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Tom Sawyer Abroad (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Book 3) by [Twain, Mark]
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "The Great American Novel". Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. After an apprenticeship with a printer, Twain worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother, Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Though Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he invested in ventures that lost a great deal of money, notably the Paige Compositor, a mechanical typesetter, which failed because of its complexity and imprecision. In the wake of these financial setbacks, he filed for protection from his creditors via bankruptcy, and with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain chose to pay all his pre-bankruptcy creditors in full, though he had no legal responsibility to do so. Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it", too. He died the day after the comet returned. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age",and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1540837033
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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What a fun and funny (peculiar) short novel 'Tom Sawyer Abroad' (1894) is. Ostensibly a sequel to the lauded 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' penned a decade earlier, it reintroduces us to our juvenile heroes but sends then on an entirely different type of escapade. Leaving the Mississippi River far behind, Tom and Huck (plus ex-slave Jim) find themselves literally caught up in a mad professor's air balloon, from which they set sail to Africa (having missed England on route). For the time in which it was written, the story would have appeared as science fiction. Indeed, it would seem that Mark Twain was inspired by Jules Verne's 'Five Weeks in a Balloon' (1863) when he wrote this pastiche.

'Tom Sawyer Abroad' has come under much criticism over the years, principally for its failure to follow coherently in the footsteps of the two earlier Tom and Huck novels. However, once the reader accepts that this is definitely NOT 'Huckleberry Finn II', then there is much to enjoy here. Much of the novel involves tangled debates amongst the three lead characters on subjects as diverse as whether or not The Earth is flat and why the flea is the fastest animal on the planet. The sharp, absurd dialogue reminded me of the great Groucho-Chico exchanges in the best of the Marx Brothers movies. Amid the froth, there are also some very perceptive (and still) pertinent observations. For example, an attack upon newspapers notes how they "fetches you the troubles of everybody all over the world, and keeps you downhearted and dismal most all the time."

To conclude, 'Tom Sawyer Abroad' is (by virtue of its rather contrived set-up and disjointed structure) no masterpiece.
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Even though this was writen many years ago it is still very entertaining. Twain's style of writing subtlely and eloquently conveys the political and cultural ethos of the time wrapped in a story tale for adults. Highly recommend.
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Entertaining take, but I am sure he could have made it include even more variety, and it ends all too sudden
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Very Good!
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