The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated)

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 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

BN ID: 2940013579552
Publisher: OGB
Publication date: 11/10/2011
Series: National Author's Edition - The Writings of Mark Twain , #12
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 883 KB

About 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.

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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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated Junior Library) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 209 reviews.
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.
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
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.
Ynaffit27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get into at first--the vocabulary and language is tough and gets you off track. However, the story-line is great. I love the newer adaptation of this book with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The ending in the book is far better though, and of course the book is more detailed and the movie makes more sense in parts. Overall, I think this is a good book for adults and middle or high school students to read because it's about being young and finding yourself as you grow up.
BNBHarper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A young boy named Tom Sawyer grows up in a small town. He befriends a slave and goes through many adventures with him. Response: A very fun adventurous book to read. The fact that the characters were based off real people makes it even better. Connection: Have this as a read aloud chapter book discussing the plot with the kids as the teacher reads.
hshell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shares a story about a young boy who goes through some exciting adventures alongside his friends. Tom and his friends Finn share some innocent adventures that turn sour when they come upon a murder in a graveyard. The rest of the book follows the young men who are both afraid of the murderer and excited to be having an adventure. They end up being the town heros and find a box of gold which the murderer had been trying to hide. This book is full of excitment and would be great for any kid who craves a little adventure and suspense.
brittanybear79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom Sawyer was a little boy who was very mischievous. He went to live with his aunt. He didnt always follow the rules. He was forced to white wash the fence as punishment for some of the bad things he did. He tricked a lot of people into do stuff for him that he didnt want to do. He an Huck Finn went on a lot of adventures. Once Huck fell through the roof of the church and he faked his death. Then Becki found him and she was so mad when she found of that Huck was faking it the whole time. This book is known by a lot of people but most of them dont read it. They just know the main parts. i encourage people to read this. it is a fun read.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun little book with some moments of wry humor. Interesting to note things that were not known about Africa and the Middle East when this was written. The story itself is not believable, but with this author, I never thought it was supposed to be.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book!
ErikSalvail on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Monica Kulling adapted the classic tales of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain in a new version printed as a Stepping Stone Book(TM). The story is fun and steeped in trouble as Tom and Huck Finn play pirates, hunt treasures, and foil criminals. A great book to increase your child's literacy and read the classic tale.
SCRH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic in American literature. What more can be said.
atreic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mark Twain's prose is lovely, and walks a fine line between describing the rural South in ways which are sentimental or derogatory. But it is at the end of the day a children's book for boys, about Indians and buried treasure and running away and getting lost in caves, which while it is endearing and lovely is not sock-rocking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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
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!!
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