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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Signet Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780451528643
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

 

Take a lighthearted, nostalgic trip to a simpler time, seen through the eyes of a very special boy named Tom Sawyer. It is a dreamlike summertime world of hooky and adventure, pranks and punishment, villains and young love, filled with memorable characters. Adults and young readers alike continue to enjoy this delightful classic of the promise and dreams of youth from one of America’s most beloved authors.

  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

He has no mother, his father is a brutal drunkard, and he sleeps in a barrel. He’s Huck Finn—liar, sometime thief, and rebel against respectability. But when Huck meets a runaway slave named Jim, his life changes forever. On their exciting flight down the Mississippi aboard a raft, the boy nobody wanted matures into a young man of courage and conviction. As Ernest Hemingway said of this glorious novel: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.

 

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Newly repackaged and featuring a new Introduction, Twain's classic tales of life on the Mississippi capture both the complexities of American life while regaling the boyhood adventures of two of the most popular characters in American literature. Reissue.

Synopsis:

Few books capture both the simplicity and complexities of American life quite like these enduring "boyhood" classics by Mark Twain.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Take a lighthearted, nostalgic trip to a simpler time, seen through the eyes of a special boy named Tom Sawyer. It is a summertime world of hooky and adventure, pranks and punishment, villains and young love.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

He has no mother, his father is a drunkard, and he sleeps in a barrel. He's Huck Finn-liar, sometime thief, and rebel against respectability. But when Huck meets a runaway slave named Jim, his life changes forever. And on a raft floating down the Mississippi, the boy nobody wanted matures into a young man of courage and conviction.

Now includes a new introduction.

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental-and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called "the Lincoln of our literature."

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a classics reader, January 7, 2011 (view all comments by a classics reader)
These books were written in a very different time in this country's history. As you would expect almost everything to have changed dramatically in the last century, so have social mores. So has the language, our way of dressing, the transporation we use, the way we eat, the way we entertain ourselves. If read in that perspective, there is a lot to be learned about life as it was lived 150 years ago. And I am buying this book now, before it is revised. I think it is important to keep it the way that it is, so we can all learn the lesson that it teaches.
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snehapriyamarripati, March 20, 2008 (view all comments by snehapriyamarripati)
ADVENTURES OF TWO NAUGHTY BOYS {OR }THINKINGS OF TWO SMALL GUYS {OR}STORIE ABOUT TWO SPECIAL BOYS
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ipseityy, August 6, 2006 (view all comments by ipseityy)
As a young adult, I would not recommend this book. I was assigned to read it as a summer project and I simply did not care for it. Some of it, in fact, was rather offending. For one, the countless times Mark Twain makes fun of the black race is just disgusting. It seems one of the main ideas in the book is that the black race is unintelligent and good for nothing besides caring for the white people. It really bothered me how much he put them down on almost every single page. That is why some parts of America are still fighting racism, because young children and adults are being showered with old ideas that we are trying to get rid of today.

Despite the constant racial comments in the book, it all depends on its reader how the information is taken. Yes, they are constantly using the N word and putting down the black race, but if the novel is read well, it is evident that Jim was no fool. He had incredible common sense; more than most of the white people named in the book. Yes, he was unnecessarily superstitious, but he always knew how to take care of himself, and he was constantly looking out for Huck Finn. He may not have been the most intelligent character in the book, but he sure was loyal to his friends, and that right there makes a man smart in my opinion.

Besides the racial controversy, the book itself is not terrible. It is quite hard to understand in some parts because of the accents that the different characters use, but for the most part, it teaches that a person gets what is coming to them. Several times in the story it tells of crooks and thieves that lie to get what they want and you think they're going to get away with it, but at the very end of the book, they get what they deserve. Overall, I would not recommend this book to the younger, more impressionable youth, but to mature young adults that can read this novel and learn the life lessons that it teaches.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451528643
Introduction:
Fishkin, Shelley Fisher
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Introduction by:
Fishkin, Shelley Fisher
Introduction:
Fishkin, Shelley Fisher
Author:
Twain, Mark
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Fugitive slaves
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
20021203
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
6.80x4.24x.94 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Newly repackaged and featuring a new Introduction, Twain's classic tales of life on the Mississippi capture both the complexities of American life while regaling the boyhood adventures of two of the most popular characters in American literature. Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , Few books capture both the simplicity and complexities of American life quite like these enduring "boyhood" classics by Mark Twain.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Take a lighthearted, nostalgic trip to a simpler time, seen through the eyes of a special boy named Tom Sawyer. It is a summertime world of hooky and adventure, pranks and punishment, villains and young love.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

He has no mother, his father is a drunkard, and he sleeps in a barrel. He's Huck Finn-liar, sometime thief, and rebel against respectability. But when Huck meets a runaway slave named Jim, his life changes forever. And on a raft floating down the Mississippi, the boy nobody wanted matures into a young man of courage and conviction.

Now includes a new introduction.

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