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Sawyer and Finn: The War Years
     

Sawyer and Finn: The War Years

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by Richard DeLong Adams
 

Richard DeLong Adams has performed a remarkable literary tour de force,
bringing back two of our favorite characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry
Finn, placing them in the Civil War in Missouri. They harmonize with historic
characters, including Congressman Frank Blair, the outlaw Jesse James, and Confederate guerilla Wild Bill Anderson, along with those

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Richard DeLong Adams has performed a remarkable literary tour de force,
bringing back two of our favorite characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry
Finn, placing them in the Civil War in Missouri. They harmonize with historic
characters, including Congressman Frank Blair, the outlaw Jesse James, and Confederate guerilla Wild Bill Anderson, along with those borrowed from Twain, such as the Widow Douglas, Judge and Becky Thatcher, and Jim, with a few inventions of his own, to create a wonderful tour of one of the tragic episodes in American history. The voices that emerge from this dark storm are potent reminders of who we Americans are, where we come from, and why.

Adams has created authentically American voices on both sides of our most terrible conflict and has traced to their sources the most intractable of U. S. paradoxes, including the Westward Expansion, slavery, miscegenation, agricultural versus urbanized society, North versus South, and commercial against patriotic interests.

Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of the book is a voice at once contemporary and authentic to the Missouri of the 1860s. The ever-changing aspects of America’s turn from rural to urban, from slavery to freedom resonate today. We see in Adams’s Huck and Tom not only Twain’s America, but our own, and the thunderous collisions of the ongoing ominous tragedy we still can feel today.

This exceptional novel will delight readers and recall why we’re proud — however
silently, however provisionally — to be Americans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935212461
Publisher:
Easton Studio Press, LLC
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

RICHARD DELONG ADAMS was born in Columbia, Missouri in 1933. He graduated from
Cornell University in 1953. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s 505th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, from 1954 to 1957.

In 1958 he moved to Hollywood, where he entered the film industry, initially working for Stanley Kubrick researching and writing battle scenes for SPARTACUS.

He worked on numerous film and television projects, both as an original writer and as a behind-the-scenes script doctor. His teleplay HONOR THY MOTHER was nominated for an “Edgar” Award in 1993.

Richard’s extensive travels have taken him to Russia, Central and South America and Asia. He lived in Rome for five years, and spent several years in Mexico.

SAWYER AND FINN is his first novel.

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Sawyer and Finn: The War Years 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
s2kreno More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were some of my favorite characters growing up, and I read and reread those books  repeatedly. The idea --  picking up their story as adults -- was compelling. Sadly, the execution of this book is just plain bad. It's pretty obviously a self-published thing without the benefit of an editor.  I work as an editor and  I'd fire any of my writers if they came out with this. Just really amateurish. Really bummed me out, and I feel silly for paying that much for it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a gem! It could well become an American classic. With a fast-moving, energetic narrative, the author shows us Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in early manhood passionately grappling with personal dilemmas as well as the dramatic pressures of their time. The larger issues of the Civil War, the tragedy of the conflict and the fate of the slaves, are dealt with powerfully and with a frankness that at times surprised me. I savored the stories of the two young men and those of the characters around them. The book is poignant and rich with life and I strongly recommend it for its moving human story and its probing look at this crisis in American history.