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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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Nov 24, 07

bookshelves: classics, childrens-literature
Read in November, 2007

As a classic I've only so much room to judge--obviously it is good literature. However I do have my say on whether I like the book or not, and I do. It's hard not to like a story about a more or less well intentioned boy who is always looking for adventure and generally finding it. Amidst the adventures runs the thread of the theme of growing up. Tom's adventures usually get mixed up with some unforeseen circumstance which makes him do so. If the tread ran more thickly it might be about a boy who becomes a man. It steers clear of that, and Tom is still a boy at the end of the book, only he's a more grown boy than when he started. This allows for childishly simple truths of love, friendship, and certain types of honesty to hold strong but not without dashing the idea that Tom would still be up and about mischief for a little bit longer at least.

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