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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) [Leather Bound]

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7 Nov 2012 Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection
Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest of those boys who were schoolmates of mine', Mark Twain wrote in the preface to the original 1876 edition. Inspired by his upbringing in a small township on the Mississippi and written 'to remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in', Twain's hymn to childhood and the great outdoors remains a classic account of boys on the loose in frontier-era America. The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early nineteenth century.

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  • Leather Bound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (7 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435136152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435136151
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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- "This classic story will stay with you through life, and always remind you of the things that you knew were important when you first read it." --"Independent"

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The classic boy-hero of American literature --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing into a Man 13 May 2004
Tom Sawyer is the first great coming of age American novel. In addition, Tom Sawyer is one of the most endearing characters in American fiction. This wonderful book deals with all the challenges that any young person faces, and resolves them in exciting and unusual ways.
Like many young people, Tom would rather be having fun than going to school and church. This desire to enjoy life is always getting him into trouble, from which he finds unusual and imaginative solutions. One of the great scenes in this book has Tom persuading his friends to help him whitewash a fence by making them think that nothing could be finer than doing his punishment for playing hooky from school. When I first read this story, it opened up my mind to the potential power of persuasion.
Tom also is given up for dead and has the unusual experience of watching his own funeral and hearing what people really thought of him. That's something we all should be able to do. By imagining what people will say at our funeral, we can help establish the purpose of our own lives. Mark Twain has given us a powerful tool for self-examination in this wonderful sequence.
Tom and Huck Finn also witness a murder, and have to decide how to handle the fact that they were not supposed to be there and their fear of retribution from the murderer, Injun Joe.
Girls are a part of Tom's life, and Becky Thatcher and he have a remarkable adventure in a cave with Injun Joe. Any young person will remember the excitement of being near someone they cared about alone in this vignette.
Tom stands for the freedom that the American frontier offered to everyone. His aunt Polly represents the civilizing influence of adults and towns. Twain sets up a rewarding novel that makes us rethink the advantages of both freedom and civilization. In this day of the Internet frontier, this story can still provide valuable lessons about listening to our inner selves and acting on what they have to say. Enjoy looking for fun in new ways!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that would be enjoyed by everyone 21 July 2005
This is an enjoyable book with language used by olden day children, which gives excellent effect. It has thrilling and exciting chapters and adventures which are sometimes funny, strange or even scary. Mark Twain used a lot of adjectives to describe scenes, settings and characters. Something like "In a DREARY mood". He made the book Adventurous, Funny and Legendary. The characters in the book are well described and sounded really interesting. Mark Twain also used strong verbs and adverbs to make the story come to life. I think a lot of people would enjoy reading it.
I would recommend that children aged 10-13 to read this book. However people younger or older can as easily enjoy it as much as anyone else.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic 5 Jan 2008
By BizLiz
For some reason I decided to re-read this over Christmas (I hadn't read it since I was at school) and I'm so glad I did because it was much more fun and far more interesting and perceptive than I remembered.

It draws a picture of a time and place I know little about but seemed utterly convincing and I was really struck by the amount of superstition the characters in the book displayed - adults as well as children. Parts of it reminded me of my own childhood (in Essex - a long way from the Mississippi!), parts of it were very touching and parts of it were laugh out loud funny.

It's a gentle read, and the writing is both stylish and wry. I'm going to re-read Huck Finn as soon as I get time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oneworld Classics edition 3 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a good edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, then you could do a lot worse than the Oneworld Classics edition (Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (Oneworld Classics)), of which this is a review. The book has been attractively designed and the paper is of good quality. Instead of overloading the text with distracting annotations, there are only a small number of notes (nineteen in all, each marked in the text by an asterisk) which serve to explain unfamiliar phrases, such as 'tree box', 'spunk water' and 'the balm of Gilead'. The volume begins with a couple of pages of photos of Twain and the homes where he lived, and a couple of pages reproducing the chapter openings from the first (illustrated) edition of Tom Sawyer. Instead of an introduction, Oneworld Classics have wisely opted for a section of Extra Material at the end of the book: a life of Twain (sufficiently detailed to be informative without being overlong), a brief guide to Mark Twain's works and a very short Bibliography.

Concerning the work itself, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an absolute classic; Twain displays throughout a wonderfully dry sense of humour and a vividness in his characterisation, all of which make for highly amusing and memorable scenes. Tom Sawyer may lack the sheer heart-stopping grandeur that is Huckleberry Finn (Oneworld Classics), but as a portrait of a lost boyhood, at once satirical and affectionate, it is surely without peer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading 9 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a book I wanted to read as a boy, but my parents couldn't afford to buy books.
Now a pensioner and a proud Kindle owner, I have now read it and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two halves 22 Mar 2014
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It seems somehow irreverant to dislike a classic that’s so, well, classic, as Tom Sawyer. In fact I only disliked the first half. When Tom and his friends really embark on their adventures, it becomes a great story.

It could be partly cultural. English kids don’t do many American classics at school, well, we certainly didn’t, and although I can relate to 1830s life through other tales,films and programmes, it doesn’t mean I enjoy them. I didn’t feel that Tom’s school adventures were told as well as say, in The Ninja LIbrarian. It was difficult to understand the voices of the characters, the idioms and accents. Maybe because of that, I found it hard to distinguish between the young people. Long passages of dialogue between Tom and Huckleberry Finn, for example, became just dialogue to me with no clear understanding of who was talking.

This changed when Tom went on his adventures. The power of the writing drew you into the scene, the hardships, the danger, imagined or not. Some of Tom’s antics are cringeworthy but eventually he and his friends become embroiled in serious danger, however lightly they started out.

So, do I think The Adventures of Tom Sawyer worthy of its accolades, worthy of being classed as one of the greatest classics? Yes and no. Written in 1876, it is a powerful and evocative telling of an era some thirty or forty years earlier. As a picture of a medium sized town and its characters, as an adventure story, it works and works well. By the time I’d finished it, I was enjoying it. It took me a while, though.

I’m glad I’ve read it, but I don’t think I’d read another.
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