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From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities...more
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Published March 31st 2008 by Tantor Media (first published 1876)
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Nataliya
I was five and a half years old when my mother gave me The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a New Year's gift (she is a literature teacher, and I have been reading novels since the tender age of four or so, and so it seemed appropriate).

Being a diligent and serious¹ child (neither of those qualities have stuck with me, unfortunately), I opened it to page 1 and started reading. I even took it with me to kindergarten, where other kids were learning letters and I was mercifully allowed to read hefty tom...more
Doug
My all-time favorite work of fiction. I usually read this every summer.

As a fourth grader I read this book and took it very seriously. It was my dream to build a raft and go adventuring. Actually I did build the raft, but there was not enough water in the creek.

My other great ambition was to come marching into my own funeral. I still think that would be fun.

When I read about Tom taking a licking for Becky Thatcher in school and sharing his cake with her in the cave, I thought that was incredibl...more
K.D. Absolutely
This coming of age novel is an important American classic because:
1) It is the precursor for the bigger and more important Mark Twain novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

2) It is a historical fiction giving readers a glimpse of the laid back town's life in the mid to late 19th century. The town is called St. Petersburg that is based on Hannibal, Missouri, the hometown of Mark Twain. This book is basically a satire of the customs and superstitions that Americans practiced and believed durin
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Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Great American Con.
Shelves: fiction
There's not much that can be said about this book by a hack like me that would do it justice. Mark Twain was the first American writer to figure out how to turn the American vernacular into art, and he was the first historian to document how we talked. He also was a visionary who saw the problems of race and the problem racism would be in the future, and he tried to warn the future the only way he knew how: by writing about it then. He was gutsy and he was talented and he was hilarious, and this...more
Joel
Nov 24, 2010 Joel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joel by: Fisher Price
As a child, nothing terrified me more than being lost. My parents found this hilarious. Every time we went on a road trip, my dad would wait a few hours and then start moaning that we had somehow gotten lost. "We're looost! We're looost!" he would wail, and in the backseat I would immediately start bawling. My vivid memories of this suggest that the fear grabbed me long after I should have been old enough to realize that a little kid can't really be lost while with his parents, let alone that yo...more
Teri
I truly feel that if Tom Sawyer were ever a real person, there is not one single method of torture that he could endure that would satisfy how much I want to see this person suffer. All I know is that death would be too kind. Tom Sawyer is a bully. He is insufferably mischievous for no good reason, and the only act(s) of heroism he manages to pull off are to fulfill his own selfish motivations. He has absolutely no value to humankind. He is a conviction character with no arc and no personal grow...more
Peter
I read Huckleberry Finn first and found that a superior book. I think what makes that book better is the great overarching story and the strong narrator Huck, whose childlike 'simple' view Twain uses to question the status quo of the world around him. The only part of Huckleberry Finn that I disliked was Tom Sawyer's appearance at the end. That didn't bode well for this book, but I thought I would give it a go anyway.

#SPOILERS#

In this book Huck is not as fully formed as he appears in his own sto...more
Amir Lewiz

،عندما أنهي كتابتها مارك توين قرر أنها للناشئين
.لكن قرأها أيضا و استمتع بها عدد لا يحصي من الكبار علي مر السنين

و تحتوي علي ذكريات طفولة مارك توين علي نهر المسيسيبي ،
والكثير من الأحداث والشخصيات أخذت مباشرة من الحياة
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توم الولد الذكي الشقي الذي لا يطيع أوامر و نصائح الخالة بولي ولا أستاذه
وطالما تسبب ذلك في متاعب عديدة لهم ؛
مما كان يضطر خالته طيبة القلب لمعاقبته،

أما استاذه فلا يفكر مرتين قبل أن يعاقبه بقسوة.


لكن هذا الذكي الفنان عرف في احدي المرات كيف ينجو من عقاب خالته...more
eliza
Little-known fact: I played an extra in the musical and got to choose my own name. I picked "Tony" but was told I had to change it because "the Italians hadn't arrived yet." So I changed it to "Anthony" and they accepted that. I guess what they meant is that the Italians hadn't started using nick-names yet.
Anastasia
Le avventure di Tom Sawyer è un libro incredibile per i piccoli lettori e un inno all'infanzia perduta per quelli un po' più grandi.

E possiamo far valere questo opening pure come ending e far capire che si potrebbe riassumere tutto qui, a livello di significato, contenuto e impressioni da parte del lettore.
Però io non sono capace di stare zitta, quindi allungo la questione.
Non tanto, lo prometto.

Tom Sawyer è uno di quei bambini che io non avrei sopportato da piccola. Sempre pieno di energie, il...more
Carol
The settling for this classic written over 100 years ago is just a hop, skip and a jump away from me in Hannibal, Missouri.

This fun read is full of nonsense and mayhem provided by the cast of Tom, his pal Huck Finn, his girlfriend Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and the mysterious Injun Joe. What a treat it was to find out that most of these crazy adventures actually occurred in real life to Mark Twain himself or his schoolmates.

It really was hard to get through this tale without laughing at Tom's m

...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Just had to "pick" an edition...couldn't find either the one I read back in the 60s or the one on my shelves now.

This is a wonderful book, for young or old, read it over and over a"true" American classic. Great, great, great.

Tom white washing the fence is so well know...and most have at least heard of Becky, but if you haven't gone to the grave yard with Tom (and Huck) and taken the blood oath: "swears they will keep mum about This and They wish They may Drop down dead in Their Tracks if They ev...more
Simona Bartolotta
"I due ragazzi si rivestirono, nascosero gli armamenti e presero la via del ritorno rimpiangendo che non esistessero più banditi e chiedendosi con che cosa di altrettanto valido e affascinante li avesse sostituiti la civiltà moderna. E aggiunsero che avrebbero preferito decisamente essere banditi per un anno nella foresta di Sherwood piuttosto che Presidenti degli Stati Uniti per sempre."

Quanta la dolcezza di queste parole? Infinita. E quanta la nostalgia che ci sommerge quando leggiamo questo b...more
Jason Pettus
I'm admittedly a fan of many of Mark Twain's works; so which to write up here at my social network? So I picked this one, because of me growing up three hours' south of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain's actual childhood hometown, which he paints a vivd picture of in this particular book, and which I visited numerous times as a child. And wow, where do you even begin with how great a writer Mark Twain was? Dark yet mainstream, bitter yet sunny, with a prose style that unbelievably still holds up well 1...more
Stephen
4.0 stars. This is a 3 star story that is raised to 4 stars on the strength of Mark Twain's unique voice and engaging wit. Twain captures perfectly the tone and spirit of what it is to be a boy and crafts a timeless YA novel that can be enjoyed by both children and parents alike. Looking forward to reading some of Twain's adult work. Highly Recommended!!!!
Maria
Tom Sawyer!
Oh, como eu gostava de ver os desenhos animados do Tom Sawyer. Aventuras, maluqueiras!

Quando os via nem tinha noção da existência do livro e de que os desenhos eram uma adaptação.
É o segundo livro que leio por causa de desenhos animados. O primeiro foi A Ilha do Tesouro, que é um dos meus livros favoritos.

"As Aventuras de Tom Sawyer" é, como diz o título, um livro que fala das aventuras deste rapaz.
Tom anda sempre metido em sarilhos e traquinices. Tem vários amigos, mas Huckleberr...more
Jimmy
Sahabat sejatiku, hilangkah dari ingatanmu
Di hari kita saling berbagi
Dengan kotak sejuta mimpi, aku datang menghampirimu
Kuperlihat semua hartaku
Kita s’lalu berpendapat, kita ini yang terhebat
Kesombongan di masa muda yang indah
Aku raja kaupun raja
Aku hitam kaupun hitam
Arti teman lebih dari sekedar materi


…mengutip lirik dari lagu “Sahabat Sejati” – Sheila on 7

Saya pikir cuplikan lirik lagu di atas cukup mewakili seperti apa masa kanak-kanak kita. Ingin selalu menjadi yang paling hebat di antara te...more
Harrison Witcher
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is probably the most well-known book in American literature. Written in 1876, Mark Twain crafts this master piece from some of his own experiences. The book takes place in the mid to late 1800’s and is written about a twelve year old boy named Tom Sawyer who grows up living by the Mississippi river.

Tom Sawyer is a twelve year old mischievous child who every child in town wants to be. When Tom and his best friend Huckleberry Finn are together they are unstoppable with...more
Joseph
Tom Sawyer is two stories in one. More well known is the tale of boyhood adventures, imaginative games and cruelty to animals; a meandering, pleasant story drawn from events in Mark Twain's life. These comical chapters drift logically into each other and give a rich impression of a distant time and place.

The other story interlaced is less well known for a reason, its a dark tale of murder and robbery with racist elements (the villain is a cliched heartless stoic 'half-breed.') Worse, this tale i...more
Winnie
Mar 28, 2009 Winnie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
funny,but boring too.
Brandt
I have just finished reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by: Mark Twain. Mark Twain’s life is almost as exciting as Tom Sawyer’s. Mark Twain is actually just a pen name his real name is Samuel Clemens. Clemens made the fake name because he did not want to be yelled at because of what he wrote about in his books. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a historical fiction about a kid named Tom Sawyer experiencing his every day life while also experiencing a bit of a mystery around town involving a tre...more
miaaa
Childhood is fun, best of the years, although you might not think about it like that during the years. It is only when you're an adult then you savour your childhood memories.


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Pengakuan #1

Ternyata ingatan bisa menipu, seperti yang dikatakan Salman Rusdie di Midnight's Children: "Memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events...more
Yena Lee
Dec 11, 2007 Yena Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
When I was young I had read this book once. I read this book again recently and thought differently from the last time. The cover of book was interesting which was showing Tom Sawyer’s wit.(I couldn’t find the book in Good Reads) He gave his work to friends by using the wit and instead, he ate friend’s apple. As the title of the book says, ‘The adventure of Tom Sawyer’ is about the boy named Tom Sawyer’s adventure. Not only had that Tom Sawyer practiced and dreamed his own dreams with his faithf...more
Dina
Hello, I'm the asshole giving Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer a two star rating - "it was ok" in Goodreads parlance.

I find it hard to separate myself from the idea that much of this book's "classic" status stems purely from nostalgia, be it for late 1800's or from the former boy critics and readers who find Tom's antics so relatable. The plot meanders along like the mighty Mississip St. Petersburg is situated on, trickling along several similar sub-plot estuaries before we wrap up this...more
John Yelverton
A classic novel of Midwestern America. Should be read by all, if solely for the historical value of it.
Madi
its good, but harder 2 read than i thought, am reading 4 school
Lina AL Ojaili
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Susmitchell
This book killed my summer. Let me elaborate: The summer after sixth grade I was young and fresh, and looking forward to middle school. And then I read THIS. My feelings when I laid eyes on this book for my summer reading assignment are akin to those of Old Yeller when that little kid shoots him: Betrayal, Anger, and a bit of Confusion. This book ruined the best 1/4 of the year for me, and I will NEVER forgive it. To demonstrate the depth of my hatred for Tom Sawyer, I cut out the pages with a r...more
Jemima Pett
It seems somehow irreverant to dislike a classic that's so, well, classic, as Tom Sawyer. In fact I only disliked the first half. When Tom and his friends really embark on their adventures, it becomes a great story.

It could be partly cultural. English kids don't do many American classics at school, well, we certainly didn't, and although I can relate to 1830s life through other tales, films and programmes, it doesn't mean I'm at ease with them. I didn't feel that Tom's school adventures were tol...more
matt

I read this when I was pretty young. I remember having one of those gold-embossed Classics for Kids hardcovers and being sick or something and just going through it hour after hour. I remember slowly turning the cover forward and back, watching the ripple of light from my window pass over the indentations of Tom's face and actually scaring myself with how drastically different it looked without the fully embossed gold shining...he looked positively demonic when the light hit him the right way.....more
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work...more
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