The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, English, Paperback, 2010
Author Mark Twain
Central Compilation and Translation Press
Publication Date Jan 2010
Page material gelatine plate paper
Tom Sawyer is a bright and witty child; he is not satisfied to the classroom that is bound to one’s mind, and also unwilling to be enslaved to narrow-minded folkway. He begins playing truant, and imitates the hero stories; construct a childlike robber gang with his friends, then experiences funny, humorous, adventure full of childishness and playfulness.
Twain, M, Samuel Langhorne Clemens(1835-1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is extensively quoted. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, Industrialists, and European royalty.
Twain enjoyed immense public popularity. His keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".
POST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual: he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and there fore belongs to the composite order of architecture. The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story; that is to say, thirty or forty years ago. Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try pleasantly to remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.
ATURDAY MORNING was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. There was a song in every heart; and ifthe heart was young the music issued at the lips. Therewas cheer in every face and a spring in every step. Thelocust-trees were in bloom and the fragrance of the blossomsfilled the air.
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.
Tom appeared on the side-walk with a bucket of white wash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence and the gladness went out of nature, and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board-fence nine feethigh. It seemed to him that life was hollow, and existence but a burden. Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank; repeated the operation; did itagain; compared the insignificant whitewashed streak withthe far-reaching continent of unwhitewashed fence, andsat down on a tree-box discouraged. Jim came skipping out at the gate with a tin pail, and singing Buffalo Gals. Bringingwater from the town pump had always been hateful work in Tom's eyes, before, but now it did not strike him so. Here membered that there was company at the pump. White, mulatto, and negro boys and girls were always there waiting their turns, resting, trading playthings, quarrelling, fighting, skylarking. And he remembered that although the pump was only a hundred and fifty yards off, Jim never got back with a bucket of water under an hour; and even then somebody generally had to go after him. Tom said:’ Say, Jim, I'll fetch the water if you'll whitewash some.’ whitewashing with vigor and Aunt Polly was retiring from the field with a slipper in her hand and triumph in her eye. But Tom's energy did not last. He began to think of the fun he had planned for this day, and his sorrows multiplied. Soon the free boys would come tripping along on all sorts of delicious expeditions
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