The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark TwainSo, my daughter just started reading Tom Sawyer for the very first time, and I am jealous of her!
First of all, she can read it in original, while I read it in translation as a child. Second, I wish I could still have that immediate, surprised response to the silly situations. About every five minutes, she comes into my room, reading out loud some funny quotes, making the scenes come alive in my memory again. The fight between the two boys threatening with their fake big brothers, followed by the famous selling of the honour to take over Toms Saturday chore -the fence white washing, and so on, and so on. All that humorous content is being quoted in a voice broken by giggles. Her favourite new expression is the terms of the next disagreement agreed upon, as used in the context of the deadly serious war games that Tom Sawyer engages in.
Shes completely mesmerised, and she hasnt even got to the scary parts yet, or to the budding love affair.
There is magic in a childrens classic that can make mothers and daughters laugh together at the silliness of naughty boys, and at the fact that very little has changed in the dynamics of childhood friendships, despite the time that has passed since the novel was written.
It has just the right mix of exotic, historical appeal and universal human behaviour to make a perfect introduction into world literature.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Rush had arrived at a crossroads when they came to write Tom Sawyer. In the 70s they had become the undisputed masters of progressive hard rock, famed for their epic conceptual pieces that played out over entire sides of vinyl. But with their first album of the s — Permanent Waves — came a significant change. The result was that hit single, The Spirit Of Radio : a virtuoso-rock tour de force compacted into less than five minutes. Bookish drummer Neil Peart, the author of all Rush lyrics since , had previously found inspiration in ancient mythology and science fiction, but for Permanent Waves his writing was simpler, his subject matter more worldly. Tom Sawyer was the crystallisation of this new, modern Rush: a powerful, finely crafted hard rock song with a punchy yet deeply philosophical message. But it was also a song for which Rush were indebted not only to a giant of American literature, Mark Twain, but also to a rather peculiar Canadian named Pye Dubois.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1st ed. The novel, which sold slowly at first for the author, can be appreciated on multiple levels. Children can enjoy the adventure story, and adults can appreciate the satire. He seems to most enjoy getting into trouble. After missing school one day and getting into a fight , Tom is punished with the task of whitewashing a fence. However, he turns the punishment into a bit of entertainment and tricks other boys to finish the work for him. He convinces the boys that the chore is a great honor, so he receives small, precious objects in payment.
Petersburg, Missouri. After playing hooky from school on Friday and dirtying his clothes in a fight, Tom is made to whitewash the fence as punishment on Saturday. At first, Tom is disappointed by having to forfeit his day off. However, he soon cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He trades these treasures for tickets given out in Sunday school for memorizing Bible verses and uses the tickets to claim a Bible as a prize. He loses much of his glory, however, when, in response to a question to show off his knowledge, he incorrectly answers that the first two disciples were David and Goliath.