The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Google eBook)

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American Publishing Company, 1881 - Adventure stories, American - 274 pages
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I liked the author's writing style. - Goodreads
My book club is reading this as our classic selection. - Goodreads
Case in point: the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - AlanWPowers - LibraryThing

At the risk of repeating myself, I have taught Tom Sawyer many times as the novel in my five-book freshman intro to lit at MA community colleges. Of course Huck Finn is the novel most taught in ... Read full review

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User Review  - OccassionalRead - LibraryThing

In the preface to Tom Sawyer Mark Twain writes that the book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls but that he hopes that men and women will not shun it on that account. Adults ... Read full review

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Page 18 - Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower and is cut down ; he fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not.
Page 26 - She! She never licks anybody — whacks 'em over the head with her thimble — and who cares for that, I'd like to know. She talks awful, but talk don't hurt — anyways it don't if she don't cry. Jim, I'll give you a marvel. I'll give you a white alley !" Jim began to waver. "White alley, Jim ! And it's a bully taw.
Page 168 - You'd scarce expect one of my age to speak in public on the stage...
Page 56 - The minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod — and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone, and thinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly worth the saving.
Page 17 - There was a slight noise behind her, and she turned just in time to seize a small boy by the slack of his roundabout and arrest his flight 'There! I might 'a thought of that closet What you been doing in there?
Page 28 - YOU'RE up a stump, ain't you!" No answer. Tom surveyed his last touch with the eye of an artist, then he gave his brush another gentle sweep and surveyed the result, as before. Ben ranged up alongside of him. Tom's mouth watered for the apple, but he stuck to his work. Ben said: "Hello, old chap, you got to work, hey?" Tom wheeled suddenly and said: "Why, it's you, Ben! I warn't noticing.
Page 130 - But this memory was too much for the old lady, and she broke entirely down. Tom was snuffling, now, himself — and more in pity of himself than anybody else. He could hear Mary crying, and putting in a kindly word for him from time to time. He began to have a nobler opinion of himself than ever before. Still he was sufficiently touched by his aunt's grief to long to rush out from under the bed and...
Page 30 - There was no lack of material; boys happened along every little while; they came to jeer but remained to whitewash. By the time Ben was fagged out, Tom had traded the next chance to Billy Fisher for a kite in good repair; and when he played out, Johnny Miller bought in for a dead rat and a string to swing it with—and so on, and so on, hour after hour.
Page 29 - That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth stepped back to note the effect - added a touch here and there - criticized the effect again - Ben watching every move, and getting more and more interested, more and more absorbed. Presently he said: 'Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.
Page 25 - Cardiff Hill, beyond the village and above it, was green with vegetation, and it lay just far enough away to seem a Delectable Land, dreamy, reposeful, and inviting.

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