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Tom Sawyer Abroad
     

Tom Sawyer Abroad

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by Mark Twain
 

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This rollicking adventure novel brings back Twain's best-loved characters—Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and the freed slave Jim—for a balloon trip around the world. Escaping civilization and Aunt Polly once again, this lively tale of far-off exploits is, as Twain wrote, "a story that will not only interest boys but any man who has ever been a boy, which

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This rollicking adventure novel brings back Twain's best-loved characters—Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and the freed slave Jim—for a balloon trip around the world. Escaping civilization and Aunt Polly once again, this lively tale of far-off exploits is, as Twain wrote, "a story that will not only interest boys but any man who has ever been a boy, which immensely enlarges the audience." The book's comic tall tales and bold escapades are punctuated by a series of animated conversations among the three friends on topics that include the Crusades, religious toleration, racial discrimination, the limitations of maps, and the fine art of cursing. Tom and Jim rescue a child from brigands. Jim finds himself alone atop the Sphinx with an American flag. Adventure, burlesque, and serious commentary on society and its failings make Tom Sawyer Abroad an engaging and memorable book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195101485
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/05/1996
Series:
Oxford Mark Twain Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 6.56(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist noted for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has been called "The Great American Novel") and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among many other books. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and he spent time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before finding fame as a writer.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 30, 1835
Date of Death:
April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:
Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:
Redding, Connecticut

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Tom Sawyer Abroad 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twain wrote 'Tom Sawyer Abroad' as he wrote many other works, for financial gain. At approximately 40,000 words it is pale in both length and quality when compared to 'Huckleberry Finn.' Most critics have a problem with Twain's ending of the latter but at least it had one. 'Tom Sawyer Abroad' comes to a grinding halt and leaves one feeling that those old, classic characters have been unfairly and unwillingly exhumed from their noble state for dubious ennoblement in what is basically a humourist's response to Jules Verne. If you liked 'Huckleberry Finn' then that that alone might be a reason to read 'Tom Sawyer Abroad.' Otherwise, it's not worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Sawyer Abroad is an excellent book! It is yet another book about Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Jim. Written by Mark Twain, this book takes Tom, Huck, and Jim across the world. When Tom, Huck, and Jim go look at a flying machine built by a mad scientist the flying machine suddenly takes off with Tom, Huck, Jim, and the scientist. When the scientist falls overboard, Tom, Huck, and Jim are left to steer the machine! This is when the real adventure begins. They travel across oceans and deserts as they try to get back home. If you enjoy Mark Twain books, then this is a must read!
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Ok
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Its alright.
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I love mark twain<3
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
If you haven't already read Tom Sawyer (could there possibly be anyone who hasn't?) - nonetheless, if you have not, read it first and then, by all means, give a listen to TOM SAWYER ABROAD as narrated by the estimable Grover Gardner. This voice performer's mantel must be groaning under all the awards he has received - AudioFile named him one of the "best Voices of the Century" and a "Golden Voice"; he's won an Audie Award, and was chosen Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly. His performance loses none of the folksiness that is so much part and parcel of the Twain stories, and adds frissons of excitement to what is most surely an amazing adventure. Now, once you've become familiar with Tom Sawyer, you know that Tom and Huck thrive on derring-do and are always ready for a challenge. There are quite a few of those in TOM SAWYER ABROAD. They go off to witness the unveiling of an airship only to be held captive by a kooky inventor, Then as luck and Twain would have it the inventor falls overboard leaving the boys trying to control a wayward airship. Soon they're hurtling over the ocean carrying them where and to meet what? This is one more of Twain's masterpieces masterfully read by Grover Gardner. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
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