Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book review: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

Welcome to St. Petersburg, Missouri, home of Tom Sawyer and his Gang.  And in this book, we learn all about his adventures including becoming a pirate, attending his funeral, falling in love with Becky Thatcher, witnessing a murder, becoming lost in a cave for days and finding a treasure.  There is so much more, of course, as Tom is such a charmer/troublemaker.  It is a classic tale of youth on the Mississippi River filled with humor, suspense, friendship, and Twain's trademark commentary on society.

I know I read this years and years ago, I think for school one year, but it had been so long that I didn't remember all of it or the order in which certain things occurred.  Therefore, I'm glad I read it again - this time with the Serial Reader app.  (It's so handy - I explain it at the beginning of this post).

I know that I didn't remember all the childhood myths and legends, like the charms or incantations, that Tom and crew believed so heavily in.  Looking back on my childhood, I remember believing in such to a certain extent - but these boys take it to the next level.  I still really love Huck Finn though.  Sure, Tom might have been the "brains" but Huck has the heart.  It has been 5 years since I last read Huck Finn, but I still think I might prefer his story to this one.

I did appreciate seeing how Tom grows through this book.  He is really a brat at the beginning, but he matures enough so at the end, we can see what a great friend he is to Huck.  He also seems to appreciate his family a bit more and hopefully stops scaring Aunt Polly half to death every other week.

I do love Twain though, on the whole, and look forward to reading more of his works!
*****
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
first published 1876
225 pages
Source:  Serial Reader
*****

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