Thursday, April 22, 2010

Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Sterling Publishing Co., New York (2004)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Unabridged Books on Cd, Read by Norman Dietz, (1987)

The 100th anniversary of Twain's death is April, 21 2010.

Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, in the Mississippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. His best friend (buddy) and companion of adventures Huck Finn helps Tom to invent how to avoid school, and get fun night and day.

The main themes are: children looking for trouble, adults as adults always do, and humorism tinged with satire.

Sometimes Tom disappears in the Huck's shadow, and sometimes Tom and Huck work together: these passages are most successful with Twain's job. For example:
Huck: 'When you going to start the gang and turn robbers?'
Tom: 'We'll get the boys together and have the initiation tonight, maybe.'
Huck: 'Have the which?'
Tom: 'Have the initiation.'
Huck: 'What's that?'
Tom: ' It's to swear ... etc etc

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic book suitable for all ages.

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