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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYERTake A Lighthearted, Nostalgic Trip To A Simpler Time, Seen Through The Eyes Of A Very Special Boy Named Tom Sawyer It Is A Dreamlike Summertime World Of Hooky And Adventure, Pranks And Punishment, Villains And First Love, Filled With Memorable Characters Adults And Young Readers Alike Continue To Enjoy This Delightful Classic Of The Promise And Dreams Of Youth From One Of America S Most Beloved Authors ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINNHe Has No Mother, His Father Is A Brutal Drunkard, And He Sleeps In A Barrel He S Huck Finn Liar, Sometime Thief, And Rebel Against Respectability But When Huck Meets A Runaway Slave Named Jim, His Life Changes Forever On Their Exciting Flight Down The Mississippi Aboard A Raft, The Boy Nobody Wanted Matures Into A Young Man Of Courage And Conviction As Ernest Hemingway Said Of This Glorious Novel, All Modern American Literature Comes From One Book By Mark Twain Called Huckleberry Finn Back Cover I m counting this as one book because it s read both back to back as part of my books I always wanted to read challenge, and I only want it to count as one book It s number four If I m being honest Tom Sawyer gets four stars and Huckleberry Finn gets three Maybe I was tired of these boys and their crazy antics and the racism by the time I got through the second one, but Tom Sawyer was palatable to me. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reposted here illegally The CCLaP 100 In which over a two year period I read a hundred so called classics, then write essays about whether I think they deserve the labelThis week The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain 1876 Book 6 of this essay series The story in a nutshell Designed specifically to be a popular example of the then new American Pastoral novel, Tom Sawyer is Twain s look at an impossibly idyllic small town childhood that never was, that never could be, in fact, based very loosely on a handful of real events that happened in his own childhood in Hannibal, Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi River, about a four hour drive north of St Louis , but with each story sharpened and honed until they become too impossibly magical to be anything but fictional As such, then, the book mostly concerns those subjects regarding childhood that adults most fondly look back on with nostalgia the sense of societal freedom, the sense of playful rebellion, the simplicity and elegance of pre pubescent romance couched in an insanely whimsically perfect rural environment, one designed specifically to recall a kind of idealized frontier existence that most people even in 1876 had never actually experienced, much less all of us 132 years later.In fact, our titular hero Tom pretty much stands for each and every element of a noble childhood that we all secretly wish we could ve had a constant irritant to his legal guardian who is nonetheless clearly loved and constantly forgiven by her, clever hero to the rest of the neighborhood boys while still being a simple minded romantic to the girls he s got a shinin for Throughout the first half of the novel, then, we follow Tom and his cohorts as they get in and out of a series of short story worthy jams there s the Story of How Tom Convinced The Other Boys to Whitewash His Fence For Him, the Story of the Dog That Got Bit During Church And Made a Huge Racket, the Story of the Boys Who Ran Away and Played Pirates for a Week on a Mid River Island But Then Found Out That Everyone In Town Thought They Were Dead So Decided To Attend Their Own Funeral Yeah, impossibly romantic little stories about impossibly idyllic small town life, pretty much the definition of a Pastoral novel Add a serious story to propel the second half, then, in which a couple of local drunks actually do commit a murder one night, with Tom and his badboy friend Huck Finn being the only secret witnesses, and you ve got yourself a nice little morality tale as well, not to mention a great way to end the story buried treasure and a fantastic way to set yourself up for further sequels The argument for it being a classic As mentioned, one of the strongest arguments for Tom Sawyer being a classic is because it s one of the first and still best examples of the American Pastoral novel, an extremely important development in the cultural history of the Victorian Age that has unfortunately become a bit obscure in our times for those who don t know, it was basically an artistic rebellion against the Industrial Age of the early 1800s, a group of writers and painters and thinkers who came together to decry the dehumanization of mechanized urban centers Ironically, it was these same people who established what are now many of the best things about our modern cities, things like parks and libraries and zoning laws and all the other radical ideas that many people first laughed at when first proposed as a complement to these forward thinking theories, though, such artists also put together projects about rural small town life that were designed deliberately as political statements, as little manifestos about how much better it is when you live in the countryside and breathe fresh air and grow your own food and make your own clothes.The Pastoral movement first really caught on over in England , where urban industrial growth proceeded a lot quickly than in America, and where the detrimental effects of the age could be rapidly seen nonetheless, by the mid 1800s and especially after the horrific Civil War of 1860 65 , and Americans had started pining for this unique brand of entertainment as well, and pining for a good ol days that had never really existed This is what Twain built the entire first half of his career on, fans say, and it really doesn t get much better than Tom Sawyer for pure delightful small town escapist entertainment his later books might be better known, they say, respected within the academic world, but it is these earlier Pastoral tales that first really caught on with the public at large, and made him the huge success he was The argument against Of course, you can turn this argument straight around on its head there s a very good reason, after all, that this book s sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written ten years later is the much studied and analyzed of the two And that s because Twain only grew into his role as America s Greatest Political Satirist over time, critics of this book argue if you take a close look at his career, they say, you ll see that the majority of work he wrote in the first half of his career is either kitschy nostalgic housewife pabulum or smartass travelogues about how Americans pretty much hate everything and think they re better than everyone else We ve lost sight of this over the last century, the argument goes, but Twain wasn t really considered a serious writer until late in life and already a big success I suppose you can think of it in terms of Steven Spielberg pre and post Schindler s List, with Tom Sawyer being the 1800s version of the popular but ultimately intellectually empty E.T. My verdict So let me first admit that I am probably too close to this book to be able to be completely objective about it after all, I grew up just three hours away from the town of Hannibal where these events took place, have visited the town many times over the years, connected deeply with the book when a child precisely because of it taking place so close to where I lived, and in fact have probably now seen and read a dozen movie, television, comic book and stage play adaptations of the novel by now as well Why yes, even as late as the 1970s, in rural Missouri you could still find plenty of stage play versions of Tom Sawyer each year, mostly Summerstock and other community productions I will always love this story because it will always remind me of my childhood, just as is the case I imagine with a whole lot of people out there of nighttime barefoot runs through woods, of bizarre superstitious rituals held in the bottoms of muddy creek beds.That said, it was certainly interesting to read it again as an adult for the first time, I think maybe the first time I ve ever actually read the original novel from the first page to the last without stopping, because what its critics say really is true there really is just not much of substance at all to Tom Sawyer, other than a collection of amusing little stories about small town life, held together with just the flimsiest of overall plots In fact, the I learn about Twain, the I realize that his career really can be seen as two strikingly different halves there is the first half, where Twain was not much than a failed journalist but great storyteller, who started writing down these stories just because he didn t have much else better to do and then there s the second half, when he s already famous and finally gets bitter and smart and political, as we now erroneously think of his entire career in our hazy collective memories This doesn t prevent me from still loving Tom Sawyer, and still confidently labeling it a classic for its American Pastoral elements it does give me a better understanding of it, though, in terms of Twain s overall career, and how we should see it as merely one step along a highly complex line the man walked when he was alive.Is it a classic Yes And in fact, the term Pastoral has actually been around since the 1500s or the beginning of the Renaissance and originally referred to stories specifically about shepherds these anti city writers of the Victorian Age sorta co opted the term from the original, with the American wing then co opting it from the Brits. Though its a combined collection but I bought it only for to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn I could have written much but there is not much to say about this work So, it would be just a brief snapshot of my thoughts on the same For me its nowhere belongs to the nearby aura of what The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has created so far since my childhood What I read and feel while going through The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , this character is nowhere close to that level.Only at point when Tom entered the scene, it became realistic and adventurous in true sense I must say that the mind of author what runs for Tom didn t ran that well for Huck not even same Its quite boring at various points Start was flat and so is the part with Jim being with Huck on the island Only part that was interesting is either with Tom in the last scenes or when Huck was with Grangerfords with the Mary Jane part Even the part of king and duke was boring except when them being introduced to Huck.Language with Jim Aunt Sally s Nigger has been written with so deep analysis of the words came out of Black people around his habitat surroundings That s something he created finely.The enjoyment that Tom created is far ahead of what Huck did, in comparing both of these Twain s worksSense of humor that worked with Tom didn t went well with Huck FinnI thought, separating Huck from Tom and that also while Tom in lead as theme character, spoiled things Twain s brain seemed to have been mischievous with Tom and dramatic with Huck That s the difference that can t easily be patted.In short, just for the Tom part in last scenes and part with Mary Jane, I m giving it 3.5 5.0 else I would have planned for only 3.0 5.0 so far. I had to decided to read Huckleberry Finn as a sort of preparation for Coover s new novel Huck Out West, but I bought the wrong book combining the two by accident so I decided to read Tom Sawyer anyway I m so happy I did And while that one was very good, I was much drawn to Huckleberry Finn.Anyway, on the subject soon For now I ll just say that there s a world of difference reading these novels as an adult after reading them as a child, and it s been eye opening.later.