Nov 30

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
“Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.”

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an American classic about a boy coming of age on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.  Sawye,r a young boy living with his aunt goes on one adventure after another as he learns about human nature, love, and consequences of ones actions.  Tom Sawyer starts the book off as a mischievous boy but as the book progresses he matures and develops a different outlook on life and sees how his childhood pranks start to impact those around him.

This Mark Twain classic starts off with Tom Sawyer getting in trouble for ditching school on a Friday, getting into a fight with a well to do kid, and dirtying his clothes.  His punishment for his transgressions is to whitewash his aunt’s fence which leads to one of the more famous scenes in literature where Tom not only gets the kids in town to do the work for him but gets those kids to pay him to let them paint the fence.  Tom then goes a whirlwind romance with the new girl in town, goes on adventure at a graveyard where he witnesses a murder, and decides to run away from home with his friends Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper.  Each one of those situations causes Sawyer to make decisions that will take him from being a mere child to becoming a young adult.  What decisions will Tom make?  Well, to find out you need to read this wonderful book.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a great read that paints a wonderful portrait of the trials and tribulations of a boy coming of age. Even though the book was written in the 19th century and is about a boy living in a bygone age human nature has not changed that much and the story is easily relatable from the feelings that Tom gets when he sees Becky for the first time or when Tom and his friends decide to escape their reality by running away and becoming “pirates.”

Personally I like Huckleberry Finn more than The Adventures of Tom Sawyer due to the grittier material found in Finn compared to the more light hearted feel of Sawyer.  It is still a fun read and one that is full of humorous situations coupled with trying to answer some of life’s deeper questions.  I give The Adventures 4 out of 5 shells.
4 shells

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