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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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Jan 29, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

Though not his magnum opus, Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer more than sets the stage for the deeper and more profound Huckleberry Finn. And that is no small thing. As Twain says in the prologue, he just wanted to remind adults what it was like to be a child, and free.

Tom is, in many ways, more interesting than Huck, because his character is more well-rounded: sometimes he's a good, obedient boy and a believer, if reluctant; others, he's just as much a rascal as his partner-in-crime Huck. He has other friends besides Huck and is in love with Becky Thatcher.

Sudden turns to drama (the cemetery murder scene) and hand-wringing fear (the cave sequence) make light touches like the fence white-washing chapter that establishes Tom as the consummate huckster even more delicious. A book for the ages, and not just young ages. Re-read it and enjoy!

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