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Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn (Collector's Library of Classics 1)

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Tom Sawyer, a shrewd and adventurous boy, is as much at home in the respectable world of his Aunt Polly as in the self-reliant and parentless world of his friend Huck Finn. The two enjoy a series of adventures, accidentally witnessing a murder, establishing the innocence of the man wrongly accused, as well as being hunted by Injun Joe, the true murderer, eventually escapin ...more
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Jason Pettus
Feb 29, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, classic, victorian
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reposted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which over a two-year period I read a hundred so-called "classics," then write essays about whether I think they deserve the label
This week: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain (1876)
Book #6 of this essay series

The story in a nutshell:
Designed specifically to be a popular exa
Mar 16, 2008 Lmcwil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I don't understand why these are only listed as one book- I distinctly remember reading Tom Sawyer, and then some years later, reading Huck Finn. Anyways, I liked them both although I recall particularly appreciating the latter. As far as I recall, Tom Sawyer was basically just a fun read, whereas Huck Finn seemed more of a social commentary, with a certain dark brooding about it. I read these both ages ago, prolly when i was about 13 or 14; I would definitely recommend.
Ebster Davis
Aug 30, 2011 Ebster Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, this is the first time I've listened to the unabridged version. For those of us naive enough to believe that the two American Folk heroes in this book are merely rambunctious teenagers looking for adventure, the real story will come as a complete shock.

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are budding psychopaths.

It's not like its completely their faults either. They both have a skewed sense of morality that was influenced by their upbringing and culture. Huck was abused badly and then ab
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Correct start date for my reading Huck Finn is some time in the Fall of 19** about when Mr G was reading aloud to the class of us sixth-graders but being as how I suppose we all preferred the Ray Bradbury and Stephen King short stories we didn't get so very far in ole Huck's autobiography. Forward a few states and years and Mrs Rule tried to teach us Huck Finn in eighth grade. (Bless her soul, the only competent teacher in a school staffed by monkeys.) I did my damnedest to avoid reading much of ...more
May 08, 2008 Ani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
By Mark Twain
Review by Anneliese Edge

I can honestly say I have never been to the Mississippi River, but the author of the this great American novel made me feel as if I were actually with Huck and Jim on their many adventures down this historical river. The novel is about a young boy named Huckleberry Finn who is searching for adventure and is longing for freedom. This young boy was taken away by his drunk of a father because he wanted to possess the money Huc
John Wiswell
Aug 12, 2007 John Wiswell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This the best volume without annotations, as it compactly contains both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with the split in the middle that explains the former is the story of a boy, and the latter is the story of a man.

The former captures the spirit of boyhood extremely well, with an unrivaled sense of humor and ignorance. It's just anecdotal enough to be read in tiny doses or in a steady stream, and builds to a satisfying climax - though plot is always in thi
Mar 03, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread this and liked it a lot more. My first review is below this one. I got to thinking about narrators who reveal things about themselves unintentionally. Plus I liked Jim a lot more. Definately a sloppy book, but Huck is great. Kinda sad how he is great and doesn't realize it.

The language in this book and the style of narration are what make Huck Finn. I am not interested in the movement of the plot which tires me in keeping track of where the hell they are going. But that is lazy attenti
I like Huck's story better than Tom's. Probably because it is darker. Tom's story is alright, he's a very smart and creative kid and he sometimes made me laugh, especially the part when he was asked about the first two disciples during Sunday School and he answered David and Goliath, haha...

Anyway, Huck's story is better because it gives more insight on the real life and people along the Mississippi river when there's still slavery. Huck surely met with various, interesting characters during his
Vishnu Vardhan
Aug 31, 2015 Vishnu Vardhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I'd read both of these a decade ago, when I was about the same age as Tom and Huck, reading them again has been such a differently enriching experience. While the first is, ostensibly, a book for children by adults, the second is a book for adults by children.

Even as both works can exist in their own, a dual edition like this brings out some of the inherent interdependencies as well those feature which contrast one another sharply. I agree with those who say that Twain is perhaps Amer
Oct 17, 2012 Sonja rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I simply hate the way it is written. Yes, I know the southern American language shapes the characters and makes them unique, but damn it, it takes forever to read. Old medieval English is more understandable than this crap. I'll take Shakespeare any day.
The story is lazing along and, to be honest, quite boring most of the time. There are so many detours and unnecessary details that even though the book is not that long, it feels like the length of a heavy Russian drama. I can honestly say that I
Brian Ridge
Mar 27, 2011 Brian Ridge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-classics
Not sure what else I can add to the mountains of praise these two books have received over the years. Clearly, they are are classics of American literature that deserve to be read in their original form by all American high school students. I think that what I liked best about these two books is the innocence and simplicity of the era. While kids today are busy with TV, movies, computer games, social media, and cell phones, Tom, Huck and their friends could entertain themselves for hours on end ...more
One of the books which I read in my teenage years. During those year I would grab any book and read just to make myself busy, discover stuff and plus I was let’s say a naughty girl. We had a teacher who a side that she was our Art teacher; was trying to discover the student's inner part. She lent me the book and I kept the book in my drawer for months. School was about to be closed for summer vocation and she asked me about the book. I felt so bad, ashamed what should I answer. She noticed and s ...more
Summer Stillson
It’s never too late to read "The Great American Novel"
Samuel Langhorne Clemons, aka Mark Twain, was an exemplary American author and humorist, some say, the father of American literature. Others say, the greatest humorist of his time. I think it’s important each of us finds out for ourselves if these labels are accurate.
I enjoy the light-hearted nature of his writing through the vernacular style he chooses based on the 19th century time period. Growing up in Hannibal, Missouri, provided Mr. Tw
Michelle Cummings
Summary: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a book about a boy named Tom and the adventures he goes on with his friend Huckleberry Finn. Tom and Huck witness a murder and swear not to tell anyone about it. The wrong man is accused of the murder and they keep their silence and run away to become pirates. The whole town thinks they are dead, but they return and surprise everyone at their funerals. Tom feels guilty about what he witnessed so he testifies in court to acquit the falsely accused man, how ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classical satire. Satires are meant to mock their subjects. In the case of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain is mocking society and its ideals. On Huck’s journey through the south on the Mississippi River, he encounters much racism which shows the country’s opinions on blacks. Throughout the novel, though, Huck experiences sympathy and fondness for his companion, an escaped slave named Jim. Jim is incredibly loyal and caring and grateful. This allows Huck to s ...more
Joshua Savage
Sep 21, 2015 Joshua Savage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I refrained from reading this book for many years not because of the use of the "N" word or its controversial nature. Instead, I simply had little interest in what is thought to be a mainstay of post-civil war literature. After reading the work, however, I find myself compelled by the mastery of Twain's writing, humor, and wit. The character of Huckleberry is complex--more complex than is frequently argued--and the poignancy of Huck's identity as an outcast or "other" character is rich. Perhaps ...more
Mar 18, 2011 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is about the life and times of a boy named Huckleberry Finn. After running away from home, Huck hides off in a near by island, and while at the island he gets to know and continues his adventures with Jim, a runaway slave. I really enjoyed the book because it was fun to read, unpredictable, and I liked how Mark Twain made the book feel like it was written by Huck himself. It's a good book, and I would recommend it.

Feb 15, 2016 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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June Ahern
Jun 12, 2011 June Ahern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Twain was a writing genius as he captured a time in American history and the lives of people living in the South. I'm chucking my way through Huck's adventures with Tom showing up recently. Read this as a teen and rereading as a senior with much change of my outlook on the story. Completed - again - since I've read this read this story way back in the olden days. A good read for sure!
Apr 03, 2010 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are two of the most iconic American characters, and this volume contains both of their stories. The first - Tom Sawyer's - is a good, general read, but the second - Huck's - is where Mark Twain really pulls out all his stops. He tackles some of the deepest issues of his America, namely, slavery and abolition, and creates an incredible satiric novel.
Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure? Wanted to explore and run away? In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the young boy Huck goes off on an adventure. He flees from his house and meets Jim. As Jim runs for his life and gets tangled into conflicts, Tom and Huck begin to make plans for an escape, and each step of the plan becomes more and more complicated and time-consuming.

Mark Twain shows the boys innocence by using humor and childlike actions but still moral, to describe thei
Jun 02, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this novel as a child. Reading as an adult, I found that I wasn't quite so engrossed but I did enjoy it and appreciated the author's style of writing. I found myself paying less attention to the story which I knew and more to the writing and language. A great period tale.
Mar 06, 2016 Zari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She makes me get up just at the same time every morning; she makes me wash, they comb me all to thunder; she won't let me sleep in the woodshed; I got to wear them blamed clothes that just smothers me, Tom; they don't seem to let any air git through 'em, somehow; and they're so rotten nice that I can't set down, nor lay down, nor roll around anywher's; I hain't slid on a cellar-door for — well, it 'pears to be years; I got to go to church and sweat and sweat — I hate them ornery sermons! I can' ...more
Ruiji Kimura
Jun 16, 2014 Ruiji Kimura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5/28 20min
6/2 50min

boy - escape - father - survive- help - slave - friends
〜PASSAGE/EXCERPT from the book that you liked or didn't like〜
You listen to me, Tom Sawyer. You say I'm a free man now, and perhaps I am. But old Jim is not going to run away and leave one of his friends with a bullet in his leg! So I'm staying right here until a doctor comes.
〜Why did you like/didn't you like the passage/excerpt you wrote above〜
This sentence is what Jim, a slave, said. Before this sentence, Ji
Aug 04, 2008 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
Not as much fun as Huckleberry Finn, but then when I re-read Huck, Tom was the most annoying part. He's such a bone-head.
Claire Sherry
Nov 08, 2015 Claire Sherry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The satirical perspectives throughout the book are pretty repetitive. Although I thoroughly enjoy Huck's jubilant, and wise character I do not however enjoy the book so far. All I am getting out of it is that Jim, the escaped slave, and Huck are traveling down the Mississippi River as they are faced with many obstacles and meet many people. The romanticism of life is a satirical critique all throughout the novel and during the time I understand that with a war going on it might not have been a g ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kennt wohl jeder aus seinen kindheitstagen
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Robert Hudder
Apr 01, 2016 Robert Hudder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am afraid that this might be the last bedtime book I read to my boys. The eldest left the room halfway through the book as it traced the dissolution of my marriage. He has not come back to listen to bed time stories but he is twelve. All things must pass.

The two books go back to back and cover a lot of shenanigans and hijinks. I read it most of it in the language written and explained to the boys about slavery and the words. I couldn't keep that up. 2/3 of the way through the book, I started
G.D. Master
May 20, 2015 G.D. Master rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Academics and readers concerned with racial attitudes in America
For readers who are concerned with racial attitudes in America, Twain scholar Alan Gribben has combined The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn into one volume. He has replaced the pejorative form of the word “negro” and the word “Injun” in the texts to offer sensitive readers an alternative.

In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom’s home, school, church, and town hijinks make for entertaining fair for young and old alike. Tom Sawyer is narrated by Mark Twain and has yout
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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
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