, for he wanted the school to make a good showing on "Examination" day. His rod and his ferule were seldom idle now -- at least among the smaller pupils. Only the biggest boys, and young ladies of eighteen and twenty, escaped lashing.
Rampant nudity.You get an introduction to the character Huckleberry Finn and it kind of leaves off where the book Huckleberry Finn begins. The novel is set around Twain's actual boyhood home of Hannibal , near St. Twain saw as clearly as anybody that as Americans we're all on this raft together, afloat between oceans, crewed by oarsmen of more than one color, tippy but not aground, not yet. An argument ensues between Potter and Dr. Huck does most everything that Tom puts him up to, while Tom covets Huck's freedom and independence.
So much ignorance and superstition. Five-year-old me was a bit disapproving of the silliness.
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