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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Unabridged edition (26 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141808748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141808741
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,665 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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Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910). He was born in Missouri, USA. He travelled around America, seeking fame and fortune before becoming a successful journalist and travel writer. In 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, inspired by his own childhood, was published, followed eight years later by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. A. North on 30 Aug. 2013
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It took my 7 year old quite a while to get used to the accent this is read in. Once he did, he did like the story though, but there were quite a few words he didn't understand
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Censorship an Mark Twain 24 Oct. 2012
By Susan - Published on
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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn certainly rank among the very finest fiction in the American literary canon. Only fools would suggest otherwise. Unfortunately, other fools have censored both books. This is an obscenity. Do these morons actually think that they need to protect the reading public from ideas that were the cultural norm 175 years ago? What unmitigated, insufferable, ignominious gall. Thankfully, Amazon can still provide us with the original versions of these brilliant books. The suggestion that reading Twain in his original prose somehow endangers the public good is both specious and ridiculous. So, then, if we read Lolita will we become pedophiles? If we read Pound will we become fascists? If we read Portnoy's Complaint will we masturbate constantly? The exquisite sensitivity of some groups within our society says more about their determined unwillingness to embrace the freedom and democracy they enjoy than anything else. To hell with them. Buy these wonderful books and read them guilt-free.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great Edition, Lousy Binding 14 Sept. 2011
By J. Davis - Published on
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Unabridged and IllustratedThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer that I bought from is a paperback Piccadilly Classics (Unabridged and Illustrated) edition, written by Mark Twain (Samuel Langborne Clemens) and illustrated by T. Williams, and published by Piccadilly Books, Ltd. copyright 2010.

I am VERY pleased with this edition's keeping to the Mark Twain's original manuscript and the use of (from my understanding...and by the looks of it) wonderfully-used original illustrations. I mean, really, the size of the book, typeface and insertion of the illustrations are artfully done and flow very nicely.

The thing that makes me sick about this book, is that it is less than 1-month old and falling apart DURING my first reading of it. Such a fun, beautiful and timeless book deserves to be printed accordingly. A classic deserves a matching binding and cover quality that will withstand numerous generations of readers effortlessly.

Specific problems I have had with my copy include: (1) The pages are bound together unevenly. I had a mind just to send the book back to amazon when I saw this flaw, because I knew they would right the problem immediately. My kids saw some of the illustrations and cover, however, and were so ready for me to read it NOW, that I kept it and decided it would just be an imperfect addition to our library. But more imperfections promptly presented themselves. (2) Because of the uneven binding job, the cover tore at the bottom where there are no pages to hold it up (the unevenly bound pages "slant" to full starting at the front cover back). (3) The cheaply-laminated cover has ALREADY started curling apart at both corners (front and back), and in the middle (front and back), where I hold the book to read it.

This edition was unfortunately not available in hardcover. I would LOVE a hardcover, quality copy of this specific edition!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Audio Version 10 July 2011
By Kathryn A Hickman - Published on
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My husband and I listened to these CD's while traveling, and found ourselves over and over praising the reader chosen for this CD. He entertains with a remarkable variety of voices, all very authentic, and brings the story of Tom Sawyer alive in ways I never expected. I am SO happy I chose this version..I can't recommend it enough!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
After All is Said and Done, He Was a Good Boy 29 Aug. 2013
By John Panagopoulos - Published on
Format: Paperback
***This review may contain spoilers.***

Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (hereafter "Tom Sawyer") is much more than a superficially fun and episodic chronicle of a rascally misbehaving kid's experiences in a Missouri town because, well, Tom is much more than a rascally misbehaving kid. Although he is indifferent to stuffy and pedantic academic and religious studies, Tom has lots of native intelligence and motivational leadership qualities. For example, of course, he employs "reverse psychology" in the classic fence-painting sequence, but he also leads groups of kids in playing war games, Robin Hood (the tale and language of which he has eagerly absorbed), and even truant pirates on a remote Mississippi River isle. Tom can even be boldly truthful, as when he overcomes his fear of retribution from "Joe" and testifies in court that he witnessed "Joe" murder young Dr. Robinson, a graverobbing co-conspirator, and frame a second co-conspirator Muff Potter for the crime.

Tom even has earnest, if sometimes clumsy and fickle, romantic aspirations. His "abandonment" of his `engagement" to Amy Lawrence in favor of "Becky Thatcher" attests to that. Like those of soap opera lovers, their courtship is erratic, flirtatious, off-and-on, and even vindictive until Tom proves his gallantry by taking the painful rap for Becky Thatcher's accidental damage of the schoolmaster's anatomy book. He becomes even more of a gallant, resourceful, composed hero by comforting Becky and himself after getting lost in the labyrinthine cave they were playing in and devising a stratagem (tying a string so they don't let lost in the maze, as Theseus did when entering the Minotaur's maze) to get out.

Tom also certainly knows how to attract attention and admiration. As a prime example, after thinking Tom and some friends have drowned (the pirate episode), the townsfolk conduct a "funeral". Tom has the enviable, vicarious pleasure of secretly witnessing his own funeral and hearing praise from people who usually consider him a juvenile delinquent. He also secretly witnesses his long-suffering, quasi-disciplinarian, but tender-hearted Aunt Polly mourning for him, and, after "resurrecting" himself to the people, and, driven by pity, Tom tells a fabricated "dream" detailing how Aunt Polly cried for him. He tells the truth to Aunt Polly, and explains he did not mean to be mean, but only to give her comfort. To her credit, although Aunt Polly gets exasperated by Tom's shenanigans, she realizes that he has a good heart.

Tom is practically Huckleberry Finn's idol. An orphaned, homeless pariah, Huck is shunned by the proper townsfolk for his "lawlessness" but envied by the children for his freedom from societal conventions. Tom leads Huck into many of his misadventures and provides consoling reason and comfort when the normally shy and secretive Huck is reluctant to play along. Most rewardingly, Tom deduces where "Joe" buried some gold coins in the maze-like cave and he and Huck become rather wealthy. The kind Widow Douglas even adopts Huck and, to the boy's horror, promises to make him a civilized gentlemen. Tom persuades Huck to "endure" civilization by promising him a place in his "deadly" robber gang, since robbers are "respectable" like nobility.

Twain's attitude toward Tom (and his tone in "Tom Sawyer") is in one sense mock-serious and in another genuinely concerned. "Tom Sawyer" finds amusement in Tom acting "grown-up" but also indulgently treats his thoughts and feelings with respect, because it realizes what is trivial to an adult can be quite important to a child. "Tom Sawyer" mainly through Tom also takes soft but pointed jabs at the sanctimony, hypocrisy, and pomposity of teachers, priests, and other adult authority figures and makes us understand why Tom (and especially Huck) disdain the shackles of rigid society. Most of all, "Tom Sawyer" reassures us that although Tom has his share of faults and vices, he has more positive qualities (and innate goodness) that will insure (to paraphrase the novel) a bright future, even the Presidency, provided he avoids imprisonment and hanging.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cruisin' Down the River 24 Mar. 2011
By Craobh Rua - Published on
Format: Paperback
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835. He is best known for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer - albeit under the name St Petersburg.

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was first published in 1876, but is set in the 1840s. Tom's two best friends are Joe Harper and Huck Finn. Joe is a similar character to Tom, a leader of men in the school's playground. Huck, on the other hand, is viewed with dread by the town's mothers. (Naturally, he's a likeable character with a good heart, and is adored by all the schoolchildren). He is the son of the town drunk and has to look out for himself : he sleeps wherever he can find shelter, doesn't go to school or church, is a world-class-swearer. The golden-haired Becky Thatcher, though, is someone is desperate to impress : the new girl in town, Tom is head over heels with Becky from the second he sees her.

Tom and his younger half-brother Sid live with his Aunt Polly, his dead mother's sister. The two boys are very different. Tom is an imaginative boy who isn't keen on school and is always getting up to some sort of mischief - although there isn't anything malicious in his makeup. Sid, meanwhile, is quiet, well-behaved and loves to see Tom get into trouble. Chores and the inevitable punishments are constantly getting in the way of Tom's schemes - and, as the book goes on, both Tom and Huck become more afraid of the dreaded Injun Joe.

A quick and easy read, one that brought back a lot of memories. (All the superstitions and the solemn oaths, how you were always so unfairly treated as a kid - and the world would always be a better place if you could only run away). Absolutely recommended.
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