The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a novel written by Mark Twain and first published in 1876. The book is set in the 1840s in a fictional Missouri town near the Mississippi River and follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer as he gets into mischief with his friends, including Huckleberry Finn. Twain explained that many of the adventures the Tom Sawyer has were real events that occurred to him or his friends in childhood.

Status

I do not own the book. I am listening to it as an audio book.

Review

Good

  • Like many books from this era, it uses an expansive vocabulary. I wish more modern novels did this.
  • Twain makes a lot of observations about hypocrisy and stupidity and words them most cleverly.
  • I like how Tom, like many young boys, is extremely selfish about his feelings towards Becky, and causes all sorts of grief for her and his previous girlfriend because of it.

Bad

  • At first, I was interested in reading about the silly superstitions of the time, but as they began to accumulate, to the point where everyone in the town was staggeringly superstitious, it became obnoxious.
  • Despite witnessing a murder for which a man and an arrest of innocent man supposedly weighing heavily on Tom and Huck, they still manage to have all sorts of wonderfully fun adventures without so much as a second thought about it.
  • There is a chapter nearly dedicated to insulting how school girls write. This would be forgivable if it were written from the perspective of Tom, but it's from the narrator, so it shows more the opinion of Twain as an adult rather than as a child.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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