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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated)

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by Mark Twain, J. G. Brown
     
 

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Proofed and corrected from the original edition for enjoyable reading. (Worth every penny spent!)

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Mark Twain's style of writing is distinctively an American growth. His humor is of a kind which seldom provokes a hearty laugh, but which generally has a pleasantly irritant effect, like a sharp sauce. It has a dash of cynicism in it, and sometimes

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Proofed and corrected from the original edition for enjoyable reading. (Worth every penny spent!)

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Mark Twain's style of writing is distinctively an American growth. His humor is of a kind which seldom provokes a hearty laugh, but which generally has a pleasantly irritant effect, like a sharp sauce. It has a dash of cynicism in it, and sometimes approaches, if it does not pass, the limits of reverence for things sacred by association. It seeks expression by means of realistic description, based upon keen observation. It sometimes offends us by revealing a sort of self-conscious cleverness and superiority. It aims at exposing, ridiculing, and destroying mere conventionalities, sentimentalisms, and shams, and in this endeavor is not always directed by a sound discrimination.

In the "Adventures of Tom Sawyer," our author has chosen a field well suited for the exercise of his particular gifts. He presents us with a picture of American boy-life, in a village in the West, some thirty or forty years ago. In the preface, we are told that most of the adventures recorded in the book really occurred, one or two having been experiences of the author's own, the rest having happened to boys who were his schoolmates, and that "Tom Sawyer," is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom the author knew. With this assurance of the verisimilitude of the sketches of character and conduct before us, we turn to them with interest and zest; and our general impression is, that the American boys of the period referred to were most troublesome, enterprising, adventurous, and superstitious young rascals, and that a village in the West afforded them a peculiarly favourable sphere for the development of these qualities. Moreover, if the description of the schoolmaster be from the life, and so to some extent typical, the belief in the efficacy of the cane as an instrument in youthful training was not only implicit, but, in its manifestation, appalling.

According to a modern fashion, which is, we suppose, a natural reaction from that of our fathers and mothers, the history of Tom Sawyer exhibits by no means "the good boy," of faultless mien and subdued behavior, who used to be held up as an example to the youth of an earlier generation. The days of simplicity, when men believed in the "industrious apprentice," with his smooth hair, clean face, prim, neat appearance, and deferential manners, and in the "idle apprentice" who bore the stamp of future infamy upon his youthful aspect, are over. The modern novelist is not satisfied with so obvious an exemplification of the proverb about the child being father to the man. He rejoices rather to show that sound qualities exist in connection with unpromising exteriors, and to astonish the reader by making the boy who, according to the old style, ought to be a scamp, turn out a very fine fellow. Moreover, he does not forget to submit the companion picture to the same process. The good boy who gives no trouble, whose conduct is the pink of propriety, and whose hands, clothes, and general appearance are the delight of maiden aunts and the hope of an affectionate mother, is exhibited as a mean, double-faced young coward, and generally gets a sound "licking" from the hero in the course of the story. There is something in this, we readily admit. And this mode of treatment serves a good purpose, especially

so far as it teaches parents and others to distinguish between conduct in boys and girls which is really wrong, and that which is but the outflow of youthful exuberance of spirit, or at worst of a not unpardonable thoughtlessness, and conduct which springs from the deliberate adoption of false principles and violation of true ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013579552
Publisher:
OGB
Publication date:
11/10/2011
Series:
National Author's Edition - The Writings of Mark Twain , #12
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
883 KB

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated Junior Library) 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 300 reviews.
Trevor_ More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a very enthralling novel. It is about an imaginative young boy, Tom Sawyer who can be very mischievous but is naturally "good", instead of his half brother Sid, or the novel's antagonist, Injun Joe. He begins the story as a manipulative young rebel, which is demonstrated when he swindles his classmates into whitewashing a fence that he was originally punished to do, in exchange for small treasures. Tom, captivated with stories of pirates and other rebels, leads him and his friends in a series of adventures, from playing battles to running away to an island to create a pirate crew. As the adventures become more serious and dangerous, Tom becomes more and more mature. After witnessing a murder, and testifying against the killer, Injun Joe, Tom and Huckleberry Finn fear for their lives while treasure hunting, and they both display heroics that ultimately result into their "real" maturation into adulthood. Twain, throughout the story satirizes the hypocrisy of most adult institutions, such as the church, Sunday school, regular school and the temperance tavern. He views that adults are hypocritical and pretentious, possessing a certain "false maturity". This "false" maturity is defined by the moral maturity a person or institution has. For example, the temperance tavern, which is not supposed to serve alcohol, has a secret back room that does just that. By the end of the novel, Tom changed from attempting to undermine all authority, into a defender of the respectable adult society, displaying the truest sense of moral maturity, even though he was still not very old. Tom first explores superstitions with Huck, and soon becomes dependant on them. They created so many beliefs that in any uncertain situation, such as when they were in the haunted mansion, they can provide reassurance and confidence in one's self. Rebellion is prevalent within the novel. Tom and his friends commit crimes and disobey their parents, but they never are geared at hurting any other people. These minor rebellions could never lead to worse crimes, because Tom and the boys felt deep remorse only for stealing small amounts of bacon. These rebellious adventures for Tom lead to his praise within the community, like when he returns from Jackson's Island and shows up at his own funeral, only to be greeted with hugs. Injun Joe however, commits crimes that are obviously harmful to others such as murder, and finally dies, which shows that Twain condemns crimes that are harmful to others. I strongly recommend this intriguing book, although at times it can be hard to follow.
KTCTMTLT More than 1 year ago
I first read this incredible book when I was a little kid before Nooks were even created and I loved it and since The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is clearly a classic I figured it can only be better if I chooose it as an ebook to read to my younger family members so they can see how great this story is too! I started reading a couple of pages and there was some mis-spelled words and so I figured it was only on a few pages but than I kept on reading and it just got worse and worse to the point where I could not not even read it before I just got flat out disgusted with reading a single line because whenever I tried to figure out what the author wrote it made me feel so stupid so I would not recommend reading this particulr ebook be read by anyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy enjoy this book . If you are advanced in reading and 9-10 this will be a good book for you. If you are older and average in reading it may be interesting but it may not. Here is a quik summary, Tom and Huck go on a big adventure and huck is the boy every boy wants to be. Lucky Tom, he goes on an adventure and be a piarate!
sargerx More than 1 year ago
too many errors in the transcription. I gave up and decided to just read the hardback copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book as part of my summer honors language arts work. In my opinion, the beginning of the novel was rough, but after you understand the slang words and get to know the characters...the novel gets really good. I would probably recommend this book to soone who is 12 years of age or Older. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the most interesting book ever. You must read it!
read-knit More than 1 year ago
The story, of course, is great. But this edition came through with so many "typos" that I just couldn't read it. I got another copy through Gutenberg...
LoudWaves More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Tom Sawyer is a great book, but this scanned edition is so full of OCR errors that it's unreadable. Hard to even tell what Mark Twain is telling. Not only are many letters misread and the wrong ones inserted, the book is also full of misread punctuation that results in slashes and other marks which confuse. I guess since this edition is free that it's got some value, but it's sure no fun at all to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered a free sample and evem though I ended up buying it, I still only have the free sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so so interesting. It took me awhile to read thow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book i got it at the lybary at my school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you should get this book even though it has bad words.
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I guess its okay ish, but its really boring. Uggghhhh why does school make us read such sucky books uuuuuuggggghhhhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't pay attention to the negative reviews. Just. Read. It. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree to you both, it was filled with action, adventure, and esspessially (I spelled that wrong) excitement
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first when i saw the book i didnt think i was hoing to like it but when i started reading i knew i was wrong.that just goes to prove never judge a person or book by there cover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its abriged version if you want the real version dont buy it its a waste of money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so boring that if i had a paper back version of it i would through it across the room and stomp on it with a high heel entill it is shredded to bits!!!! The end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but it isnt tom sawyer. Its hucklberry finn. If you dont mind getting a diffrrent book from what it says then thats ok but warning wrong book!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To many mispells snd random signs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As sir poopypants i declare this book the most wonderful book in the world@?factories and co. Sorry people who are to read this that was my sister and i will try to keep her off the nook.in the meantime this book is tho most wonderful book in the world