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Tom Sawyer Abroad & Tom Sawyer, Detective (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Mark Twain
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15 July 2009 Wordsworth Classics

This Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction and Notes by Stuart Hutchinson.

Following on from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884-5) Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) became one of Mark Twain's most popular books. Again we meet his world famous characters: Tom Sawyer, 'Nigger Jim', and Huck Finn - together now on a fantastical balloon journey across the Atlantic to meet lions and Bedouins in the Sahara and retrace something of Twain's own expedition to the Holy Land in his best-selling The Innocents Abroad (1869). Later, in Tom Sawyer Detective (1896), Twain returns us the banks of the Mississippi and a murder mystery involving identical twins and stolen diamonds. The author is back in his formative territory, the region his imagination could never leave behind. It provides him with another comedy of human foibles starring the irrepressible Tom Sawyer.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840221836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840221831
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Mark Twain winner 6 Jan 2014
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If you like Samuel Clemens' (Mark Twain) odd but educational and moral writing, you'll love this. The second story carries on from Adventures... and puts you right back in the thick of the Missouri landscape. The first story is more adventurous. Told in the first person (Huck) Tom, Huck and Jim set off on a futuristic hot air balloon across Africa where they encounter (wrongly) lions AND tigers, Bedouin peoples, horrific storms - both rain and sand - and much more. A great escape from the dreary, wet days we've been having!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sequels Obscure for a Reason 27 May 2012
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While most people are familiar with Mark Twain's major works "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," few are aware of his two novella-length sequels, "Tom Sawyer Abroad" and "Tom Sawyer, Detective". The reason both have languished in obscurity is that, in different ways, they are both pretty awful!

"Tom Sawyer Abroad" is a bad Jules Verne imitation in which Huck, Tom, and Jim fly a mad scientist's balloon airship over the Atlantic and the Sahara Desert to the pyramids and the Sphinx. It sounds like fun, but it isn't. The plot has gigantic logic holes and ends with unsatisfying, silly abruptness.

"Tom Sawyer, Detective" is a spoof of mysteries with a tediously elaborate plot. Twain based his story on a real life incident, but his clumsy insertion of Tom and Huck into the exposition destroys any suspense the tale might have had.

Huck Finn narrates both tales and occasionally provides a mildly entertaining malapropism ("the lawyer for the prostitution"). But the strength of Twain's writing, I think, is his character-based humor. Both these stories fail because there is far too much outlandish plot and not enough wry reflection by the characters.
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