The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Front Cover
Dover Publications, Jan 1, 1998 - Fiction - 184 pages
38 Reviews
Whether forming a pirate gang to search for buried treasure or spending a quiet time at home, sharing his medicine with Aunt Polly's cat, the irrepressible Tom Sawyer evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth century rural America. In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which sordid characters and violent incidents sometimes intruded. The tale powerfully appeals to both adult and young imaginations. Readers explore this memorable setting with a slyly humorous born storyteller as their guide.
Tom and Huck Finn conceal themselves in the town cemetery, where they witness a grave robbery and a murder. Later, the boys, feeling unappreciated, hide out on a forested island while the townspeople conduct a frantic search and finally mourn them as dead. The friends triumphantly return to town to attend their own funeral, in time for a dramatic trial for the graveyard murder. A three-day ordeal ensues when Tom and his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, lose their way in the very cave that conceals the murderer.
With its hilarious accounts of boyish pranks and its shrewd assessments of human nature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has captivated generations of readers of all ages. This inexpensive edition of the classic novel offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to savor a witty and action-packed account of small-town boyhood in a bygone era.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
24
4 stars
8
3 stars
5
2 stars
1
1 star
0

Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn #1)

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

This is my favorite book of all time. I recently re-read it and it was better than I remember. Tom Sawyer is a likable main character. I also enjoyed the third-party narration. The narrator enhances ... Read full review

Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn #1)

User Review  - Brandt - Goodreads

I have just finished reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by: Mark Twain. Mark Twain's life is almost as exciting as Tom Sawyer's. Mark Twain is actually just a pen name his real name is Samuel ... Read full review

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1998)

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Bibliographic information