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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 70,452 / 204 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.3
LoC Categories: PS, PZ
Downloads: 158,858 7033
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"A young boy grows up in the antebellum South on the Mississippi River in the town of St. Petersberg, based on the town of Hannibal, Missouri."--Wikipedia

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to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden. Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank; repeated the operation; did it again; compared the insignificant whitewashed streak with the far-reaching continent of unwhitewashed fence, and sat down on a tree-box discouraged. Jim came skipping out at the gate with a tin pail, and singing Buffalo Gals. Bringing water from the town pump had always been hateful work in Tom's eyes, before, but now it did not strike him so. He remembered 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."

Jim shook his head and said:

"Can't, Mars Tom. Ole mi

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.8 from 8 reviews: *****
Lev Zeppelin

The highest literature... The Master and the Humanist!.. Well-known in USSR - but lesser in Russia of nowadays...

Mary Catherine, I\'m happy for you! =)


This is just as good as it was the first time I read it! Now, to read it with my son. Then, we are going to watch the musical that was based on it, that is if I can find it! I remember watching it years ago.


A charming account of life in the South but it's still a little too rosy. Nevertheless some of Twain's best writing is on display here

Darren Shan

This book is very good. There are some parts that just show his biggest farces and fails, but the rest is great!


This book is very good so far. I am reading it in my class and is planning on reading this ahead on my ipod.

Mary Catherine

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a thoroughly entertaining and charming story. I just read it for the first time (at age 50) and can't believe that I missed out for all these years.

The world of Tom, Huckleberry, Becky, Aunt Polly and all the folk of 19th century St. Petersburg, Missouri is a place you MUST visit at least once. Mark Twain perfectly captures the universal joy and pain of childhood in this remarkable book.


thank you for all

Sidney Hobbs

Anything by Mark Twain is good. I am a New Zealander, but I can appreciate the down to earth Back Home US of A merit of this book. If you can, before you read it, try to see the really old film that was made with this title. Victore Jure(?) portrait of Tom's nemisis was so very good, and Aunt Polly was wonderfull too.



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