ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Twain was an American author from the late 1800’s. His given name was Samuel Clemens.

Mark was a writer in a city newspaper before he authored the critically acclaimed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He wrote several pieces under various pen names with subjects based around comedy and the experiences pertaining to his travels. Mark Twain was invited to deliver many lectures before he became a published author.

Apart from his two most popular novels, Twain also went on to pen down historical fictions later in his life. He established a publishing company that ultimately went bankrupt despite Twain’s multiple attempts to publish a novel. Twain then went back to writing articles for newspapers. His final work was an autobiography, which he dictated. It was published posthumously and became a bestseller.

SYNOPSIS

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a book about a little boy named Tom, who has a tendency for getting into trouble due to his mischievousness. He has the same desires as any boy his age, but those desires often land him in extraordinary circumstances.

The story begins with a description of what an ordinary afternoon is like in the life of Tom Sawyer. He comes off as notoriously indomitable at the outset. However, the actual plot soon kicks in once Tom finds himself in a perilous situation. This is what drives his subsequent actions, though at no point does he lose his carefree attitude. In fact, he makes good use of his ingenuity when faced with tough situations.

Tom ends up in Huckleberry’s company, leading to more adventures and mishaps. Huckleberry is a lovable character and he complements Tom’s impulsive nature. Together, they make a deadly duo.

WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published in the late 1800’s. It has become a twenty-first century classic and for good reason. The book blends the innocence and imagination of a young child without robbing the story of the complexity of daily life. Tom has been portrayed as a kid who likes to have fun. However, he is also a kind and thoughtful boy. His motivations are pure albeit outlandish at times, like when he wishes to be a pirate.

The book is a masterpiece of humor. It stems from two young boys failing to grasp the gravity of a matter. They make decisions that seem harmless at first, but end up distressing their fellow villagers in Missouri.

The story ends on a satisfactory note with all the loose ends tied up.

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

The book is a great addition to a child’s and an adult’s library alike. A classic like this needs no modification. It serves as a reminder to everyone to lead a carefree life like Tom and not let life weigh us down.

QUOTES

Ah, if he could only die temporarily!

And this would help him to understand why constructing artificial flowers or performing on a tread-mill is work, while rolling ten-pins or climbing Mont Blanc is only amusement. There are wealthy gentlemen in England who drive four-horse passenger-coaches twenty or thirty miles on a daily line, in the summer, because the privilege costs them considerable money; but if they were offered wages for the service, that would turn it into work and then they would resign.

CONCLUSION

Ameya Score:
5/5

In conclusion, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the must reads of English literature. The book is written in plain English. It contains profound thoughts that transcend the years of Tom, and readers will be left wanting for more of his adventures.

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